The new National Christmas Tree replaces the former tree, which was felled during the windy February. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

In Washington, we are certain there is a metaphor somewhere in this passage from Washington Post columnist Robert Samuels about President Obama lighting the new national Christmas tree. But we’re just not sure what it is: “The old evergreen was toppled by 60-mph winds in February, Line said. Planted in the Jimmy Carter administration, it had grown to 42 feet.”

And, per our colleagues at the Reliable Source, we’re shocked, simply shocked that a colleague of Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) prefers solving crosswords to listening to one of his speeches.