God has a weird sense of humor.
In 1973, on the day after Nixon’s Vice President resigned in disgrace, a new National Christmas Tree was planted outside the White House. During planting, it fell off the truck and was badly damaged.
In 1977, Carter (who had won office largely because he was not a Republican or a Washington insider like the corrupt and unlamented Nixon-Agnew team) had to replace the Nixon tree, which had died slowly as a result of the fall.
The 1977 tree died within the year due to transplant shock complicated by bad weather, a fitting end for a tree planted during the Carter energy crisis.
In 1978, Carter planted a second tree. It survived through three Republican and one Democrat administration. Then the Obamas moved in.
National Christmas Tree – United States
National Christmas Tree has died near White House – May 5, 2012