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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 July 28, 2009 / 7 Menachem-Av 5769

Obama learns that when you push the Gate(s) too quickly, the returning force can come back and knock you over

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The overnight polls must have been brutal. Two days after his nationally televised news conference — and only hours after his press secretary had dug the hole he was in a little deeper — President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House press room to back off his comment that police in Cambridge, Massachussetts had "acted stupidly" when they arrested Henry Louis Gates, a black professor at Harvard, after an altercation in his home.


Mr. Obama acknowledged in his response to a question from Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times he didn't "see all the facts," but then implied the arrest had been motivated by racism:


"There is a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately," the president said.


Sometimes it's a good idea to learn the facts before spouting off. It turns out Sgt. James Crowley, the police officer Mr. Obama besmirched, teaches a course on racial profiling and gave mouth to mouth resuscitation to a dying black athlete; and the testimony of witnesses in the neighborhood and that of a black cop on the scene support Sgt. Crowley's account of the incident.


The 911 tape is said to, too, but as of this writing, it hasn't been released. Police unions throughout the country demanded the president apologize.


Mr. Obama, who can't seem to stop apologizing to foreign audiences for the mostly imaginary sins of his country, couldn't quite bring himself to say he was sorry. But he did say he could have "calibrated" his words differently.


Because Ms. Sweet's was the last question of the news conference, the White House had told her in advance she'd be called on, and the president seemed in a hurry to squeeze it in, some suspect the question was planted. Ms. Sweet denies this.


Press Secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged on Fox News Sunday the president was expecting a question about Mr. Gates.


The White House planted a question with a blogger from the Huffington Post during the president's news conference on Iran June 23.


If Ms. Sweet's question were planted, the White House underestimated the controversy the president's remarks would cause. But I suspect this is still one "distraction" for which Mr. Obama is grateful. The reviews of his performance on his signature issue were not kind.


"Facing his hardest test as president, Obama chose to go small," wrote Ben Smith of Politico.


"At times last night I thought Obama was a beaten man," said MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz.


"His prime time press conference was worse than a waste of time," said Newsweek's Howard Fineman. "He spent an hour pouring sand into the already slowing gears of health care reform."


These reviews were from the president's admirers. His critics were more harsh. "Obama uncorked howler after howler last night," said Jennifer Rubin of Commentary magazine.


It isn't unusual for Mr. Obama to play fast and loose with the truth. It is unusual for the Associated Press to call him on it.


"President Barack Obama's assertion Wednesday that government will stay out of health care decisions in an overhauled system is hard to square with the proposals coming out of Congress and with his own rhetoric," wrote AP reporters Calvin Woodward and Jim Kuhnkehn.


Also at variance with the facts, the AP reporters said, was Mr. Obama's claim his health care reform wouldn't add to the deficit. They noted that Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, had testified the legislation "significantly expands" health costs.


"Mr. Obama promises that people who are happy with their current health insurance can keep it," reported the Washington Times. "That's a claim contradicted by Factcheck.org, a nonpartisan consumer advocacy group at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center."


The president's performance helped neither the prospects for his health care bill nor his personal popularity.


A Rasmussen poll released Friday (7/24) showed only 49 percent of likely voters approve of the job he's doing, 51 percent disapprove.


Viewership for Mr. Obama's news conference was down 14 percent from the preceding one, according to Nielsen. This prompted CNN and the New York Times to worry he's becoming overexposed.


Republicans hope he'll hold a news conference every week.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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