Does Obama's White House feature a Christmas Nativity Scene?

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Apparently the holy family very nearly got shut out of the White Inn: The rumor is that the White House didn’t put up a crèche this year. That’s not true. What is true is the fact that the president and first lady considered not putting one up. That appears in a New York Times profile of Desirée Rogers, the White House social secretary. According to the story: “When former social secretaries gave a luncheon to welcome Ms. Rogers earlier this year, one participant said, she surprised them by suggesting the Obamas were planning a ‘non-religious Christmas’ — hardly a surprising idea for an administration making a special effort to reach out to other faiths. “The lunch conversation inevitably turned to whether the White House would display its crèche, customarily placed in a prominent spot in the East Room. Ms. Rogers, this participant said, replied that the Obamas did not intend to put the manger scene on display — a remark that drew an audible gasp from the tight-knit social secretary ... more
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