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December 2, 2014

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 April 15, 2005 / 6 Nisan, 5765

The Three Amigos are annoying

By Diana West


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What is the deal with Bush, Bush & Clinton, and am I the only one to find this presidential reality show, starring Theirs Truly, extremely annoying?

What we see in photo-op after photo-op is something that goes beyond protocol, the codified strictures that have evolved to lend that impersonal, if awesome, dignity to gatherings of state, right down to their least prepossessing attendees. We see instead "The Three Amigos," as Newsweek has dubbed Bush, Bush & Clinton. The Three Amigos can't have dignity; they have to have personality. Camaraderie. Maybe even adventures aboard Air Force One. First stop, tsunami-land, where Dad and Bill offer aid and comfort in leisure wear. Next, it's Dad and Bill and W. in Rome, soberly suited for the pope's funeral. Then, it's dinner for three with Berlusconi; later, it's briefings for the "troika" with Condi. What next — a remake of "The Three Musketeers"? The fact is, these guys aren't all for one and one for all. And this is where things get annoying. First of all, as presidents they don't just represent the culmination of the democratic process at a given time — 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004, respectively. They bring clanging, clashing generational baggage to the job; they can't help it. George Bush (41) is the last president from the so-called Greatest Generation. Bill Clinton (42) is the first president from the Baby Boom.

Symbolically, they are as far apart as World War II and the 1960s. George W. Bush (43) may be the second president from the Baby Boom, but not having opposed the Vietnam War as Bill Clinton did, he skipped the elite-approved New Left 1960s experience. (In case you missed the 2004 election, George W. Bush joined the Air National Guard in 1968; at about that time, in case you missed the 1992 election, Bill Clinton "loathe(d) the military.")

Of course, that's just how these men started out on their distinctly separate paths to the Oval Office: It's what they did there once they got behind the desk that really makes the buddy routine ring false. Or what Clinton did there, that is. And I'm not just talking about the Oval Office-overlap of Monica Lewinsky, oral sex, and a telephone discussion with a congressman about troop movements in Bosnia — although certainly this less-than-harmonic convergence is the nadir of the American presidency. The grime, slop and tawdriness of the Clinton years is infamous, culminating not in the historic Clinton impeachment in 1998, but in a slew of 11th-hour Clinton pardons in January 2001 for assorted crooks and cretins.

As far back as 1992, Bush (41) famously placed any and all of Clinton's character deficiencies beyond the scope of his campaign. For this we can say, thanks a lot, George. Maybe, just maybe, lashing into the "bimbo eruptions," the shady deals, the draft evasion, etc., could have made a difference on Election Day. Probably not, though. Bush pere was no Second-term Coming. But Bush's discretion proves a point; namely, that he believed in the tradition of the Marquis of Queensbury more than in the ghost of Lee Atwater. By the time Bush fils came along, the line on the innumerable Clinton-Gore scandals was a promise to "restore honor and integrity to the Oval Office." This would ultimately include a new paint job on Inauguration Day 2001. Bush (43) had a fresh start — although no thanks to his predecessor, Clinton (42), who has openly questioned Bush's legitimacy as the 2000 election winner.

Shouldn't bygones be bygones? Frankly, if these clashes were purely private, maybe so. Certainly, they wouldn't be cause for discussion. But these were affairs of state (absolutely no pun intended) and they involved urgent matters of principle. "Patching things up," as unelected citizens might or might not choose to do, isn't really an option for public servants in this case — unless, of course, they now consider the clashes to have been purely personal and, worse, the principles unimportant.

One more thing: It may be a flash in the PR pan, but reports about a new biography of Hillary Clinton by Edward Klein promise revelations that could be damaging to the senator from New York's presidential aspirations. In such a case, hubby's newfound friendship with those mind-your-manners, blue-blazer-born Bushes would only help fend off any future sleaze. All for one and one for all? Frankly, discretion really is the better part of valor. And that's precisely what protocol tells us.

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