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Even Conservative Jews Wants Obama To Fail

1:58 pm - 12/03/2009
White House Chanukah Blues

We are now welcoming the first holiday season of President Barack Obama's administration. That means it's time to focus on what one GOP operative told me is the most important issue of the year for any Jewish organization in Washington, DC -- how many invitations can be had for the White House Chanukah party. Yes, more important than stopping Iranian nukes, of greater significance than working toward Middle East peace, and a higher priority than passing health care reform is the question of ... who gets to watch the lighting of the chanukia at the Obama's.

This is no joke! The Jerusalem Post ran an entire piece expressing criticism of the White House because Obama's first Chanukah party would not have as many invited guests as the last one under the auspices of President George W. Bush. According to the article, this reduction in invitations could be viewed as giving the "cold shoulder" to the community or even as a purposeful snub of Jewish Americans.

Last week, one of Bush's Jewish liaisons, Tevi Troy, penned an op-ed for JTA that ruminated about whether the guest list reduction (the Obama administration is only planning to invite 400-500 Jewish Americans to this year's party) is an indication of "studied callousness." Troy breathlessly recounted a series of other right-wing Jewish complaints against the administration and went on to speculate about whether this Chanukah gathering was just another sign that the President takes the Jews "for granted."

That is absolute nonsense. One of the reasons I have loved working in the nation's capital for Jewish organizations is because the Jewish community has had a serious policy agenda -- not just on Israel, but also on issues ranging from civil rights to combating hunger. Perhaps this thread of stories complaining about the lack of tickets to a White House holiday party is simply a reflection of conservative Jews searching for ways to knock the President; I hope so. Heaven help us if we really begin to act as if party invitations are what our community is all about.

Jewish Americans have a lot of important fish to fry in Washington. In case the Chanukah grousers have forgotten, we are in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression; many people are suffering. Shame, if not morality, should drive members of our community to think twice before complaining about too few invitations to a holiday party at the White House.
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
Hey there now...i am converting and will be a conservative jew. And i do not want him to fail.


violetrose 3rd-Dec-2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I thnik this person is talking about politically conservative Jews, not the sect of Conservative Judaism.

Also, you're converting? Cool! What made you want to do that?
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
i dont beleive in the hilness of jesus. i just cant wrap my liveral mind around it. he was a cool dude adn a great jew..but if he was so great why did we have the American holocaust of natives, enslavemnet of Aficans,, The Holocaust....and for teh love of G-d why on earth do we have gaga!

i will be a black, female, liberal conservative jew. im just waiting to be oppressed!
rex_dart 3rd-Dec-2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
i will be a black, female, liberal conservative jew

You'll be totally fierce, bb.
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
I will try my best.
chipuni 3rd-Dec-2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
May I just bask in your awesomeness?
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
oh please do....i am currently recruiting an army of minions...and you just might work!
ididthatonce 3rd-Dec-2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
There's a Black family at my temple in the process of converting. They're the sweetest people ever.

Welcome to our side, bb. :)
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
i think it was the latkes that sent me overboard. :)
ididthatonce 3rd-Dec-2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Haha... my family has a Chanukah party every year, and my mom just started planning the menu. She wants to make a bigass salad to "compensate for all the fatty food."
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
why even make the salad?
sexitara18 4th-Dec-2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Awesome!
alstaria 3rd-Dec-2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking they mean conservative politically, not by denomination :)
squid_ink 3rd-Dec-2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
I hate to break the news to y'all... but alot of jews view Bush as a true 'friend of Israel'

I'd get in HUGE pissing contests with my dumbass relatives about this
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
gahhh...no!
squid_ink 3rd-Dec-2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
not all... but quite a few seem to fall into this category
they're generally older folk
escherichiacola 3rd-Dec-2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Ah the Religious Right's "we have to keep the Jewish state alive so Jesus can come and kill them all" friendship with Israel.
dominator87 3rd-Dec-2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
wich is why i dont see why some jews side with them. thats like ...well thats a micheal steel move right there!
squid_ink 3rd-Dec-2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
nah. .. I think he just hates Arabs more
rex_dart 3rd-Dec-2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I kind of doubt that the whole end-times thinly veiled antisemitism thing is Bush's line of thought. He's a neocon, but I really don't think he's that religious.
the_axel 3rd-Dec-2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
He just plays one on TV?

What with that whole 'God told me to run for President' bit.
rex_dart 3rd-Dec-2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but that's a lot less hardcore religious crazy than a lot of the Christian Zionists' beliefs. Bush strikes me as someone who's a bit more of a superficial evangelical Christian, to be honest. I can't picture him holding up his end of a theological conversation.
randomneses 3rd-Dec-2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
*nods*
haruhiko 4th-Dec-2009 05:14 am (UTC)
I can't picture him holding up his end of a theological conversation.

Fixed. :D
rex_dart 4th-Dec-2009 05:18 am (UTC)
He probably could if you talked to him about, like... football.
haruhiko 4th-Dec-2009 05:19 am (UTC)
Lol oh ~goodie~ I can't wait...
ididthatonce 3rd-Dec-2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
He was actually one of the best presidents for Israel's security since FDR.

If that makes sense.
squid_ink 3rd-Dec-2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
and the worst for the rest of the planet

but yea it makes sense

that's why my husbands relatives all get erections when they talk about bush jr *shudder*
ididthatonce 3rd-Dec-2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
He was great for Saudi Arabia, too...

I'm just saying, the man did a few things right every once in a while, yannow?
squid_ink 3rd-Dec-2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
just saying, the man did a few things right every once in a while, yannow?

no. He did alot in terms of aid for Africa, but otherwise.. he did ALOT more harm than good.

he further destabilized the middle east

that whole area is going into the crapper because of his OMG SADDAM TRIED TO KILL MY DADDY AR
randomneses 3rd-Dec-2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, humanitarian aid was great with the Bush admin but otherwise...iiiiiidk.
txvoodoo 4th-Dec-2009 07:49 am (UTC)
It's because of the Christians who think they need Jews in Israel so Jesus can come back. They support Israel for THAT reason only. They don't like Judaism, or Jews, they just wanna be raptured.
firerosearien 3rd-Dec-2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
My father's a conservative Jew--religiously and politically (though not socially, don't ask) and he hates Obama.

However, in his defense, he hated Bush, too.

(He's a huge McCain fan. He's got a thing for war veterans.)
filbypott 3rd-Dec-2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Oy vey.
mercystars 3rd-Dec-2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
That's because they're all onto the fact that he's a sekrit!kenya!muslin.
zgirl714 4th-Dec-2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Oh, so Obama is giving the Jews the cold shoulder, eh? Cry more. Obama still loves the jews even if he doesn't want them to eliminate the Palestinians.

What about us queers and our lack of marriage and job discrimination protection in many states?
ayarane 4th-Dec-2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Has any of those critics ever considered the possibility that maybe the shrinkage could have been influenced by that little security breach at the state dinner? Fewer people would make it easier to manage...

...nope, that would involve logic and reason. Can't have that. *sigh*
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