Exasperated observers of the waning days of the Obama era can be forgiven if they are simply throwing their hands in the air before consulting a calendar to count the days until January 20, 2017.

Friendly and hostile media are united in lining up in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City waiting and speculating about the next famous face that will arrive for a meeting with the president-elect whose tweets continue to dominate Twitter and the news cycle, and yet… the First Couple makes the final rounds of talk shows and appearances, still pushing the same tired platforms little realizing that no one really cares what they think anymore.

So, when First Lady Michelle Obama insisted on turning a charity visit to see sick kids at the Children’s National Health System Hospital in D.C. into yet another opportunity to lecture them on health, it’s understandable that the kids yawned.

Mrs. Obama has considered herself a sort of health expert during her eight-years in the White House, advocating against childhood obesity by mandating calorie counts for school lunches and promoting exercise by dancing on the Ellen DeGeneres TV show, and seems unable to simply let a Christmas classic be without making a politically correct revisions.

When she and Ryan Seacrest recited the two-hundred year old poem about St. Nicholas, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Moore, Mrs. Obama couldn’t help but add an aside to take the tale out of context and place it firmly in the world of 2016.

The correction came in an innocuous line of the 1823 poem, “The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath.”

Mrs. Obama paused and told the kids, “I think St. Nick gave up smoking.”

Heaven forbid the St. Nick of the early 18th century actually be chubby or smoke a pipe, which was perfectly acceptable at the time and held no association with lung cancer.

The PC version of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” comes at the same time another holiday classic is under fire for violating modern sensibilities.

A couple has released a remake of the classic 1944 duet, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” in response to allegations that it advocates “date rape” with its obvious attempt by the man to convince the woman to stay in his warm apartment rather than venture out in the blizzard to go home.

The revised lyrics in the 2016 version – with the man making all the politically correct statements (“I ought to say no, no, no,” she says, while he answers, “You reserve the right to say no.”) would make a college dorm supervisor proud.

But they may also create concerns about the procreation of the species as the “call and response” duet is replaced with the type of negotiations more indicative of an international treaty than a romantic flirtation.

 
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