Canard alert: Obama ‘propelled’ to Senate by Jews?

Israel/Palestine
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Here’s a thought experiment: What would the reaction be if a journalist (or god forbid a CNN editor!) were to say that Barack Obama was elected to the Senate or White House because of his closeness to Jews? Anyone care to ask Helen Thomas?

Now, what would happen if the person who said this happened to be Obama himself? Here he is talking to Israel’s Channel 2 reporter Yonit Levy (as reported in Haaretz):

During the interview Wednesday, when confronted with the anxiety that some Israelis feel toward him, Obama said that "some of it may just be the fact that my middle name is Hussein, and that creates suspicion."

"Ironically, I’ve got a Chief of Staff named Rahm Israel Emanuel. My top political advisor is somebody who is a descendent of Holocaust survivors. My closeness to the Jewish American community was probably what propelled me to the U.S. Senate," Obama said.

Abe Foxman, get on the case!

The interview seemed to be part of Obama’s charm offensive directed at Israeli Jews following his meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu. He goes in to the interview to explain that his entire outreach to the Muslim world is "designed precisely to reduce the antagonism and the dangers posed by a hostile Muslim world to Israel and to the West." That’s funny because in his famous Cairo speech Obama said he was there to "seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect." Hmmm, his explanation to Channel 2 doesn’t sound very "respectful." But then again as Ali Abunimah pointed out over twitter: "Other than that one speech, can anyone think of any Obama "outreach" to Muslims that does not involve drones?"

14 Responses

  1. radii
    July 8, 2010, 2:33 pm

    and who says politicians never tell the truth?

    • midnightschild
      July 9, 2010, 7:50 pm

      Obama has just asked the head of NASA to reach out to the Muslim world regarding their technological contributions to space. Now if that’s not stretching it a bit, I don’t know what is. NASA, no less, who is about to descimate it’s workforce wants to talk to the Muslim world about space as if the Muslim world had nothing else on it’s mind.. Can you imagine.. at least it provided a good laugh, when the head of NASA said Obama asked if he would make this a priority of his job. I’m sure Obama thinks that should take care of anyone who says he’s not reaching out…….

  2. Shafiq
    July 8, 2010, 3:14 pm

    I was wondering whether anyone would cover the sacking of Nasr. It seems even more disgraceful in the light of this article by Robert Baer

    Obama got the Cairo speech and the small statements against the settlements out of the way quickly, so he could spend the rest of the time using his charm offensive to win back those amongst the American Jewish community who are pissed off. Either it’s genius or plain dumb.

  3. Keith
    July 8, 2010, 3:16 pm

    How fortunate we are to have a President who is highly intelligent and well-spoken (unlike his predecessor). He brings a touch of class to shameless servility. You would think turning over the government to Goldman-Sachs would have been good enough. Give him his due, he seems to have a natural flair for this sort of thing.

  4. Sumud
    July 8, 2010, 4:05 pm

    Also from Abunimah on Nasr:

    After Octavia Nasr firing, Israel foreign ministry stirring trouble over UK diplomat in Beirut’s Fadlallah eulogy link to j.mp

  5. eljay
    July 8, 2010, 4:26 pm

    During the election campaign, I remember thinking and hoping how astounding and amazing it would be if Obama were to live up to his (seeming) potential. Once elected, his refusal to discuss holding the prior administration accountable for its massive fuck-ups re. Iraq, et cetera, immediately deflated my sense of hope in, and respect for, him. And it’s been downhill ever since. His speeches are still eloquent, but they now ring so completely hollow it’s embarrassing.

    Ah, well, I guess he – and we – can all just “Remember the Holocaust!”

  6. Kathleen
    July 8, 2010, 4:30 pm

    “But then again as Ali Abunimah pointed out over twitter: “Other than that one speech, can anyone think of any Obama “outreach” to Muslims that does not involve drones?”

    Obama’s Cairo speech hollow words spoken with forked tongue.

    Bibi has once again proven that the White House and the U.S. congress is Israeli occupied territory

  7. bobasoka
    July 8, 2010, 6:22 pm

    Obama’s trying to blame the Jews already? It’s not even midterm yet!

    • Mooser
      July 8, 2010, 9:10 pm

      Bobasoka, did you lift that comment from me when I wasn’t looking?
      Good one.

      • bobasoka
        July 9, 2010, 6:10 am

        Sorry. I’ll give you unclaimed attribution next time. ; )

  8. midnightschild
    July 8, 2010, 7:40 pm

    Unfortunately, the Muslim world knows that Obama’s words at Cairo were just that, words. He brought them hope, only to show them that the change he was talking about is the one that Israel and AIPAC can believe in. This time, he doesn’t have to run around saying “sorry” to every Jewish organization. He has done exactly what BiBi wanted him to do. Israel is the one country that can kill Americans with impunity. I am sure Obama assured BiBi that he wouldn’t think of investigating the death of the 19 year old US citizen on the flotilla, just like the USS Liberty murders and the murder of Rachel Corrie. And since the US has paid Israel 118 billion and counting, since 1949, and BiBi will get another 3.2 billion this year, all US citizens have been made to be complicit in Israels actions against the Palestinians, and other Muslim countries, through out tax funded foreign aid gifts to Israel. As a US citizen, Obama fooled me once, when I wanted to believe in him, it won’t happen again. He is just another politican bought and paid for, and the Muslim world needs to stop looking for help from the US, and turn towards other countries to find an honest broker. Obama and Clinton certainly can’t be called that.

  9. Chaos4700
    July 9, 2010, 8:09 pm

    Ironically, I’ve got a Chief of Staff named Rahm Israel Emanuel.

    Yeah, that’s not irony, that’s Democratic Party politics.

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