The President’s 2013 card features a pop-up White House as well as a drawing of Obama dogs Bo and new addition Sunny walking in the snow alongside the message, “As we gather around this season, may the joy of the holidays fill your home.
However, the famed annual white house card has a hometown tie. According to reports at Mlive.com, the cards were made right here in Michigan.
The 2013 greeting card was sent out from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, but it was created in Grand Rapids by designer Chris Hankinson.
Hankinson, of Hilltop Studios, designed the pop-up card with a miniature, three-dimensional image of the White House and tiny images of the Obama’s dogs in front.
As a thank you, Hankinson and his wife, Jennifer, were invited to an official White House reception on Dec. 12, one of many held at the White House during the holidays.
“It was kind of icing on the cake,” he said.
President and Mrs. Obama addressed the 400 or so guests and shook hands with many, though Hankinson said he didn’t get the chance himself.
“I got to see my card on display,” he said. “That was kind of cool.”
The reception, with live music provided by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C. and a U.S. Marine jazz band, covered the entire first floor of the White House, from the State Dining Room to the East Room, and guests were able to meet and mingle in between in the rooms known as the Red Room, Blue Room and Green Room.