From the linked article:
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is fast becoming one of President Obama's most influential cabinet bosses, and not just because he's in charge of doling out billions of stimulus dollars. Yes, he tells Whispers, it's fun playing Santa Claus to states and cities around the nation.
So his children grew up with the story that Santa Claus didn't have elves to make his toys. Santa Claus came into your house to take all the toys you had, and that's what he gave out again at Christmas. You just hoped you got your favorite toy back, or got more toys than you had before.
ht: Cato @ Liberty