The Presidential Visit

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With President Obama set to touch down in a few hours, it is understandable that much of the attention here is focused on how his arrival and subsequent moving around the city will paralyze traffic in Yerushalayim during some of the busiest days of the year.

Like everything else about this beautiful country, special Jewish touches put everything in a different perspective. The city center is festooned with signs and American flags. The municipality would like the city to sparkle. Or at least not do the opposite. It has been stymied in this effort, however, by the fact that there is far more garbage overflowing the bins than at other times. There is nothing they can do about Pesach cleaning. It seems that everybody is cleaning for Pesach, and the signs of all that labor are evident in the street.

Another topic of conversation is the Presidential menu. He is staying at the King David. Some things take priority even over the President of the United StaTES. The kitchen has already been turned over for Pesach, and the President will not be able to eat chametz.

It is not clear yet whether he will eat gebrockts.

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3 Responses

  1. Reb Yid says:

    It is hard to imagine anyone in Israel calling President Obama “the new Pharoah” after his recently concluded visit. Although apparently he does do an awesome Pharoah imitation at the Seders which he has introduced to the White House.

  2. Bob Miller says:

    Meet the new Pharaoh.

  3. Raymond says:

    When Benjamin Netanyahu came here to the United States several months ago, Barack Obama completely ignored him. I wish that such a lack of response had been given right back to Obama during his current visit in Israel. His exaggerated sense of himself needs to be lowered a few notches. Furthermore, I do think it was inappropriate of Obama to so disrupt Israeli life, exactly during the most challenging time of the year for traditional Jews, when people are busy preparing for Pesach.

    It is hard to tell exactly why Obama is visiting Israel at all. I heard that he will not be addressing the Knesset, but talking to college students instead. One can never be cynical enough when it comes to politics, and it just seems to me that what he is trying to do, is to undermine Israeli support for a strong Israel, by appealing to the young college voter, the demographic that is most susceptible to such messages by smooth talking dishonest snake oil salesmen like Barack Obama.

    I am just not exactly a huge fan of Barack Obama, as he is clearly the President in American history that is the most hostile to Israel, other than, of course, the notorious antisemite, Jimmy Carter. The one is the continuation of the other.