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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 April 6, 2012/ 14 Nissan, 5772

'Mah-velous'Mitt vs. 'Out of Touch' Obama

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes a joke is just a joke, but what was the president really saying Tuesday afternoon when he made a joke about Mitt Romney?

And what did Romney mean Tuesday night when he took his wife's (metaphorical) advice to "unzip" and "let the real Mitt Romney out"?

Barack Obama was making a major speech at the Associated Press annual luncheon, and he knew his every word would be examined, especially if one of those words was "Romney," a name he rarely utters in public.

"One of my potential opponents, Gov. Romney," Obama said, "said that he's 'very supportive' of this new (Republican) budget, and he even called it 'marvelous' — which is a word you don't often hear when it comes to describing a budget."

The editors at the AP luncheon laughed. But Obama, who has excellent comic timing, was saving the real punch line.

"It's a word you don't often hear generally ," Obama said.

The crowd hooted. Who could fail to remember Billy Crystal's line, "you look mah-velous, darling!"? Yeah, that Mitt probably goes around saying how he knows a bunch of mah-velous NFL owners and mah-velous NASCAR owners and how his wife has mah-velous bicoastal Cadillacs and how he once he imprisoned his mah-velous dog atop his mah-velous car.

Teddy Roosevelt, it should be noted, did go around saying "bully" a lot. But maybe that sounded manly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

But what was the president saying about Mah-velous Mitt?

I think he was saying Romney was the kind of guy who uses wimpy words, a man insulated from the rough and tumble of real life and out of touch with real Americans due to his vast wealth.

But after Romney won three more primaries Tuesday night, he characterized Obama as out of touch, not due to wealth, but due to an out-of-control ego.

"President Obama thinks he's doing a good job. No, I'm not kidding. He actually thinks he's doing a great job," Romney said. "According to the president, only Lincoln, FDR and Lyndon Johnson have accomplished more. And no, he didn't say that on 'Saturday Night Live.'

"It's enough to make you think that years of flying around on Air Force One, surrounded by an adoring staff of true believers telling you what a great job you are doing, well, that might be enough to make you a little out of touch."

Along with the punches and punch lines, however, the two do have serious and competing visions of America.

As Obama said Tuesday: "Can we succeed as a country where a shrinking number of people do exceedingly well, while a growing number struggle to get by? Or are we better off when everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules?"

As Romney said Tuesday: "I don't want to transform America; I want to restore the values of economic freedom and opportunity and limited government that have made this nation the leader it is."

Obama said Tuesday: "We've sought to ensure that every citizen can count on some basic measure of security. ... No matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any moment, might face hard times, might face bad luck, might face a crippling illness or a layoff."

Romney said Tuesday: "Free enterprise has done more to lift people out of poverty, to help build a strong middle class, to help educate our kids and to make our lives better than all of the government programs put together. ... Many Americans have given up on this president, but they haven't ever thought about giving up."

After Obama finished his speech to the AP, the first question he got was, "What can you say to the Americans who just want both sides to stop fighting and get some work done on their behalf?"

In answering, Obama invoked the most revered name in modern Republican politics.

"Ronald Reagan, who, as I recall, is not accused of being a tax-and-spend socialist," Obama said, "understood repeatedly that when the deficit started to get out of control, that for him to make a deal he would have to propose both spending cuts and tax increases. Did it multiple times. He could not get through a Republican primary today."

That last line began a lot of news stories. And so did Obama's tone.

Bret Baier of Fox News said Obama's speech "sets the stage for a vitriolic debate."

The Associated Press characterized Obama as "combative" and "stinging."

And Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus said, "The president's speeches are becoming somewhat of a 'Saturday Night Live' skit."

So "Saturday Night Live" got a lot of shout-outs Tuesday.

It is an open question, however, whether its satire will match the zip of the real campaign.

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