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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 Feb. 3, 2014/ 3 Adar I, 5774

Mr. Obama's Handy Bogeymen

By Bernard Goldberg



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In a recent interview with the New Yorker magazine President Obama did what he often does when his approval ratings drop: He went after Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

Here's what he said:


" there is a Republican base of voters for whom compromise with me is a betrayal. And that - more than anything, I think - has been the challenge that I've needed to overcome.

"Another way of putting it, I guess, is that the issue has been the inability of my message to penetrate the Republican base so that they feel persuaded that I'm not the caricature that you see on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, but I'm somebody who is interested in solving problems and is pretty practical, and that, actually, a lot of the things that we've put in place worked better than people might think.

"And as long as there's that gap between perceptions of me within the average Republican primary voter and the reality, it's hard for folks like John Boehner to move too far in my direction."

What he left out, of course, is that he has a pretty crummy history of reaching out to the other side himself. This is the president who has been fond of telling his opponents, Hey, I won."

But he is right about some things - to a point. Some Tea Party Republicans in the House would never agree with the president - about anything ever. And compromise with the president would be seen as "betrayal."

So let's give Mr. Obama that. And let's acknowledge there are some in conservative media who wouldn't give Mr. Obama credit if he came up with a cure for cancer.

So he's not simply making stuff up.



But let's go back to the beginning, after he won his party's nomination for president in 2008.

Barack Obama, you may recall delivered his acceptance speech standing in front of Greek columns, presumably to show off his supposed greatness. Greek columns! What politician outside of Athens does that?

Then he told us that his presidency would slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. That's not a lift from Saturday Night Live. He really said that.

And in his last presidential campaign, his aides reportedly referred to him as the Black Jesus.

What a guy! A regular messiah! Yet we're supposed to believe this great man with the talent and charisma to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet, is the hapless victim of a cable news channel and a radio talk show host? The most powerful man on the planet in possession of the biggest megaphone is being turned in to a caricature by Fox and Limbaugh?

A few facts:

Fox News didn't roll out ObamaCare.

Rush didn't create the mess in Benghazi.

Neither Fox nor Rush told the IRS to target conservative organizations.

The Obama administration is responsible for all of that. Fox didn't turn the president into a caricature of the real Barack Obama. Barack Obama did.

The president has gone to war with Fox at least a half dozen times since he took office. He'll do it again before he leaves. Every politician needs a boogeyman to explain away his failures. And in Barack Obama we have a politician who is very good at looking out at the crowd and campaigning, but not very good at looking in, at his weaknesses.

The fault is rarely in our stars - even if their names are Limbaugh and Hannity - but more often than not, in ourselves, Mr. President.

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JWR contributor Bernard Goldberg, the television news reporter and author of several bestselling books, among them, Bias, a New York Times number one bestseller about how the media distort the news. He is widely seen as one of the most original writers and thinkers in broadcast journalism. Mr. Goldberg covered stories all over the world for CBS News and has won 10 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism. He now reports for the widely acclaimed HBO broadcast Real Sports.

He is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a member of the school's Hall of Distinguished Alumni and proprietor of BernardGoldberg.com.


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