The one gig from which she hasn’t been booted yet. I saw her do this last year and couldn’t help but wonder how many green jobs we were creating by keeping a tree, cut before its natural death, lit with megawatt bulbs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I see we’ve switched to “energy-saving” lights this year. Which are still burning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
As the clear day gave way to a biting cold night on Tuesday, a small crowd gathered on the West lawn of the Capitol building to watch Nancy Pelosi – in one of her final acts as speaker of the House – light up the Capitol Christmas tree.
The 67-foot tree – an Engelmann Spruce – was harvested in Wyoming, and drew a number of other Wyoming natives to the event, including Sens. Michael Enzi and John Barrasso.
Pelosi called the tree, which was adorned with 5,000 ornaments handmade by Wyoming citizens, “a source of pride for Wyoming and a source of joy for the U.S. Capitol.”
The outgoing House speaker noted too that men and women from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and their family members were gathered on the speaker’s balcony to watch the ceremony.
Other contributions from the tree’s home state included a medley of carols from the Cheyenne All-City Children’s Choir and the helping hands of Wyoming sixth-grader Daniel Sitter, who won a competition to aid Pelosi in the tree lighting.
The Architect of the Capitol, Stephen Ayers, emceed the event and pointed out with playful pride that the tree was lit entirely with energy-saving LED lights.