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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 April 21, 2011 17 Nissan, 5771

Obama likes Facebook. Facebook likes Obama.

By Dana Milbank




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg have updated their Facebook status: They are in a relationship.

"Sorry, I'm kind of nervous," the Facebook founder confessed to the crowd at the start of Wednesday's town hall meeting his company arranged with the White House. "We have the president of the United States here!"

Obama, who took the stage to raucous applause from the Facebookers, was equally giddy about scoring the hot company's Palo Alto headquarters as his backdrop. "My name is Barack Obama, and I'm the guy who got Mark to wear a jacket and tie," he said.

"Second time," the young billionaire informed his employees.

This was all the invitation the president needed to tell stories about his 26-year-old buddy. "The first time we had a dinner together and he wore his jacket and tie," Obama said. "I'd say halfway through dinner, you know, he was starting to sweat a little bit. It's really uncomfortable for him. I helped him out of his jacket. And, in fact, if you like, we can take our jackets off."

"That's good!" Zuckerberg said, removing the jacket and revealing his blue jeans.

"Wooh! That's better, isn't it?" Obama teased.

Zuckerberg gushed: "You're a lot better at this stuff than me."

Obama likes Facebook. And Facebook likes Obama.

Obama's appearance in Palo Alto lent the presidential seal to the company, a sign that, after its sensational rise, it is being embraced by Washington as a major corporate player. In return, Facebook's imprimatur helps Obama restore his luster among young voters as he begins his reelection campaign.

A Harvard University poll released last month found that 18- to 29-year-olds say they are more likely to vote for Obama than a Republican by 38 percent to 25 percent. That's well short of 2008 levels, when he won the 18-29 demographic by 34 percentage points.

The Facebook-inspired movie "The Social Network" was playing on Air Force One as Obama flew to California Wednesday. "As you all know, dating back to the president's first campaign for the presidency there's a great focus on social media," White House press secretary Jay Carney reminded reporters aboard.

One asked if the appearance at Facebook headquarters could "be construed as an effort to also promote Facebook."

"Absolutely not," Carney said, in an answer that was itself something of a Facebook promotion. "I mean, Facebook has half a billion users. . . More people than you can possibly imagine."

Of those 500 million users, just under 45,000 were "attending" Obama's town hall at the scheduled start time. Participation may have been suppressed by the requirement that you had to click the button saying you "like" the White House.

"Did you know you have to 'like' the White House page to attend?" one user posted on the town hall page. "I have a big problem with liking anything from this White House never mind the fact that they would then have a record that we 'liked' them."

But at Facebook's headquarters, there was no hesitation about liking Obama. "Since he's one of the most popular people on Facebook with 19 million 'likes,' we feel like he's coming home," said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer. "So, welcome home, Mr. President."

Sanberg added, playfully: "Even though it's Facebook, no poking the president."

That no-poking rule was strictly enforced. Among the questions submitted for the session were "Mr. President, Why do u hate Americans so much?" and "Show us your birth certificate." But Zuckerberg selected tamer questions, the majority of which were gentle queries from Facebook employees that teed up presidential applause lines.

When Obama cautioned that the wealthy would have to pay more under his budget plan, his host endorsed the idea. "I'm cool with that," Zuckerberg said.

After reading a question about education, Zuckerberg added his own commentary: "I think that the Race to the Top stuff that you guys have done is one of the most underappreciated and most important things that your administration has done."

In his closing oration, Obama had more admiration for Facebook when he spoke about excessive profits of oil companies. "Nobody's doing better than Shell or these other companies," he said. "Well, maybe Facebook's doing a little better."

"It's such an honor," the young billionaire said when Obama finished.

"We had a great time," Obama told his Facebook friend.

Zuckerberg presented Obama with a Facebook hoodie - "in case, for some reason, you want to dress like me."

Sounds like another relationship-status update may be in order: In a domestic partnership.

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Previously:



04/18/11: Without Nancy Pelosi, Obama is adrift
04/15/11: If progressives ran the world
04/14/11: Faith in political apostasy
04/13/11: One man's revolution is another's political expediency
04/11/11: Shutdown theatrics
04/06/11: Paul Ryan's irresponsible budget
04/05/11: Robots in Congress? Yes, we replicant!
04/04/11: Robert Gibbs, Facebook and the White House corporate placement service
04/01/11: Haley Barbour, the fat cats' candidate
03/31/11: Republican freshmen in House shut down compromise, and possibly the government
03/30/11: Coburn and Durbin, the dynamic duo of the debt crisis
03/28/11: The Obama doctrine: A gray area the size of Libya
03/24/11: Dems as Weiners
03/23/11: Obama's quick trip from tyrant to weakling
03/17/11: Who's afraid of Elizabeth Warren?
03/15/11: The underwear flap over Bradley Manning
03/10/11: In Senate's debt debate, talk isn't cheap
03/09/11: With Obama's new Gitmo policy, Administration officials had some 'splainin to do
03/02/11: Issa press aide scandal is like bad reality TV
02/25/11: Jay Carney: Mouthpiece for an inscrutable White House
02/14/11: The Donald trumps the pols at CPAC
02/09/11: Arianna Huffington's ideological transformation


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