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 April 13, 2010 / 29 Nissan 5770

Clueless has nothing on phoniness, Mr. Obama

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The most embarrassing interview President Barack Obama has yet given was to Washington Nationals broadcaster Rob Dibble April 5.

The president had just thrown out the ceremonial first pitch at the National's home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies, and had gone up to the broadcast booth for a little small talk.

That first pitch had been something of an embarrassment. It was a soft looping throw so far to the left that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had to jump from the plate and reach high over his head to catch it. Mr. Obama throws like a girl.

For the ceremony, the president wore a Nationals' jacket, but a Chicago White Sox baseball cap.

"I'm a South side kid and I've got to make sure that (White Sox owner) Jerry Reinsdorf doesn't get too angry with me," Mr. Obama explained to Mr. Dibble and his broadcast partner, Bob Carpenter.

The president has said often the White Sox are his favorite baseball team. So Mr. Dibble (who once pitched for the White Sox) innocently asked Mr. Obama who his favorite White Sox players were.

There was a long, awkward pause. The president couldn't think of any. Nor did he know the name of the ball park where the White Sox play. (Since 2003, the White Sox have played in U.S. Cellular Field, which was built next door to the now demolished Comiskey Park. Mr. Obama referred to it as "Cominskey" Park. Perhaps his fondness for Chicago radical Saul Alinsky led to the confusion.)

You don't need to be a good athlete to be a good president. Or a baseball fan, either. But if you pretend to be a baseball fan when you're not, you're a phony, and phonies rarely make good presidents.

With the enthusiastic help of the sports media, Mr. Obama has been portraying himself as the fan-in-chief. ESPN showed him filling out his brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament (his picks crashed and burned, as did mine). At halftime in the championship game, CBS treated us to a feature of sportscaster and former basketball star Clark Kellogg throwing a game of HORSE to the president. CBS also featured an interview with the president prior to the Super Bowl.

This a remarkable amount of attention for a guy whose sole claim to athletic accomplishment was riding the pine for his high school basketball team. Gerald Ford, who was an All American football player at the University of Michigan, never got (or sought) anything like it.

I get irritated when Mr. Obama intrudes on a venue which ought to be politics free. Apparently, I'm not alone. Mr. Obama's approval ratings currently are the lowest of his presidency. The more we see of him, the less we like him.

The drop in approval ratings is, of course, due much more to opposition to his policies than to his constant appearances on sports shows, or Oprah. But the more the president speaks, the more we see a petulant, immature side of him that was carefully concealed during the campaign.

Letter from JWR publisher

In an interview Thursday (4/8) with George Stephanopoulus of ABC, Mr. Obama took a shot at Sarah Palin, who had criticized his new nuclear weapons policy the night before.

"The last time I checked, Sarah Palin is not much of an expert on nuclear issues," the president said.

A president ought not to be hurling school yard insults at a former candidate for vice president. It diminishes his status, and elevates hers. The foolishness of the president's fit of pique was illustrated by the attention the news media gave Ms. Palin's rejoinder about the "community organizer's" nuclear expertise.

It's pretty clear Sarah Palin is living rent free in Mr. Obama's head. (Could this be because she was the captain and star point guard of her high school basketball team, while he was a benchwarmer on his?) She discombobulates him in ways no other potential Republican challenger in 2012 does.

CBS released a poll Thursday (4/8) that purports to show Ms. Palin is too unpopular to be president. It showed 24 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of her, 38 percent an unfavorable one, and 37 per cent were either undecided or hadn't heard enough about her.

But Ms. Palin's unfavorable rating is significantly lower than Mr. Obama's, despite the fact that he has received fawning press coverage, and she the most hostile in modern political history. This may be why she's living rent free in his head.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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