In this issue

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 May 5, 2008 / 30 Nissan 5768

Obama can't bluff past Wright issue

By Roger Simon

Printer Friendly Version

Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is not surprising that so many politicians have such a low opinion of the media; we make it so easy for them to do so.

Take Barack Obama's handling of the Jeremiah Wright episode. So far, Obama has gotten through this mess not by frankly facing up to what he knew about Wright's past statements and what he did about them, but by bluffing his way through.

Take Obama's recent interview on "Today." In it, Obama explained why he did not speak out sooner to denounce Wright.

"When the first snippets came out, I thought it was important to give him the benefit of the doubt," Obama said of Wright, "because if I had wanted to be politically expedient, I would have distanced myself and denounced him right away, right? That would have been the easy thing to do."

Huh? Let's take a look at that:

"When the first snippets came out, I thought it was important to give him the benefit of the doubt."

Really? Why?

When Obama heard the "first snippets" that Wright believed the U.S. government "lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color" and that the United States deserved to be attacked on Sept. 11 because "we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye," Obama then decided to give Wright the "benefit of the doubt"?

Does this make sense? When Obama heard these "snippets," why didn't Obama call Wright immediately and demand an explanation and express his concerns?

Obama has an explanation, but it simply makes no sense: "Because if I had wanted to be politically expedient, I would have distanced myself and denounced him right away, right? That would have been the easy thing to do."

So let me get this straight: Obama did the wrong thing, because he didn't want to appear to be doing the politically expedient thing, which was the right thing.

Obama knew what the right thing to do was, but he didn't do that because it would have been "easy" and he was afraid he would be accused of political expediency.

Does Obama really want us to believe this is how he makes important decisions? Or is this a politician bluffing his way through a tough moment and trying to get away with it?

Obama also has not fully explained what caused the final breach between him and Wright. There is no doubt that in his speech in Philadelphia on March 18, Obama distanced himself from Wright. But in that speech, Obama also said: "I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother."

So what caused Obama to finally say this week that he was "appalled" by Wright? It was not Wright's attacks on America, apparently. It was Wright's attacks on Obama.

Wright went before the National Press Club on Monday and said Obama was distancing himself from Wright only because "politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls" and that Obama "had to distance himself, because he's a politician."

With that, Wright had gone too far. Accusing the United States of inventing HIV and saying we deserved to be attacked on Sept. 11, well, Obama could give Wright the "benefit of the doubt" on that. But attacking Obama himself? That Obama could not forgive.

The New York Times reported: "As Mr. Obama told close friends after watching the replay [of Wright at the press club], he felt dumbfounded, even betrayed, particularly by Mr. Wright's implication that Mr. Obama was being hypocritical. He could not tolerate that."

Which, to put it mildly, could be considered a case of misplaced priorities.

Obama said Thursday while campaigning in Indiana: "When you're running for president, you make certain assumptions that people, after 15 months, really know who you are. Then you realize, well, maybe there's still a whole bunch of folks who don't know who you are, despite the fact you're on TV every day."

Obama is correct. A lot of people still don't know who he is. Obama is not Jeremiah Wright, and he needs to let people know that, even if it means talking about a subject he wishes would go away.

Obama is scheduled to appear on "Meet the Press With Tim Russert" on Sunday. Obama should use it as an opportunity to speak candidly and completely about Wright, make clear what he knew and when he knew it about Wright and explain how his own views differ from Wright's.

Sometimes the best way to tell people who you are is to tell them who you are not.

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

Comment on Roger Simon's column by clicking here.

Roger Simon Archives

© 2008, Creators Syndicate