The White House routinely holds dinners to honor a wide variety of holidays celebrated around the world, like the Diwali festival in Hinduism, celebrated primarily in India. Last week they held a celebration of Nowruz, an ancient Zoroastrian holiday that celebrates the new year on the Persian calender, celebrated in Iran and many other countries. Naturally, the right wing is freaking out about this.
“I think it’s so fitting that we are holding this celebration here today because, one of my favorite things about the White House is how it is truly the people’s house. A house that reflects the diversity of culture and traditions that make us who we are as a country,” the First Lady said. “And Nowruz is one of those traditions.”
Conservatives disagreed, claiming that there were more sinister motivations behind this year’s Nowruz celebration.“Obama is trying to salvage his failed presidency by cutting whatever deal he can make with Iran,” Breitbart’s editor-at-large John Nolte wrote. “For that reason we get to watch the First Lady pretend she cares about any of this. The Iranians most certainly know it was all for show. But that’s what they appreciate — that fact that Obama is desperate enough to put on this show.”
Downtrend’s Brian Anderson wrote that the celebration was all about optics.
“With her husband desperate to make a sucker deal with Iran to allow the rogue Muslim nation to develop nuclear weapons, First Lady Michelle Obama thought she’d get into the spirit of things by hosting an Iranian New Year celebration at the White House on Wednesday.”
They ignore, of course, the fact that this annual celebration actually goes back to the first President Bush and that the second one celebrated it as well, but that’s totally different because they were, ya know, white.