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SaintLouieWoman
10-05-2011, 11:07 PM
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Obama's Holiday Greeting: Does He Now Claim He's Jewish

By Michael Medved

10/5/2011


Editor's Note: A version of this column appeared originally in THE DAILY BEAST.
No, the president’s “Rosh Hashanah Message (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/27/remarks-president-occasion-rosh-hashanah)” doesn’t count as one of the most significant state papers to emanate each year from the Oval Office but someone in the White House should have nonetheless reviewed and edited the odd, embarrassing holiday statement just released over Barack Obama’s signature.
Anyone who actually bothers to digest this ritualized declaration (or to watch its video version –here (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/27/l-shana-tovah)) and tries to compare it to Jewish New Year greetings from prior presidents will be struck by two distinctive features of this chief executive’s remarks. These unique Obamanisms (not quite obamanations) reveal far more about the president himself than they do about the holiday at hand.

First, he clumsily inserts nakedly political posturing that seems altogether out-of-place in the context of the High Holy Days.
And, second, Mr. Obama seems to suggest that he himself dutifully celebrates Rosh Hashanah—treating the holiday like a universal American tradition (as much a part of the secular national calendar as Thanksgiving?) rather than an unequivocally religious occasion annually embraced by less than 2% of our citizens who identify as Jews.

The politics intrudes with President Obama’s appropriate acknowledgment of the painful aspects of this moment in history. “But this last year was also one of hardship for people around the world,” he says. “Too many of our friends and neighbors continue to struggle in the wake of a terrible economic recession.”
Fair enough, Mr. President, but then comes the public relations pitch that echoes his recent “warrior for the middle class” rhetoric, melded with a transparent bid to regain his fading support in the Jewish community: “That is why my Administration is doing everything we can to promote prosperity here at home and security and peace throughout the world – and that includes reaffirming our commitment to the State of Israel.”

Will this assertion in a simple holiday greeting reassure Jewish voters as they enter the season of reassessment?
Or will they respond warmly to the President’s peculiar suggestion that the annual “Days of Awe” bring “repentance and reflection” for all Americans?
After his chirpy, “Hello everybody. Shana Tova” opening, the Leader of the Free World declares: “The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for repentance and reflection. An opportunity to reaffirm our friendships, renew our commitments, and reflect on the values we cherish. As the High Holidays begin, we look back on all the moments during the past year that give us reason to hope.”

Compare this passage to a comparable section in the 2007 (http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2007/09/20070905-2.html) greetings from President George W. Bush: “The sound of the Shofar heralds the beginning of a new year and a time of remembrance and renewal for the Jewish people. During these holy days, men and women are called to reflect on their faith and to honor the blessings of creation.”
Notice that Bush speaks about “their faith” – obviously (and appropriately) excluding himself. He makes it clear (as he did in all his Jewish holiday greetings) that Rosh Hashanah represents a sectarian observance, with no suggestion that it’s a secular, universal American tradition. Under Mr. Obama’s predecessor, the White House noted the importance of the season “for the Jewish people” and not for “everybody” (as in Mr. Obama’s greeting).

Two other recent occasions highlight the same important distinction in the approach of the two most recent administrations.
President Obama attracted considerable publicity (and some admiring commentary) for convening the first-ever Passover seders in the White House basement, in which Jewish members of the staff and a few invited guests gathered with the First Family to recount the Exodus from Egypt. This might strike everyone (yes, even an anti-Obama curmudgeon like me) as a magnificently gracious gesture had the president attended the religious ritual and left leadership of the service to a guest rabbi or perhaps one of the Jewishly informed members of his staff (former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, for instance, was raised in an Orthodox home and sends his own children to traditional Jewish schools). Instead, Mr. Obama himself led the seder, posing for photographs at the head of the table, wearing a yarmulke.

This contrasts dramatically with the careful, respectful approach by President Bush to all Jewish (and other) rituals.
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Mr. Obama’s different approach (leading the seders himself, assuming that Rosh Hashanah traditions apply to “us”) isn’t disrespectful or offensive but it does reflect his habit of spiritual shape-shifting. He instinctively assumes different religious colorations depending on the occasion – drawing on his late father’s Muslim heritage when celebrating Islamic traditions, or responding to this week’s heckler at a Los Angeles fundraiser (who called Obama the “Antichrist”) by noting that the interloper also said “Jesus Christ was Lord. I agree with that.”

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The recent special election in the Ninth Congressional of New York may indicate increasing impatience in the Jewish community with the instinctive equation of Judaic commitment and leftist orientation. When an electorate that’s 40% Jewish decisively prefers a Catholic conservative to a Jewish liberal it could, of course amount to a fleeting aberration. But this time of year these results ought to provide an occasion for more “reflection” (and perhaps even repentance) from the bumbling Obama White House.
Michael Medved
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Elspeth
10-05-2011, 11:10 PM
Obama's only religion is self aggrandizement.

Novaheart
10-06-2011, 01:31 AM
celebrates Rosh Hashanah—treating the holiday like a universal American tradition (as much a part of the secular national calendar as Thanksgiving?) rather than an unequivocally religious occasion annually embraced by less than 2% of our citizens who identify as Jews.

Actually Rosh Hashanah is embraced by many more people than the 2% who identify as Jewish. At schools and universities across America, there are those goyim who reason that if the Jews get off for Christmas then everyone should get off for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Articulate_Ape
10-06-2011, 01:55 AM
Obama's only religion is self aggrandizement.


QFT.

