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Sun Dec 2, 2018, 06:56 PM

Red Christmas tree florist surprised at horrible reactions

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/11/30/melanias-red-christmas-trees-reaction-shocks-decorations-volunteer/2160687002/
Amelia Florist Vickie Wenstrup is struggling to find an answer to this question. She was caught off-guard by the social media reaction to the red berry Christmas trees that she and a team of other volunteers labored over for three days.

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She thought that the design was perhaps inspired by the sculpted and shaped holly topiary trees in the garden that are visible outside the hallway's windows. The garden is one of two designed by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Wenstrup said.

The cranberry tree that adorns the White House Red Room could have also served as an inspiration, she suggested. Whatever the idea's source, it was not Wenstrup's. The first lady's team worked on that.

The red trees were part of her "American Treasures" theme, intended to honor America’s heritage.

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Reply Red Christmas tree florist surprised at horrible reactions (Original post)
Roland99 Dec 2 OP
libdem4life Dec 2 #1
Kajun Gal Dec 2 #2
global1 Dec 2 #5
Kajun Gal Dec 2 #18
matt819 Dec 2 #3
nini Dec 2 #4
Roland99 Dec 2 #9
nini Dec 2 #29
dembotoz Dec 2 #6
Chellee Dec 2 #19
TheBlackAdder Dec 2 #32
Sanity Claws Dec 2 #7
Cha Dec 2 #16
vlyons Dec 2 #8
ananda Dec 2 #10
irisblue Dec 2 #11
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struggle4progress Dec 2 #14
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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 06:59 PM

1. Oh, pshaw!!! nt

 

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 06:59 PM

2. MAGA red! And Christmas trees ain't frickin RED!

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Response to Kajun Gal (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:06 PM

5. Russian Red.....nt

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Response to Kajun Gal (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:48 PM

18. Last yr's decorations, as morbid as they were, were better.....but still crappy.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 06:59 PM

3. And it might have worked

If there were no trumps involved or if it were in a corporate environment. Did they look at the trees from the last 10 presidents?

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:02 PM

4. It's not my style but it wasn't bad either

It just comes from evil so it's tough to get on on board with anything that nazi trump handling plant does.

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Response to Roland99 (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 09:50 PM

29. That did cross my mind

and I'm sure it's supposed to.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:07 PM

6. So u get an order to celebrate and it turns to shit

Feel sorry for florist. Hope she got paid

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:55 PM

19. According to the article, she was a volunteer.

"In January, Bruce Wenstrup requested letters of recommendations from clients and assembled a portfolio. He filled several binders with favorable letters and other materials promoting his wife as an ideal volunteer. He sent copies to the first lady, her chief of staff, and the head floral designer.

In October, Bruce Wenstrup learned that his wife had been selected. He surprised her with the news on Oct. 27 over a family dinner. Vickie Wenstrup cried."

I can understand a florist having a dream to decorate the White House for Christmas, but I wouldn't have done this for the Trumps. It makes me feel less sorry for her.

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Response to Chellee (Reply #19)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 10:37 PM

32. That's how Trump suckered people to donate items for his weddings. They wanted publicity, got none.

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This one's getting publicity, however, not the kind she desired.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:07 PM

7. Holly has evergreen leaves with red berries

It is not blood red with no green.

How can this person claim that the blood red forest is somehow related to hollies?

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:43 PM

16. Exactly.. Pesky details that they

are unable to grasp.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:08 PM

8. where in America's heritage do you find a treasure of red shag carpet trees?

chalk it up to very bad taste

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:09 PM

10. I thought it was very ugly and over the top.

And I would think that no matter who designed it
or where!

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:23 PM

11. It's hard to express " American Treasurers" when you're Russian owned.

The other area pictures are fine, but the East Colonnade of the East Wing trees are a poor choice, IMO.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:35 PM

12. I saw it as blood as in the murder committed by the Saudi's

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:36 PM

13. It wouldn't have been so bad if there wasn't a damn forest of them

One or two would of been okay but they had what, a dozen in that hallway? Talk about overkill.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:40 PM

14. What next? Blood sacrifice?

Barbara Ellen

... When I first saw Melania’s cheery Christmas decor, I half expected to see Captain Kirk brandishing a ray gun between the branches. Or, maybe the tree-beings are shooting jets of nerve gas at White House visitors – should we send over David Davis to test this theory?

... Melania has such bold views about what comprises feelgood festive decorations. Last year, she did Revenge of the Narnian Snow Queen; this year, it’s Yuletide Malarial ...

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/02/melania-trump-next-year-christmas-tree-theme-blood-sacrifice

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:43 PM

15. These trees I'm sure would be lovely in a different setting with some different accompaniments

with a different arrangement from a different fist lady. It's not the florists fault.

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Response to UniteFightBack (Reply #15)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 09:12 PM

24. The Christmas Trees of Death? No, I don't think they would

The regular tree-looking trees were okay. The bright red traffic cone ones, not so.

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Response to UniteFightBack (Reply #15)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 09:16 PM

26. I agree, not that big of deal. Only because of Trump and Russia does it matter. nt

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 07:45 PM

17. I feel sorry for the volunteer florists. As before, the "first lady's team" is truly terrible...

And there are so many of those thngs it is just overwhelming.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 08:09 PM

20. Melania seems to like American Horror Story Christmas themes

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 08:23 PM

21. She's just another Trumpster who feigns

surprise that nobody likes her team. She chose to be a part of it. She can deal with the consequences.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 08:25 PM

22. There were actually several rooms decorated that looked very cool.

The team also consisted of florists from Central Florida. But the red room, I'm afraid, is all Wenstrup.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 08:26 PM

23. "Just following orders" likely story.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 09:13 PM

25. You got to be kidding

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 09:27 PM

27. The obviously artificial (fake) red trees

match the family that chose them.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 09:30 PM

28. Bwah ha HAH!1 The first lady's team is *ALWAYS* a suspect!1

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 10:14 PM

30. If they had candy striped red, white and blue on the trees, that would have looked great.

As they were, they were just incredibly ugly. I like the term "murder trees" that was applied to them.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2018, 10:28 PM

31. Honor America's heritage. . . What? One tree represents the blood of 100,000 Native Americans?

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