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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 Oct. 30, 2007 / 18 Mar-Cheshvan 5768

A season for gaffes and the goofy

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's beginning to sound a lot like gaffe season in American politics. That's the time when the candidates become so exhausted from endless campaigning that their brains lose contact with the words flowing out of their own mouths.


Did somebody say "Joe Biden"?


Yes, in case you haven't heard, the Delaware senator and Democratic presidential hopeful stumbled into saying something recently that was not what he meant to say in comparing the performance of District of Columbia schools with Iowa's national famous education successes.


"There's less than 1 percent of the population of Iowa that is African American," he said. "There is probably less than 4 or 5 percent that are minorities. What is it in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with."


Was he saying that the District's schools have fallen behind because they have too many black kids? Not quite, said his campaign. They quickly issued a clarifying statement later. Biden was talking about differences related to poverty, not race, the statement said. I can't speak for anybody else, but I believe him.


I'm sure that Biden meant no offense. I am also certain that he thought he was being nice to his opponent Barack Obama when he referred to the Illinois senator a few months back as "clean" and "articulate." Little did he know that his faint praise would spark a national dialogue or, in some cases, argument about what should or should not strike black ears as condescending.


As his latest embarrassing articulation faded from the headlines, Biden had a good reason to be grateful for his low poll numbers. News media pay more attention to your goofs when you actually have a prayer of winning.


That's probably why news media and the chattering classes made a bigger deal out Republican hopeful Mitt Romney's spontaneous switching of Obama's name for a similar-sounding Middle Eastern terrorist.


"Look at what Osam—, uh, Barack Obama, said just yesterday," the former Massachusetts governor told Greenwood, S.C., businessmen. "Barack Obama, calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq." Psst! Hey, governor, don't you mean Osama bin Laden?


He had it right the first time. He's fortunate the headline writers didn't re-nickname him "Muff" Romney after the slang term for a fumbled baseball.


Obama probably was not pleased, but I think candidates of all parties deserve a bit of a break. Amid the exhausting pace and volumes of verbiage spewed out during presidential campaign, we shouldn't be too quick to condemn them for blurting out something that they obviously didn't mean. Most of them provide us with plenty to criticize in the statements that they do mean.


Besides, Obama found he, too, could be caught in a crack of political correctness. Some of his top gay supporters were outraged that Obama's three-night gospel tour in South Carolina had booked Donnie McClurkin, a gospel star with an anti-gay reputation.


That's awkward. McClurkin has detailed what he calls a struggle with gay tendencies and vowed to battle "the curse of homosexuality." Gay activists wanted him dropped from the program, but that could offend a lot of the evangelical South Carolina voters Obama was trying to reach. Obama made a decision that echoed King Solomon: He announced that a gay minister would open the weekend concerts, while McClurkin would remain on the bill. As with all compromises, neither side was totally thrilled by the decision, but that's politics.


Halle Berry, by contrast, immediately tried to take back her joke, made during a taping of "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, that a computer-morphed photo of herself with an enlarged nose looked like "my Jewish cousin." Thinking better of it later, the apologetic Oscar winner asked that the remark be deleted before the show aired and it was. Here's a hint, Halle: Next time you want to make a joke, leave ethnicity out of it. It might not be as funny, but it's safer.


Berry's controversy pales next to conservative book machine Ann Coulter's assertions on a CNBC show that "we" Christians "just want Jews to be perfected" through conversion. She meant what she said, she said later, and most of the decent world is trying not to care. Coulter seems to make a habit of behaving like an attention-craving little kid, especially when she has one of her virtually annual books to sell. After all, it is the season for gaffes and other goofy pronouncements. She's apparently found a way to make it profitable.

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