FORTUNE -- 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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We watched the Apple event from the comfort of our cozy armchair
Steve Jobs is on the stage and getting a standing ovation. Our colleague Mason Cohn reports that Jobs appears to have good energy and stamina and his usual vigor, although he's painfully thin and now wears a belt to hold up his jeans.
Jobs rattles off the nice round numbers he loves to share at these events:
100 million iBooks downloaded
The fun starts at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). A guide to the proceedings.
[UPDATE: It's official. There will be no live webcast. My colleague Michael Copeland will be live blogging from inside the auditorium. I'll be following the action from Brooklyn here.]
Assuming Apple (AAPL) provides a live webcast of the event -- as it has for the last two -- here's what we'll be looking for:
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