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A cowboy governor’s greeting

In their official holiday greeting card this year, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter feature “A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer,” the work by New Mexico cowboy poet Squire Omar Barker, who was known for signing his letters and books with his brand, “The Lazy S.O.B.” reports that Otter’s card is one of only a few governor’s greeting cards this year that specifically mentions Christmas. Otter’s spokesman, Mark Warbis, said the Otters’ card was privately funded and he didn’t know anything about it beyond that it included the poem.

Click below to read the full poem, which concludes: “I’m just a sinful cowpoke, Lord - ain’t got no business prayin’ - But still I hope You’ll ketch a word or two of what I’m sayin’: We speak of Merry Christmas, Lord – I reckon you’ll agree, There ain’t no Merry Christmas for nobody that ain’t free. So one thing more I’ll ask You, Lord: Just help us what you can, To save some seeds of freedom for the future sons of man.”

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