The President’s Address at a DC Synagogue

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  1. Aryeh Lev says:

    Without saying so, this transcript of the speech cuts out several paragraphs in which President Obama discusses the disagreements between himself and Prime Minister Netanyahu, and speaks about his view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    The missing paragraphs come after the phrase “having once been a stranger.”

    I’m not sure why Cross-Currents cut these paragraphs out, but the site should at least disclose that it did so.

    [YA – Certainly did not cut them. Merely passed along what we received – from someone who is certainly not a great admirer of this presidency. We’ll have to go further up the food chain to see where it was deleted. Send them, and we’ll insert them.]

  2. Toby Bulman Katz says:

    [1] “Now, I wanted to come here to celebrate Jewish-American heritage month.”

    Who knew it was Jewish-American Heritage Month? What is Jewish-American Heritage Month? Since when do we have only one month a year to celebrate the happy coincidence that Jewish values and liberal Democrat values are identical? I thought we were supposed to celebrate that all year long!

    [2] “Many of your ancestors came here fleeing that persecution….those who came here found that America was more than just a country. America was an idea. ….It’s important for us to of knowledge that too often in our history we fell short of those lofty ideals.”

    I don’t think the man has ever made a speech in which he has not trashed America. Is this country flawed? Yes it is. But it’s still the best country in the entire world, in the entire history of the world, not counting the supernatural history of Eretz Yisrael which stands above and outside of normal human history.

    [3] “And where other nations actively and legally might persecute and discriminate against those of different faiths, this nation was called upon to see all of us as equals before the eyes of the Lord. When other countries treated their own citizens as wretched refuse, we lifted up our lamp, saw the golden door, and welcomed them in. Our country is immeasurably stronger because we did. [APPLAUSE]”

    Ah those Yiddelach, those Yiddelach! Licking up the honey that drips from his sweet honeyed mouth! On the one hand, everything he says is couched in cliches and platitudes. On the other hand, all of his cliches and platitudes have important subtexts. The subtext here is: Just as you Jews with your hard work and brains immeasurably enriched this country, so the forty or sixty million illegal aliens from South of the Border will likewise enrich this country, even though they are coming here primarily to benefit from our impossible, unsustainable welfare system and have nothing like the social capital you Jews have.

    [4] “The story of Exodus inspired oppressed people around the world in their own struggles for civil rights. From the founding members of the NAACP to a freedom summer in Mississippi, from (1-2) women’s rights to (3) gay rights to (4) workers’ rights. Jews took the heart of the biblical edict that we must not oppress a stranger, having been strangers once ourselves.”

    Yes, it’s all there, the Exodus, the Torah, the Ten Commandments: (1) Women shall be like men, they shall compete with men in the marketplace and they shall fight for their right to join combat units in the military and they shall most importantly of all, celebrate the Sacrament of Abortion, which enables them to enjoy sexual freedom, fornicate with numerous partners out of wedlock, and never be encumbered by children! (2) Marriage is old-fashioned and oppressive and its vows and commitments are no more binding than your choice of a blue shirt today and a red shirt tomorrow. (3) Except for gays who MUST marry and whose marriages must be recognized by the state and by all Catholic adoption agencies and by all bakers, photographers and everyone in the whole country, because without the commitment of marriage gay people can never know love. (4) All workers must pay union dues so that unions can continue to be the gigantic slush fund for the Democratic Party they have always been. Etc.

    [5] “The heritage we celebrate this month is a testament to the power of hope. Me standing here before you, all of you in this incredible congregation, is a testament to the power of hope. [APPLAUSE]”

    And here as always you have the man’s incredible narcissism on display, “It’s about me, everything is about me. America is deeply deeply flawed but the one ray of light is ME!” Yay! Applause!

    [6] “At home, those values compel us to work to keep alive the American dream of opportunity for all. It means we care about issues that affect all children, not just our own.”

    In other words, I am coming after YOUR money to spread it around, and you stupid affluent Jews are just sitting there smiling and clapping because you think I am planning to take OTHER people’s money to fund all my spending sprees. You are pretty confident that between your lawyer and your accountant, YOU won’t personally have to cough up too much to take care of other people’s children, but when you vote for the Democrats, you feel oh so smug and superior and moral and generous because taking Peter’s money to pay Paul is the very essence of Jewish charity — Reform liberal Democrat style!

