Home
In this issue
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 May 28, 2010 / 15 Sivan 5770

A president best suited for ceremony

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | NEW ORLEANS | Sometimes we can steal a good idea even from the Europeans. What we need, which many other countries already have, is a ceremonial president. He could make speeches and lay wreaths and attend funerals, leaving a real president to attend the important stuff, like making war, a budget and dealing with crises.

Barack Obama would make a perfect ceremonial president. He reads a teleprompter well, gives good speech in the style of an eloquent preacher, entertains championship basketball teams and can even draw up a respectable bracket for the national college basketball tournament. A ceremonial president would never arouse anger beyond the Beltway or stir up the ticks, ants and chiggers in the grass roots. Almost anyone can learn to lay a wreath, and a ceremonial president would even have time to shoot a few hoops. A ceremonial president might occasionally bump into the vice president, but they could learn to split their duties and stay civil with each other.

There's a similarity between a ceremonial president and a community activist; neither is responsible for very much beyond saying pretty things. The ceremonial president could even have his own airplane; maybe not a Boeing 747, but something about the size and speed of a DC-3. Mr. Obama would no doubt prefer to have a something built in Europe, but hundreds of Douglas DC-3s survived World War II and, unlike the economy, they're slow and hard to crash. We would want him to feel safe and comfortable on his way to cut the ribbon at the opening of a sauna in Stockholm or making the keynote address at the dedication of that monstrous Saudi Arabian mosque to be built at ground zero in Lower Manhattan.

Mr. Obama gets into trouble only when he has to do a real president's stuff, beginning with understanding the difference between a friend and an enemy. He told our English cousins to buzz off and take the special relationship and that bust of Winston Churchill with them, and tried to trade the trust of our only authentic ally in the Middle East for the "good will" of the Islamists who vow to kill us.

When insensate spending only worsens the economic panic, he orders more spending. When Arizona does what the federal government should do but won't do to protect the national border, he invites the president of Mexico to lecture us from the White House about our responsibility to make room for more Mexicans. When an oil well blows out beneath the sea, and the driller is trying everything it can think of to fix it, his solution is to blame George W. Bush and raise taxes on the oil company; maybe that will fix it. He employed his ultimate solution Thursday, bringing out his teleprompter to make another speech.

"Those who think that we were either slow in our response or lacked urgency don't know the facts," the president told reporters Thursday at his first full-scale press conference in a year. "This has been our highest priority since this crisis occurred."

But not so high that he has paid enough attention to it to satisfy his angry critics, who include growing numbers of Democrats. James Carville, the ragin' Cajun who is the yellowest of the yellow-dog Democrat, goes into spasms of rage when he talks about the president's response to the oil spill. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, one of the most doggedly loyal of the diminishing number of Southern Democrats in the Senate, sounds close to giving up on her man. "The president has not been as visible as he should have been on this, and he's going to pay a political price for it. Unfortunately."

The president's day could have used a little soothing ceremony, and a little less real world. "The federal government is fully engaged, and I'm fully engaged," he said. This only recalled wistful presidential pronouncements of the past, such as Richard Nixon's assurance that "I am not a crook," and Bill Clinton's assertion that in the wash of the Lewinsky scandal he was still "relevant." Foolish presidents sometimes answer questions that, with an excess of good manners, no one has yet asked. Mr. Obama was polite enough to remind everyone that the Redneck Riviera, as the natives of "the Guff Coast" sometimes call it, is still safe for tourists, even if the pelicans are looking to get out of Dodge. The Gulf state governors - of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and elected Republicans all - have asked him "to remind everybody" that the beaches are open. It was just the kind of bipartisan announcement that a ceremonial president could do better than anyone.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times. Comment by clicking here.

Wesley Pruden Archives

© 2007 Wesley Pruden

Columnists

Toons

Lifestyles