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Apple's Merry Christmas message from the fiscal cliff

December 23, 2012: 6:01 AM ET

What better way to celebrate failures than to serenade loved ones, iPad to iPad mini?

Screen Shot 2012-12-23 at 5.41.35 AMFORTUNE -- More than one TV viewer tuning in to CNN Friday morning for House Speaker John Boehner's grim press conference was surprised to see it punctuated with a new, cheery, Christmas-themed Apple (AAPL) ad.

The spot, which has since gone into prime-time rotation, features a young girl with large hands and surprisingly accomplished ukulele skills serenading her grand-dad with a sprightly rendition of Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Home for Christmas" -- beamed via FaceTime from one white iPad to another.

By the end of the song, of course, we learn that Grandpa won't be seeing his granddaughter for Christmas after all.

And judging from the Speaker's remarks, we're not likely to see a solution to Congress's self-inflicted fiscal crisis, either.

The spot has been posted on Apple's YouTube account and copied below.

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