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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb 12, 2014 / 12 Adar I, 5774

Obama's dalliance with the French

By Dana Milbank




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The French newspaper Le Figaro reported this week that The Post was about to break the shocking news that President Obama is having an affair with Beyoncé.

The Post has denied the report, but now I can exclusively reveal that the president is indeed involved in a tryst — only not with Beyoncé. Obama is having a love affair with France.

The commander in chief pulled out all the stops for French President François Hollande’s visit: state dinner; visit to Monticello; mentions of Lafayette, L’Enfant, de Tocqueville, the Statue of Liberty, D-Day and the French Quarter in New Orleans; as well as mushy talk about our “oldest ally” and the “incredible bond” with France. He gushed about happy times at Camp David and in Chicago with “François,” so much so that a French reporter (from Figaro!) asked Obama if his eye had wandered from the “special relationship” with France’s rival.

“You have praised France very warmly today and granted our president the first state visit of your second term,” she observed at a midday news conference Tuesday. “Does that mean that France has become the best European ally of the U.S. and has replaced Great Britain?”

“Oh, goodness,” replied Obama, caught in flagrante delicto. He asserted that his attraction to France was platonic, even paternal.

“I have two daughters,” he said, “and they are both gorgeous and wonderful, and I would never choose between them. And that’s how I feel about my outstanding European partners.”

The French will probably be tolerant of Obama’s multiple partners. The French public has not been shaken by news that Hollande’s longtime partner recently left him after reports of his affair with an actress. (Neither woman accompanied him on the trip.)



Obama’s dalliance with the French is a predictable response to domestic troubles. With his agenda stalled on Capitol Hill, he is following the oft-traveled path of emphasizing foreign affairs in his second term. Even overseas, there aren’t many friendly options: Relations are tense with China and sour with Russia, Syria is a nightmare, Iraq is a mess, and there are but flickers of hope in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East. The National Security Agency spying controversy has hurt ties with Germany and caused Brazil’s president to cancel her state visit.

But, vive la France!

Eighty-three percent of the French have confidence in Obama, according to a Pew Research Center poll released last year. That makes Obama considerably more popular in France than he is in the United States. It also makes Obama more popular in France than Hollande, who commands the support of only about one in five of his countrymen.

Obama could only look good by comparison. The U.S. president is often accused of being a socialist and presiding over a weak economy. But Hollande actually is a socialist presiding over an economy with a double-digit unemployment rate. Even the physical juxtaposition worked in Obama’s favor; he’s a head taller than the pudgy and bespectacled Frenchman.

Hollande, for his part, seemed delighted to bask in Obama’s relative popularity. He praised Obama’s stand on climate change and lavishly hailed his “example” on economic policy. “America experiences recovery in its growth due to the policy and the political choices made,” he said through an interpreter.

One of the French questioners made the contrast even worse for Hollande by ridiculing his plans to meet with U.S. business leaders. “For them, you are a socialist,” the reporter said. “You tax wealth at 75 percent.”

Obama gave himself credit for “some well-timed policies” on the economy but said his friend François had a different set of problems.

NPR’s Scott Horsley briefly pulled Obama back into his messy domestic situation, inquiring about the latest Obamacare delay. But through the visit, Obama otherwise succeeded in keeping things in the happier realm of foreign affairs. Hollande chatted privately with his friend in passable English; Obama reciprocated by greeting Hollande with a “bonjour” that was, Obama said, “the extent of my French.” Based on his struggle to pronounce “liberté, egalité, fraternité,” this was true.

Gone was the “freedom fries” unpleasantness of a decade ago when the two countries split over Iraq; instead, the state dinner menu included Illinois caviar, vegetables from the first lady’s garden, Colorado beef and Pennsylvania quail eggs.

“There are so many subjects I could mention,” a grateful Hollande said in the news conference, “and every single time I would mention one of those issues, I would have to bear witness of the quality of our relations and of our trust.”

It was the sort of love Obama doesn’t get much at home anymore.


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