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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

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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

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Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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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

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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

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Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

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Jewish World Review May 27, 2008 / 22 Iyar 5768

Not so smart after all? Obama keeps putting his foot in his mouth

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What should be the theme song for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign? Some think it should be Carly Simon's 1972 smash hit, "You're So Vain," (I bet you think this speech is about you).

Most of us have a higher opinion of ourselves than objective circumstances warrant. But in few of us is the gap between how we view ourselves and reality as wide as it is with Sen. Obama.

Barack Obama is a bright, handsome, personable guy who gives a good speech (when he's working from a prepared text). But he's never actually done much of anything. The biggest tic on his resume to date is that he was president of the Harvard Law Review. That's impressive, but not exactly the stuff of Churchill, Roosevelt or Reagan, guys who could turn a phrase, too, but who are remembered for more than that. Sen. Obama's self regard is such that he already has written two autobiographical books.

Little seems to annoy Sen. Obama more than when others do not hold him in as high esteem as he holds himself. Sen. Obama apparently was dozing in the pews when his pastor said America is no better than al Qaida, and that our government created the AIDs virus to exterminate blacks. But his ears perked up when the Rev. Jeremiah Wright implied Sen. Obama was insincere in describing their relationship:

"That's a show of disrespect to me," Sen. Obama said.

A focus on himself and a hypersensitivity to perceived slights may explain why Sen. Obama decided President Bush was speaking about him when the president denounced appeasement in a speech to the Israeli parliament May 15.

"I understand when you are running for office sometimes you think the world revolves around you," responded White House Press Secretary Dana Perino. "That is not always true, and it is not true in this case."

Sen. Obama's prolonged response to the Knesset speech -- one of the largest unforced errors I've seen in politics -- suggests another candidate for campaign theme song, Sam Cooke's 1960 ditty, "What a Wonderful World it Would Be." The opening lyric is: "Don't know much about history."

In arguing to reporters that face to face meetings with America's enemies without preconditions isn't appeasement, Sen. Obama claimed President Kennedy's summit meeting with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna helped defuse the Cuban missile crisis.

The Vienna summit took place in June of 1961, the Cuban missile crisis in October of 1962. Many historians believe that that summit was a cause of the Cuban missile crisis:

"There is reason to believe that Khrushchev took Kennedy's measure in June 1961 and decided this was a young man who would shrink from hard decisions," wrote Elie Abel, author of "The Missiles of October."

In his victory speech after the North Carolina primary, Sen. Obama said:

"I trust the American people to understand that it is not weakness, but wisdom to talk not just to our friends, but to our enemies, like Roosevelt did, and Kennedy did, and Truman did."

Neither FDR nor Truman met with Hitler, Tojo or Mussolini before or during World War II. Their policy was unconditional surrender. They did meet with Stalin during World War II. But the Soviet Union was then a U.S. ally.

Then Sen. Obama said his willingness to meet face to face with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran could be a "Nixon to China" moment. But Nixon could make his overture to split China from the Soviet Union precisely because of his reputation as a tough anti-communist. Sen. Obama does not enjoy a reputation for toughness. And there were plenty of preconditions before Nixon and Mao met face to face. When you're in a hole, you should stop digging.

Another lyric in the Sam Cooke song is: "don't know much geography." In a speech in Oregon last week, Sen. Obama said he'd campaigned in 57 states, and in the "Oregon plan" his campaign released, he promised to protect "national treasures like the Great Lakes," the nearest of which is about 1,700 miles east of Oregon.

This week Sen. Obama said Hillary Clinton had an advantage in Kentucky because "she comes from the nearby state of Arkansas." Sen. Obama's home state of Illinois borders on Kentucky. Arkansas doesn't.

If Sen. McCain were saying these things, there'd be much media speculation about "senior moments." Is Sen. Obama suffering from early onset Alzheimers? Or is he just not as smart as he imagines himself to be?

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