For reasons no one seems able to explain, the brightly decorated and lighted  Christmas tree outside the United States capitol has nothing on it that would connect it with Christmas -- the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus.

The tree does however have at least one decoration on it praising President Barack Obama.

The 63-foot Sierra White Fir lighted at the U.S. Capitol Grounds on December  6th as the official 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree includes a prominently displayed ornament paying homage to President Barack Obama.

On the north side of the tree--at a height of about 4 feet and easily visible to anyone near it---there is an ornament that says: “I ♥ President Obama.”

But, there is no ornament bearing the word “Christmas,” an image of the Nativity, or even the name or image of Jesus Christ.

When asked about this apparent oversight, the office of the Architect of the Capitol, which is responsible for the tree, told that it “does not have a policy nor any restrictions concerning the themes for the ornaments” that go on the tree.

A statement from the office says “There may be ornaments like those you describe near the top of the tree, or they could have been obscured or moved due to wind or weather."

via U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Pays Homage to Obama—But Not Jesus |

What do you think?  What does it say when the people in charge of the national Christmas tree appear to ignore the reason for the tree's very existence, but heap praise on the President?