The 2010 Capitol Christmas Tree, from the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, made the Colbert Report last week, when the acerbic host poked fun at the ballyhooed tree’s Twitter feed. The tree also has its own Facebook page and blog (and at least threewebsites), prompting Faux News to call it “perhaps the hippest, most technology-savvy tree to grace the Capitol ground.”
The cutting of the 83-year-old Engelmann spruce at Pacific Creek and commencement of its journey inspired no small amount of mediaslobbering.
Count me among the Scrooges who question spending $300,000 or more to ship a 67-foot-tall tree 4,800 miles from Wyoming to D.C. Not to mention the environmental toll of said effort, and the cost of flying officials — Gov. Dave Freudenthal, for instance — to attend the tree lighting, which is tomorrow.
(Note: Gov Dave is not attending the ceremony, although one of the tree’s many websites reported he would.)
If only U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., had taken a scenic float trip down the Snake River, she would know that the pronghorn — the correct scientific name for antelope — is the fastest land animal in North America.
Wyoming’s lone congresswoman was a good sport as Stephen Colbert poked fun at her and the Cowboy, er, Equality State last night.