He spoke of visiting 57 states. He royally flubbed a toast to Queen Elizabeth II. Now, Barack Obama has made a misstep at the menorah.
Obama celebrated Hanukkah at the White House…just a few days early. At the celebration, attended by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, numerous VIPs, and his new director of Jewish outreach, Obama lit every candle on the menorah.
Of course, lighting on candle each night is the only kosher way to celebrate.
Obama had kind and reverential things to say about the Jewish festival of lights:
It’s a story of right over might, of faith over doubt, of a band of believers who rose up and freed their people and discovered that the oil left in their desecrated temple – which should have lasted only one night – ended up lasting eight. It’s a timeless story. And for 2,000 years, it has given hope to Jews everywhere who are struggling. And today, it reminds us that miracles come in all shapes and sizes.
He added the season is a time of friendship between people, and nations — the perfect time to draw attention to “our unshakeable support and commitment to the security of the nation of Israel.”
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His tone was a nice contrast to the short-shrift he usually gives religious holidays, particularly Christian ones. Although he has released presidential proclamations on behalf of holidays like Diwali, Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha, he issued no proclamation for Easter this year.
Rush Limbaugh joked about Obama’s celebration of the holiday taking place early, so the president can get to his vacation. El Rushbo asked if Obama had confused Hanukkah with Kwanzaa, the phony, racist holiday Obama has celebrated with a presidential proclamation in the past.
At least Obama has never screwed up a black nationalist holiday. Yet.