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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

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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

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review June 24, 2009 2 Tamuz 5769

Obama plays Goldilocks on Iran

By Roger Simon

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was yet another Goldilocks performance. President Obama faces them all the time when there is a crisis (which there always seems to be).

He can't be too hot — there can be incredible repercussions both at home and abroad regarding anything he says and how he says it — but he can't be too cold.

The not-too-cold part seems to be the tougher role for him. He is Mr. Cool, after all. "No Drama" Obama. The president who said on his 100th day in office, "Things are never as good as they seem and never as bad as they seem."

As David Axelrod, his chief adviser, once put it to me, "One of Barack's strengths is that he is never too high and never too low. He doesn't pump his fists in the air and whoop when things go well, and he doesn't holler when they don't."

But these days — with repression and rioting in Iran — Obama's critics want to see some pump and whoop and holler. They want to see some passion, some (bloodless) blood and guts.

So at his news conference Tuesday afternoon, Obama turned up the heat a little. But just a little, like a master chef looking for just the right temperature to cook the dish without burning it.

Obama said he was "appalled and outraged by the threats, beatings and imprisonments of the last few days" in Iran.

But even when presidents try to follow the Goldilocks strategy of being "not too hot and not too cold, but just right," they find they get held to an even higher standard: Why weren't they just right sooner?

After Obama said he was "appalled and outraged," Major Garrett of Fox News asked him, "What took you so long?"

At this, Mr. Cool turned into Mr. Icy. "I don't think that's accurate. Track what I've been saying," the president said. "We've been entirely consistent."

And when another reporter asked if he was responding to the criticism of John McCain and other Republicans who implied he had been "weak and timid," Obama said: "What do you think? I think John McCain has genuine passion about many of these international issues. Only I'm the president of the United States."

So there. And when NBC's Chuck Todd asked why he would not spell out the consequences for Iran if the rulers there did not clean up their act, Obama said, "I know everybody here is on a 24-hours news cycle. I am not."

The news conference was supposed to be held in the Rose Garden, but when temperatures rose into the 80s, it was moved inside to the White House Briefing Room. This did not disturb the White House press corps, which is used to being stored in a cool, dark place.

Wearing a tie that was an icy shade of lavender, Obama remained, as always, unflappable. Before the news conference, MSNBC's Chris Matthews said he was "almost debonair" in his manner. After the news conference, you could remove the "almost."

Obama is not of the "run about, scream and shout" school of political activism that often dominates talk TV. What is Obama really going to do about Iran? His options are limited. Direct intervention? Ground troops? Forget about it. He got no questions about Iraq or Afghanistan where American troops continue to fight and die, because those countries are not the flavor of the day. Today.

He did get several questions about health care and the economy, and he did say he feels the pain and understands the frustration of the American people.

"I don't expect them to be satisfied," Obama said. "Look, the American people have a right to feel this is a tough time right now. What is incredible to me is how resilient the American people have been."

You mean we've had a choice?

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