That and sophistry.

fettpett
10-06-2011, 09:45 AM
He identify's with everything BUT Christianity

lacarnut
10-06-2011, 05:09 PM
Actually Rosh Hashanah is embraced by many more people than the 2% who identify as Jewish. At schools and universities across America, there are those goyim who reason that if the Jews get off for Christmas then everyone should get off for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The more this dunce Prez talks about religion, the deeper he digs a hole for himself.

Odysseus
10-06-2011, 05:24 PM
Actually Rosh Hashanah is embraced by many more people than the 2% who identify as Jewish. At schools and universities across America, there are those goyim who reason that if the Jews get off for Christmas then everyone should get off for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

That's not an embrace of the holiday, it's a cynical ploy to get a day off, usually concocted by people who don't place much store in any faith. Embracing a holiday means that you celebrate it in the way that it is intended. Show me some Goyim who spend the day in prayer, and I'll buy that argument. Jews get off for Christmas because the rest of the country pretty much shuts down, so there isn't much point in coming to an empty office, although when I was a young, single lieutenant, I would try to get the SDO assignments over Christmas or Thanksgiving so that someone else could be with their family.

KhrushchevsShoe
10-06-2011, 05:28 PM
Obama's only religion is self aggrandizement.

Exactly, which was why I was so perplexed by the Rev. Wright thing. The guy obviously only cares about religion in that it makes him more politically viable.

Elspeth
10-06-2011, 10:17 PM
Exactly, which was why I was so perplexed by the Rev. Wright thing. The guy obviously only cares about religion in that it makes him more politically viable.

What perplexed you about the Wright situation?

Rockntractor
10-06-2011, 10:29 PM
What perplexed you about the Wright situation?

He has absolutely no idea what black liberation theology is but he felt like he had to comment on it somehow.

Odysseus
10-06-2011, 11:36 PM
Exactly, which was why I was so perplexed by the Rev. Wright thing. The guy obviously only cares about religion in that it makes him more politically viable.

Uh, didn't you vote for Obama? :confused:

Reverend Wright is about Christianity the way that Mohammed was about Islam, as an expedient means of gaining power. Obama worshiped at the same altar, but managed not to hear anything there for twenty years.

Elspeth
10-06-2011, 11:46 PM
He has absolutely no idea what black liberation theology is but he felt like he had to comment on it somehow.

Ok, then.

KhrushchevsShoe
10-10-2011, 06:51 AM
What perplexed you about the Wright situation?

Obama doesn't care about religion. He picked some pastor who seemed decent enough at first glance so he could claim that he did, because "not giving a shit about religion" isn't going to win you many election in the USA.

He just vetted Wright poorly, he didn't go there because he actually believed that bullshit.

newshutr
10-10-2011, 07:56 AM
Obama doesn't care about religion. He picked some pastor who seemed decent enough at first glance so he could claim that he did, because "not giving a shit about religion" isn't going to win you many election in the USA.

He just vetted Wright poorly, he didn't go there because he actually believed that bullshit.

you know this for a fact? you were there for the process?? You know what's in his heart..?

djones520
10-10-2011, 08:05 AM
Obama doesn't care about religion. He picked some pastor who seemed decent enough at first glance so he could claim that he did, because "not giving a shit about religion" isn't going to win you many election in the USA.

He just vetted Wright poorly, he didn't go there because he actually believed that bullshit.

Oh... so your just saying he treats religion as nothing more then a political tool? He doesn't have the integrity to be honest about his spiritual beliefs, and was so lazy about his lying that he picked a radical wingnut to show how "mainstream" he was?

Well, given all the amateur fuck ups he's made as President, I could buy that line of thinking.

fettpett
10-10-2011, 08:57 AM
Obama doesn't care about religion. He picked some pastor who seemed decent enough at first glance so he could claim that he did, because "not giving a shit about religion" isn't going to win you many election in the USA.

He just vetted Wright poorly, he didn't go there because he actually believed that bullshit.

while that might be true on the surface it doesn't matter, he spent 20 YEARS as a regular member of the church, hell even Oprah didn't stay there more than a few weeks. The dude knew exactly what kind of person Wright was and agrees with him, otherwise he would have left.

Odysseus
10-10-2011, 01:41 PM
Obama doesn't care about religion. He picked some pastor who seemed decent enough at first glance so he could claim that he did, because "not giving a shit about religion" isn't going to win you many election in the USA.

He just vetted Wright poorly, he didn't go there because he actually believed that bullshit.
ROFLOL! So, you are saying that Obama is a hypocrite, rather than a radical? What makes you think that he isn't both? He didn't just fail to vet Wright, he sat in the church for 20 years, as Fett pointed out. If he was looking for a church that would give him electoral street cred as a Christian, there were plenty of churches around that didn't preach hateful, racist rhetoric. You'd have to be pretty clueless to sit through the kind of venomous garbage that Wright spewed for two decades without noticing that he was a loon, unless, of course, his positions didn't strike you as loony. If you were a child of a radical leftist mom and radical leftist grandparents who had entrusted you to the local CPUSA commissar for mentoring, then spent your college years being told that the world owed you something because of your father's race, and had never accomplished anything on your own, then found yourself being further mentored by a domestic terrorist and surrounded by the same kinds of racial arsonists that had made Chicago unlivable, Wright wouldn't have set off any alarm bells for you, either.

txradioguy
10-10-2011, 01:49 PM
He just vetted Wright poorly, he didn't go there because he actually believed that bullshit.

So explain Obama's reasoning for sitting in the pew of this hate spewing racist for 20 years.