    [7] “We are prepared to invest in early childhood education.”

    I like that word “invest.” Like if I go out and splurge on a vacation and say I “invested” my money in a cruise. In other words you are prepared to spend billions on programs to keep millions of little kidlets warehoused somewhere safe so Mommy can go back to work, and if some benighted Mommy wants to stay home with her own kidlets, we will tax the hell out of her husband to pay for other people’s kids’ babysitting so other mommies will be able to go to work and live out their dreams of being just like men. As if.

    [8] “That we are concerned about making college affordable.”

    So when are you libs going to stop pretending that universities like Harvard are “non-profits”?

    And you libs created this nightmare with all the Pell grants and student loans, with all the money sloshing around — of course the colleges are sopping up all that extra money and education costs are going through the roof. But you don’t demonize them the way you demonize Big Business, for raising their prices in such an unconscionable way. No, you love them because they are hotbeds of liberal propaganda, not to mention fashionable anti-Semitism, and you are going to make them “affordable” by giving them even more money, subsidizing their outrageous tuition fees — and sending the bill to us, the taxpayers!

    [9] “Around the world, those values compel us to redouble our efforts to (A) protect our planet and to (B)protect the human rights of all who share this planet.”

    A. Protect the planet is code for doing everything possible to impoverish American business, to choke off free enterprise, and to prevent currently backwards countries from advancing to the stage of modern countries where industry and cars cause [mostly imaginary] pollution. Although, strangely, you are willing to turn a blind eye to the genuine — and horrifying — pollution China is spewing. But your main aim is to hobble America. Now if you really want to see dirty air and dirty water, go to the poorest places in India and Africa where people cook over open fires and use the same river as a bathroom and a source of drinking water, where people suffer from dysentery and malnutrition and millions of children die of malaria (thank you, Rachel Carson) because the western world no longer approves of DDT. You are also all too willing to hobble American energy production but have no problem with Arab oil wells. You in fact much prefer that we continue to get our oil from Saudi Arabia than from our own country, even though their wells are so much more polluting than ours.

    B. “Protect human rights” is a phrase with no content at all when you libs whine on and on about abortion and gay marriage while completely ignoring what goes on in Muslim countries, the way women and homosexuals are treated in those countries, not to mention the way Christians and Jews are treated. The bottom line is that liberalism is all about hypocrisy and sheker, sheker, sheker.

    [10] “Our support of the ironed rocket system — Iron Dome rocket system has saved Israeli lives.”

    He has trouble reading his own teleprompter! He sees “Iron Dome” and thinks it says, “ironed!” Oops. In a second he catches himself — and takes credit for a system that was designed long before he got to the White House. But I will say one positive thing about his speech and that is: even if it’s only lip service, and even if it’s only in front of Jewish audiences, at least he does acknowledge Israel’s right to defend itself. So I’ll give his bajillionaire Jewish donors credit at least for accomplishing SOMETHING.

    [11] “Those values compel us to say that our commitment to Israel’s security and my commitment to Israel’s security is and always will be unshakable. [APPLAUSE]”

    Ay, ay, ay! My beloved fellow Yiddalach!

    “Climb onto my back, little Gingerbread Boy.”

    Just remember this:

    “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance.”

    And if you believed him when he said that you will no doubt believe him when he says this:

    “If you Israelis like your little country, you can keep your little country. After we chop off half of it. Thank you and good night you stupid blind Jews.” APPLAUSE

  3. Bob Miller says:

    Whoever wrote this speech thinks we’re really gullible, and may have a point in that regard.

  4. mycroft says:

    “[1] “Now, I wanted to come here to celebrate Jewish-American heritage month.”

    Who knew it was Jewish-American Heritage Month? What is Jewish-American Heritage Month? Since when do we have only one month a year to celebrate the happy coincidence that Jewish values and liberal Democrat values are identical? I thought we were supposed to celebrate that all year long!”

