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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

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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

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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

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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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 24, 2011 / 26 Tishrei, 5772

Unhappy times at the White House

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Good old Joe, always good for a laugh. However, that's not President Obama or the White House wise men holding their sides and rolling in the floor. Joe is endearing enough in the way of crazy uncles, but when the attic door is left unlatched someone has to be dispatched to find old Joe and pay for the damages.

Joe has lately been wandering around the country trying to drum up support for the Obama jobs bill by blaming the Republicans for the regiments of rapists he sees stalking the land. He reminded an audience in Michigan that when the number of cops in Flint was reduced violent crime increased. The Republicans in Congress oppose the jobs bill. Ergo, it's the Republicans' fault that so many evil men have taken up raping.

Joe got his usual laughs in the usual places, but only groans from the president's wise men, who know better. When a reporter for Human Events, the Washington political weekly, asked Joe later at an appearance at the University of Pennsylvania whether he wanted to amend his remarks, the veep practically went postal. He shoved his finger at the reporter's chest and let him have a bit of schoolyard bluster and bloviation. "I didn't use, no, no, no . . . Let's get it straight, guy. Don't screw around with me." (And my daddy can lick your daddy.)

It's not just old Joe. Alarm is the soup de jure not only at the White House mess, but wherever Democrats gather to groan. President Obama, winding up his bus tour of Virginia to pump a little energy into faithful fans of his $447 billion jobs package, reminded a small gathering at a firehouse in a suburb of Richmond that $35 billion of the package would go to prevent layoffs of cops and firemen. When only two people applauded, the president said: "You can go ahead and clap. Go ahead, nothing wrong with it."

The president and his men look and sound rattled, as any serious man would be, by all the signs and slights evident everywhere they look. He put Michelle out to raise money (for $2,500 contributors can get their pictures taken with her). Someone even stole his Teleprompter. But not all the news is bad. Nancy Pelosi is said to be not talking to him.

The president's embrace of the so-called Wall Street occupiers, after first keeping his distance, hints of reluctant romancing. All the girls, as the song goes, get prettier at closing time. The protests obviously appeal to a community organizer's instincts and sympathies, but pollsters are telling him that the public hasn't yet decided whether it likes or loathes the occupiers. So far there's no indication that Occupy Wall Street is the terrific '60s writ large, or even small. A new Gallup Poll, taken for USA Today, finds that 22 percent of the respondents approve of the movements goals and 15 percent disapprove; 25 percent approve of the conduct of the occupiers and 20 percent disapprove. The figure that most of the pols see writ largest is the 63 percent who say they just don't know enough about the movement to know what to think of it.

When Doug Schoen, a Democratic pollster, sent an agent to Zucotti Park, where the protests began, to make inquiries he got back surprising data. Only 198 occupiers were polled, so this was hardly a scientific sampling, but an experienced pollster nevertheless is careful about who he talks to. Only 48 percent say they will vote for Mr. Obama next year. Only about 15 percent are unemployed, and clearly aren't the "1 percent" they claim they are. However, "We're the 85 percent" wouldn't make much of a message on a tee shirt."

For sure, the protest at Zucotti Park is not a grit and granola operation imported whole from the fab '60s. "We're running a five-star restaurant down there,'' Eric Smith, 38, the ex-le Chef de Tournant at the Sheraton in midtown Manhattan, tells the New York Post. He works in a soup kitchen that cooks a thousand meals a day for the occupiers. "The other day, we made some wonderful salmon cakes with dill sauce and some quinoa salad and a wonderful tomato salad with fennel and red onion,'' he said. "We use organic grass-fed meats, and the other day we made a wonderful fried rice and root vegetables and all kinds of soup."

Someone ought to send a plate up to the attic. Joe may be a bit of gasbag, but he's got the mood of a miserable White House down just right.

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