It's a very 'Harry' White House Christmas

Published December 15, 2003 at 10:46 PM
by Cheeser
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First lady Laura Bush has decorated the White House for Christmas this year with a little Potter flair. The boy wizard is just one literary character featured in the theme of children's stories "that have captured our hearts and shaped American culture."

From the official White House holiday siteopens in new window:

Since stories bring us together, we've brought some favorite children's storybook characters to the White House to celebrate the holidays. Our thanks to the Executive Residence staff members who recreated the characters. And special thanks to the authors and illustrators who have given us the stories we celebrate.

"I picked most of the books, since I'm a former librarian and lifelong reader," said Bush of the decorations. "So I picked books that were important to me as a child, or that I liked to read to children. That was fun."

While giving a tour of the White House, Bush showed off the holiday trimmings to the press, ending with: "Finally, our newest huge bestseller, Harry Potter, which are the books I read this summer," she added. "I read all five of the Harry Potter books. I loved reading those."

Thanks to HPANA member The One Who Must Be Named for sending in the pictures.

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