    JAHM was set into law by President George W. Bush in 2006, according to the Jewish American Heritage Month Coalition. This is the achievement of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), as well as the Jewish Museum of Florida and the South Florida Jewish Community.[2] A similar month exists in Florida as Florida Jewish History Month but it occurs in January.[3
    Jewish Heritage Month is just one of many Heritage months
    e Celebrated
    None to date
    African American History Month
    National Women’s History Month
    None to date
    Asian Pacific American Heritage, Older Americans Month and Jewish American Heritage Month
    Gay Lesbian Pride Month
    None to date
    None to date
    National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
    National Disability Employment Awareness Month and National Italian American Heritage Month
    National American Indian Heritage Month
    None to date; are two international commemorations

    Note dating of first President Bush proclamation
    NOW, THEREFORE, I GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States
    of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
    laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2006 as Jewish Amer-
    ican Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month with
    appropriate programs and activities that honor the significant contributions
    Jewish Americans have made to our Nation.
    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day
    of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the Independence
    of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.
    compared to dating of last years proclamation
    , do hereby proclaim May 2014 as Jewish
    American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to visit to learn more about the heritage and contributions of Jewish Americans and to observe this month, the theme of which is healing the world, with appropriate programs, activities, and ceremonies.
    compared to last years where for Jewish Heritage month proclamation the usual way of dating documents was changed to show Jewish sensitivity
    Federal Register
    / Vol. 79, No. 87 / Tuesday, May 6, 2014 / Presidential Documents
    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day
    of April, in the year two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of
    the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

  5. Y. Ben-David says:

    Jews using the expression “I am a member of the tribe” really annoys me. It is popular among liberal/”progressive” assimilationist Jews who claim to oppose any sort of parochialism among Jews, who are not comfortable with Israel and Zionism and who say they love “all of humanity”, yet, at the same time hold by the dictum which was originally said regarding the Reconstructionist philosophy of Mordechai Kaplan….”the Jews are a divinely chosen people, whose heavenly mandated mission is to teach mankind that there is no deity and the Jews are no different than anyone else”.
    Saying they are a “member of the tribe” expresses the supposed superiority these “progressive” Jews feel about themselves. In reality the Jews are not “a tribe”, the Torah teaches us that the Jews are a NATION and the Torah is our CONSTITUTION. We are not necessarily smarter than other people, unlike what those who calls themselves “members of the tribe”, but we do have extra responsibilities.
    I wonder how the Muslims feel about Obama saying he is a “member of the tribe”? His acolytes have probably assured them that if they want the Iranians to get The Bomb, then they have to realize that that Obama needs to get Jewish support to get it through Congress, so he has to say things like this that he doesn’t mean in order to get that support.

  6. Raymond says:

    The comments I am about to make about the above speech by our President, will undoubtedly shock those who know me best. However, I believe in praising people where praise is due, and I honestly see nothing wrong with President Obama’s speech here. While I am not so naive that I would actually believe his words, at least the words themselves are basically pleasant ones. So even if he really wants the Jewish State of Israel to be destroyed, the fact is that he went out of his way to say the right things, and for that I salute him.

  7. Reb Yid says:

    It would be an interesting experiment to post statements and then see how people react to them. But then and only then should it be revealed who actually made the statements.

    Too often people are ready to bash a statement not for its content but rather by who made it. Or conversely to let it go but only if it’s by someone with whom they like.

  8. DF says:

    I’m amazed the anonymous guest contributor considers this speech indicative of anything. What politician would say anything other than these platitudes that the speechwriter wrote? Particularly in a heterodox synagogue in DC, filled with left-wing supporters.

    The debate about whether or not this president is a friend of Israel or the entire Israeli electorate and government is mistaken, can be left for another day. But one thing is for sure – this speech is meaningless, and its astounding anyone remotely familiar with politicians can think otherwise. Actions count, not words. Indeed, one wonders at the lengths of wishful thinking some are willing to engage in, or the straws they will grasp, to avoid shifting their paradigms.

  9. Steve Brizel says:

    This speech makes me think of President Lincoln’s speech about being able to able fool half the people all of the time, all of the people half the time , but not all of the people all of the time. Take a look at the linked article and what promises to be a fascinating book.

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