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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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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

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

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review March 10, 2009 / 14 Adar 5769

Can't anybody here play this game?

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Big mouths and ignoramuses have bedeviled presidents before Barack Obama, but he can actually write and sometimes speak sentences brimming with grammar and syntax. We're told he speaks prose with flawless fluency, particularly with a teleprompter.

It's his vetting skills with both people and events that give him grief. All he has accomplished so far with his Cabinet appointments is a lengthening line of rejects and has-beens, some fleeing just ahead of the sheriff. It's the price of not paying attention. And not just the Cabinet rejects. His attorney general tried to start a race war, though it's not clear how he would persuade "cowards" to fight each other, and the president himself had to publicly tell Eric Holder to put a sock in it.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the secretary of state and the first unacknowledged candidate for president in 2012, flew off to Asia to sneer at anyone still concerned about the human rights that China has made a science of abusing, and then it was on to Brussels, there to tell the European Parliament that it was the Americans and not the ancient Greeks who invented democracy.

Just in case someone might not have got the point of who's important and who's not, she garbled the names of several of her counterparts. Hillary has always had trouble on important political occasions; Bubba learned that the hard way when he took her along to the frog races at Toad Suck Ferry, the turtle derby at Lepanto and the famous coon supper at Gillette down in Arkansas in the long ago.

But who was the ignoramus who briefed the president in advance of the visit of Gordon Brown? If Mr. Obama had never heard of "the special relationship" (which he called "the special partnership"), someone from the State Department probably has, and should have tipped him before the new British prime minister arrived. But maybe it wasn't a job for the Gaffe Patrol, after all. When a London reporter asked why Mr. Brown's visit was played at such low key, a State Department flack retorted: "There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment."

The president sent the prime minister home without dinner and was no doubt pleased that he had shown the world a thing or two about the new, improved American diplomacy.

But in the furor over the uneven exchange of gifts between the two leaders, the president looked the graceless loser, getting thoughtful gifts of a penholder carved from an oak timber of an ancient British ship enforcing the ban on slaving and a seven-volume set of Sir Martin Gilbert's new biography of Winston Churchill all in exchange for a DVD set of "classic" American movies. Not even a subscription to Netflix.

But maybe the exchange of gifts sent messages that sailed over the heads of the rest of us.

Maybe the British choice of gifts was just as artful as Mr. Obama's cheesy DVD collection (and flimsy plastic models of the Marine One helicopter for the Brown sons). The selection of the Churchill biography followed the president's return of the bust of Churchill lent to the Oval Office after 9/11, and perhaps the carving from HMS Gannet, the scourge of slaving ships, was meant to send a far more subtle message, that the son of a Kenyan father is far more likely to be the progeny of a slave-catcher than the descendant of a slave. Perhaps the president's choice of the DVD collection, which can't even be played on British DVD players, was intended to say, "forget the special relationship, that's yesterday's technology."

Or maybe not.

In the new redefinition of the New World Order, Winston Churchill is just another dead white man from a time as remote as the Peloponnesian War. "The special relationship" is a mere artifact of history, best not to speak of, since it might offend the French, the Germans, the Chinese or Upper and Lower Volta. Besides, Mr. Brown was invited to address a joint session of Congress, though almost nobody noticed.

Hillary Clinton, ever the merry prankster, reprised Joe Biden's suggestion that the United States and Russia should together hit the "reset button" with the gift of an oversized button labeled "peregruzka." Said Mrs. Clinton: "We worked hard to get it right." Said the foreign minister: "You got it wrong." Peregruzka means "overloaded."

Well, nevermind.

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