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Election Year Attacks Sink to New Lows of Dumb

Unless you find the word “forward” particularly nefarious

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In the past 24 hours or so, there have been two Jewish community-releated objections to President Obama that have been really either exceptionally stupid or breathtakingly chutzpahdik on the parts of the umbrage-takers. Many (including the Washington Times in an ostensible news story) claimed that the re-election campaign’s new slogan, “Forward,” carries Marxist and socialist connotations, because several socialist groups and newspapers—not least the Forverts—associated themselves with that sneakingly subvervise word, fraught as it is with Commie jussiveness. And some, including the Republican Jewish Coalition, reportedly criticized Obama for not wishing Prime Minister Netanyahu condolences for his father Benzion’s death within a day (he did today: well within, I can’t help but add, the shiva window).

Decorum matters, and for example I’ve written many times that, especially given that he visited Cairo in his first six months of office to give a speech directed toward the Arab world, Obama can be faulted for not having visited Israel as president. Yet this stuff is nuts. A few other objections I foresee:

• We’re hearing all about Obama’s girlfriends now. What, he couldn’t have dated a Jewish girl?

• Why couldn’t the Obamas have acquired an Israeli water dog? What’s so good about the Portuguese?

• Obama’s first chief-of-staff was Rahm Emanuel and his current one is Jack Lew. What does he have against Reform Jews?

• The White House Seder is all well and good. But must Tu B’Shevat go unobserved at 1600 Pennsylvania?

• Wait, his middle name is Hussein?

New Obama Slogan Has Long Ties to Marxism, Socialism [Washington Times]
In U.S. Election Year, Even Death of Netanyahu’s Father Is Political [Haaretz]

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Ephraim_K says:

If anything, Obama’s slight (but reasonable) delay in reaching out to Netanyahu is the ultimate proof of his kindred Jewish spirit: he operates on Jewish time.

dmark49389 says:

Gotta love American politics; as usual, it’s all about the issues. Did Romney date any Jewish girls? Is his accountant Jewish?

jcarpenter says:

“Forward”  like the direction on a golf-cart power-switch; like Wisconsin’s state seal; something else for loonies to hyperventilate about.

Wow, Obama really is a Kadima supporter!  ;)

PhillipNagle says:

Well the Yiddish “Forward” certainly was a socialist publication.  Unfortunately it was the only yiddish source of news for many people, such as my grandparents, who were more fluent in Yiddish than English.

Isn’t “forward” something the MSNBC slogan?

PhillipNagle says:

I wish we would just talk about the economy.  That is the last thing Obama wants to talk about.

emunadate says:

I wonder where he will stand with regard to Israel if he wins the election…


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