Arboreal Apocalypse 2012: O’Reilly and Gov. Chafee go head to head

A few days ago, we informed you that Bill O’Reilly was outraged at Governor Chafee’s ’75 P’14 decision to uphold the policies of the previous administration and call the Statehouse tree a holiday tree. Gov. Chafee also thwarted Bill’s plans to send protesters to the tree lighting yesterday by giving the good folk of Rhode Island 30 minutes notice before the ceremony.

Last night there was a five-minute “interview” with Governor Chafee on The O’Reilly Factor. Bill O’Reilly condemned Chafee for “making the American people unhappy during a season of joy,” and citing that a Holiday Tree has no tradition. He even went as far as to lecture the Governor on the history of Christmas trees (the history of Christmas trees could totally be like a class at Brown). At first, Chafee responded by saying that he was merely maintaining the policy of the previous Governor; it was not a controversy before, so why is Bill making it a controversy now? Well, Papa Bear Bill O’Reilly, of messin’-with-SPG fame, did not take kindly to that, and to be fair, that was a pretty weak comeback from the Governor. However, the second time Chafee was able to get a word in edgewise, he had a much more poignant point: Continue Reading

Arboreal Apocalypse 2012: And so it begins…

Grab your secular bulletproof vests and clutch your crucifix a little tighter. The first shot of the annual War on Christmas has been fired, right here in the state of Rhode Island.

That is, if Bill O’Reilly is to be believed.

I mean, this is a man who reports on things called “Supreme Rulings.” We’ve given him too much power to NOT believe him.

In Bill’s Talking Points Memo on Tuesday, he called out Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 for referring to the big thing with branches and lights in the State House as a “holiday tree,” rather than a dangerously partisan “Christmas tree.” This isn’t the first time this has happened. Last year protesters interrupted some happy kids with a pointedly religious rendition of “O Christmas Tree,” and on Tuesday Bill claimed he’d have people stationed in the crowd as soon as he found out the date of this year’s ceremony. Well, he’s out of luck on that front: in a surprise assault on the forces of the faithful, today Chafee gave a half-hour warning and basically just flipped a switch on the way to lunch, no questions asked.

Think that’s the end of the story? Fool! Holiday skirmishes don’t end that easily. Continue Reading