#1 Israeli paper publishes Obama Western Wall prayer07-25-2008, 12:37 PM
Israeli paper publishes Obama Western Wall prayer
I think this is terrible.
The article shows the prayer but I think he deserved privacy for what he wrote.
(and yes, the media covered it but it covers all famous people at the wall)
07-25-2008, 02:45 PM
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While I agree that prayers should be private, this is the consequence of his "rockstar" campaign. Popularity has its price.
07-28-2008, 06:20 PM
Obama Gave Media His Western Wall Note!
In a world tour filled with media stunts, the low point must be Obama's visit to the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site.
While Obama looked as if he were in prayer at the Western Wall, sharing in the tradition of writing one's message to God and placing the note in a crevice of the ancient stones, international media -- Obama's God? -- already were reading the note.
Prior to leaving the King David Hotel, Obama gave copies of the note to the media. We know this only because The Israeli newspaper, Ma'ariv came under attack for publishing their copy.
To Jews, the Western Wall is "a place of prayer" and "not a marketplace." So said Israeli attorney Shahar Alon when he called for a police investigation into how the Ma'ariv newspaper got a copy of Obama's note and for a boycott of the newspaper. But it turns out that there is no need for an investigation as it was Barack Obama who mistook the holy site for a marketing opportunity.
Ma'ariv responded to the call for an investigation this way: "Obama's note was published in Ma'ariv and other international publications following Obama's authorization to make the content of the note public. Obama submitted a copy of the note to media outlets when he left his hotel in Jerusalem."
In accordance with Jewish law, when the Wall becomes so full of prayers that there is no space, the notes are removed and buried -- without being read. Non-Jewish tourists visiting Israel often participate in the tradition of praying at the Wall and leaving a private message to God. These tourists, however, respect the Jewish custom that such prayers are private.This is bigger than presidential politics. This is a battle for America.
07-28-2008, 06:22 PM
Love how he canceled his trip to Germnay after they said No CAMERAS, Convenient eh?"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves." -William Pitt
At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
07-28-2008, 06:59 PM
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By election time Obama is going have many chunks bitten out of his ass for amateurish stunts like this.
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