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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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 Oct 17, 2011 19 Tishrei, 5772

President O'Carter? Nah

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Republicans claim that Barack Obama started it. He was the one, they say, who first compared himself to Jimmy Carter.

Carter has distinguished himself since leaving the presidency, performing notable acts of charity, writing and winning the Nobel Peace Prize. But politically he has one word emblazoned on his forehead: Loser.

Carter was the last Democratic president who lost a re-election bid, and Republicans are delighted to compare him to Obama, whom they hope will share the same fate.

An article in the National Review Online began: "In Ron Suskind's new book, President Obama, in an interview with the author, compares himself to Jimmy Carter.

"'Carter, Clinton and I all have sort of the disease of being policy wonks,' he says, according to excerpts. Karl Rove, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, tells National Review Online that he is amused by Obama's navel gazing."

Continuing in the even-handed, measured tones for which he is known, Rove says: "The president is comfortable with a technocratic approach because he is an imperious, arrogant, know-it-all left-wing technocrat ..."

The article also quotes former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham as telling Politico's Mike Allen that Obama's comparison to Carter is "a history-sized mistake."

"For 30 years, fairly or no," Meacham e-mailed Allen, "'Carter' has been political and cultural shorthand for an ineffectual and uninspiring president who is captive to, rather than captain of, events. To compare oneself to President Carter is kind of like Nixon evoking Harding."

But is that what Obama really was doing? It seems to me all Obama was saying is that he, Carter and Clinton were "policy wonks" and called that, in what was probably an attempt at humor, a "disease."

The American public usually does not like wonks, but Carter certainly did not emphasize that part of his character when he campaigned for the presidency in 1976.

Carter was the first president elected after Watergate, and the nation was seeking a president, to oversimplify a bit, who wasn't a crook or associated with pardoning crooks. The mood was summed up by the slogan of one of Carter's primary opponents, Henry "Scoop" Jackson, who used to tell crowds, "Some seek to make America great again; I seek to make America good again."

Four years later, due to a variety of calamities, the mood of America had shifted, and the official theme of Ronald Reagan's 1980 nominating convention in Detroit was, "Make America Great Again." It worked.

Bill Clinton was, and is, a policy wonk, but he was usually careful to hide it while campaigning. Whenever he made off-the-cuff remarks to crowds and got too "professorial," his staff used to (gently) warn him of the dangers. The "Man From Hope" video that enthralled Clinton's 1992 convention was consciously devised to emphasize his small-town roots and down-home style, rather than his "wonky" education at Georgetown, Oxford and Yale.

Obama, who was a professor of law at the University of Chicago, a very distinguished and very "wonky" law school — it used to be far more proud of how many more law professors it produced than practicing lawyers — never campaigned as a wonk.

But not long after the National Review article appeared, John Fund wrote a column for The Wall Street Journal on Sept. 22, headlined, "The Carter-Obama Comparison Grows."

Some of the comparisons were a little strained, however. Fund wrote: "'He's the great earnest bore at the dinner party,' wrote Michael Wolff, a contributor to Vanity Fair. 'He's cold; he's prickly; he's uncomfortable; he's not funny; and he's getting awfully tedious. He thinks it's all about him.' That sounds like a critique of Mr. Carter."

Other examples included MSNBC's Chris Matthews making a slip of the tongue — a not uncommon occurrence on live TV — and referring to Obama as "President O'Carter" and something about how Obama didn't want to put Carter's solar panels back on the roof of the White House, which Fund offered as proof that the "Obama White House is clearly cognizant of the comparisons being made between the two presidents."

Four days later, an piece by Peter Wehner on commentary.com ran under the headline "Obama Within Spitting Distance of Carter" and began: "In the summer of 1979, Jimmy Carter's approval rating sank to its low point, 29 percent. I'm not sure if Barack Obama will reach that particular goal, but he's making an impressive run at it."

The articles don't mention, however, that the Carter presidency was beset by more than a few unique problems: the Iranian hostage crisis and a botched rescue mission, an oil crisis, stagflation (a combination of high inflation, high unemployment and slow growth), the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan that led to Carter's boycott of the Olympic Games, a primary challenge by Ted Kennedy and Carter's having to face Ronald Reagan, a masterful campaigner, in the general election.

Obama faces a bad economy, but launched a daring military mission that killed Osama bin Laden, rescued the U.S. auto industry, prevented global economic collapse and passed a historic health care bill.

He also will not face a primary challenger, and nobody in the general election that is even the shadow of Reagan when it comes to campaigning.

And if Obama's a policy wonk, well, better to have a policy and be wonky about it than have no policy at all.

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