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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 Sept. 23, 2009 5 Tishrei 5770

The depth of a salesman

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is Oct. 1, 1934. A group of rumpled reporters sit in a dimly lit bar, around a cigarette-scarred table a few blocks from the White House. They are drinking rye and wearing hats.

"Did you hear FDR last night?" one says. "How many fireside chats does that make for him so far?"

"Six!" says the second reporter. "Six fireside chats in the past 18 months! This guy is so overexposed it's not even funny."

"And if he's not on the radio, he is on the newsreels," says a third. "It's too much. He is giving the nation Franklin fatigue."

"It's a classic first-term mistake," says the fourth. "He is trying to do too much, spreading himself too thin. He just doesn't understand the 8/5 news cycle."

Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the way presidents communicate with the public. He communicated more directly and more frequently. His predecessor, Herbert Hoover, required only one person to handle the mail. Roosevelt got 5,000 letters a day and would need a staff of 50 to handle them. The president was no longer a remote figure. He was a real person.

Though it is too early to tell for sure — can he really be only eight months into his presidency? — Barack Obama, too, may be a game-changing president when it comes to communicating with the public.

He is doing record-setting numbers of interviews and appearances. Turn on the TV, and he is there: a town hall, an address to Congress, the talk shows (five, count 'em, five on one Sunday), an interview with David Letterman, a speech at the United Nations.

If you follow politics, you no longer watch television. You watch Obamavision.

This has unsettled some who feel a president should hold something in reserve. George W. Bush certainly did. He was a "CEO-style" president. He delegated. Policies, decisions, invasions.

Obama sells. Wall to wall. He takes the stage, and he fills it. And he is on stage a lot.

Telling him to stop — suggesting, as some have, that a president can't have this much exposure without fatiguing the public — is to miss the point.

He is suited for what he is selling. He is an activist selling an activist agenda and an activist government. And it takes an activist public schedule to do that.

It can be a roller coaster. It does not always go as planned. It can get interrupted by beer summits and guys shouting, "You lie!" But, at least so far, it always gets back on track, and the ride goes on.

The White House abhors a vacuum. Members of Obama's team know that either they fill the air or somebody else will fill it for them. You drive the news, or somebody else will drive it at you.

Obama is probably the new normal. Future presidents will have to match him in terms of exposure and vigor and salesmanship. A president sells a program, a policy, a vision, an agenda, himself.

And the rule is: Always be selling. It is what a president does.

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