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New Obama Party Kerfuffle: Downsizing Hanukkah
http://www.sphere.com/nation/article/obama-party-kerfuffle-hanukkah-party-guest-list-downsized/19274472?icid=main|hp-desktop|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sphere.com%2Fnation%2Farticle%2Fobama-party-kerfuffle-hanukkah-party-guest-list-downsized%2F19274472%0D ^ | 12/14/09 | Matthew E. Berger

Posted on 12/14/2009 10:29:20 AM PST by Baladas

Just because no one is too worried about gate crashers showing up at the White House Hanukkah party doesn't mean the guest list isn't being watched very carefully.

The annual celebration has grown in recent years into an important bellwether in American Jewish circles, a sign of which leaders are in good graces and who is losing clout. So the Obama administration's announcement that it was cutting the size of the Dec. 16 party by more than a third has left many wondering who will make the cut, and what some might do to get their name added to the (shrunken) list.

"There's a lot of emotions involved and a lot of heavy lobbying, and I'm sure they're having even more heavy lobbying than we had," says Tevi Troy, a former Bush White House domestic policy adviser and liaison to the Jewish community.

Troy has done the math. Obama garnered about 75 percent of the Jewish vote last year, which by extension means there could be three times as many Jews who would like an invitation to his Hanukkah party than there were for the Bush administration's. But a White House official said that about 500 people are invited to this year's event, a significant drop from last year's crowd. As many as 800 received

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhochristmas; hanukkah; islam; jewishvote; obamahanukkah; whitehouse
LOL, well, they voted for him. Wonder if they know what the "Holy Koran" says about them?
1 posted on 12/14/2009 10:29:21 AM PST by Baladas
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To: Baladas

Down sizing Hannukah, downsizing Christmas and supersizing EID and Ramadan... now thats a first for the White House.

Thats a first for America! Way to go Barry!!!!

Thats our nation! In love with diversity. MMM MMM MMM


2 posted on 12/14/2009 10:34:15 AM PST by himno hero
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To: Baladas

Buyer’s remorse.


3 posted on 12/14/2009 10:34:59 AM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: Baladas

The appropriate protest would be an army of jews marching around the White House blowing a trumpet.


4 posted on 12/14/2009 10:36:32 AM PST by dblshot
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To: Baladas

Maybe the Obozo could invite them to Kawaanza (sp?).


5 posted on 12/14/2009 10:36:38 AM PST by hsalaw
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To: Baladas

Such odd behavior for a non-Muslim.


6 posted on 12/14/2009 10:37:38 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Macbeth is ripe for shaking, and the powers above put on their instruments.)
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To: Baladas

"No gelt for you!"

-PJ

7 posted on 12/14/2009 10:44:31 AM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: SJackson

Thought you might be interested in this.


8 posted on 12/14/2009 10:46:36 AM PST by JoyjoyfromNJ (Psalm 121)
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To: Baladas
Come on, American Jews who voted for Obama--wake up! This man is an anti-semite who's make his pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli position clear on more than one occasion. If he wasn't concerned about losing a sizeable chunk of his base, the White House Hanukkah party would consist of a one-card-table buffet in the White House's smallest room, with the president "regretfully unable to attend."

I know there are plenty of conservative Jewish FReepers who understand this, but there are far too many Jewish liberals who don't!

9 posted on 12/14/2009 11:01:17 AM PST by American Quilter (USC Trojans--Fight On!)
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To: Baladas

America’s Jew suffering from “Offen Juden” Syndrome (OJS) better wake up and see the socialism written all over the Obamassiah.

IIRC, socialism had a distinctly negative impact on Jews in the last iteration of “Hope Und Change”, under the Third Reich.


10 posted on 12/14/2009 11:48:04 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Baladas

I think the bigger issue is the fact that the President is having any parties to begin with. His job is supposedly to protect and defend the Constitution, not hosting social events. Our tax dollars shouldn’t be wasted on stuff like this. No matter what religion or group is involved.


11 posted on 12/14/2009 12:24:10 PM PST by timm22 (Think critically)
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So people understand where I'm coming from, I admit I don't thing The One is a Muslim or an antisemite. But this is just stupid.

Christmas is a national holiday, it's natural the White House and the Capital would have displays. Public displays for other faiths are nice too. But it seems to me religious celebrations in the White House should be relevant to the faith of the occupant. Many Christians recognize the miracles of Chanukah, the oil and the important victory over the Seleucids, who would have destroyed the Jewish faith. GWB started this "tradition", I've no knowledge of his religious position on Chanukah, but I wouldn't for a minute question his desire to celebrate the miracles. It's proper in that sense.

BHO, color me skeptical. When religious celebrations devolve into who's inviting who, the dem invited fewer than the rep, the significance is diminished. I'd prefer he not have a celebration at all.

12 posted on 12/14/2009 4:18:14 PM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: dblshot

“The appropriate protest would be an army of jews marching around the White House blowing a trumpet.”

We could hope it turns out like last time.


13 posted on 12/14/2009 4:37:22 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Baladas

It’s Deja 1939 Obama hopey/Changey for no religion for vu.


14 posted on 12/14/2009 4:41:36 PM PST by Karliner (Things are more like they are now than they have ever been before. DDE)
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To: Political Junkie Too

“Barack Obama? Not Jewish.”

15 posted on 12/14/2009 4:42:24 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: SJackson

Good points, but it seems that he’s made far more of a big deal about Eid than any Jewish holiday.

Is this indicative of his true feelings, or just kissing ass?


16 posted on 12/14/2009 4:44:35 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: Baladas
"It's a community that sadly has a stereotype of being beggars, and I want to try hard to not do anything to reinforce a negative stereotype," said Steve Rabinowitz, a Democratic strategist who works with Jewish organizations

WHAT?

17 posted on 12/14/2009 4:44:49 PM PST by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: Political Junkie Too

What?!? Are you saying that we AREN’T getting any change from you, Hussein?

Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!

:-P


18 posted on 12/14/2009 4:58:53 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

He’s spoken frequently about his Muslim relatives, and his youth in a Muslim nation. So yes, it’s reasonable to assume he’d have some affection for Eid.


19 posted on 12/14/2009 6:51:39 PM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: Baladas; SJackson; NYC GOP Chick; ml/nj; Jewbacca; ExTexasRedhead; montag813; SoCalPol; ...
Let's face it: The main reason for the reduced invitee list is that there is a subset of Jewish dignitaries who are being punished for their politically incorrect views, especially with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They are considered by the Obama White House as “obstacles to peace.”
20 posted on 12/14/2009 9:14:32 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

I agree.


21 posted on 12/15/2009 7:12:11 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: SJackson

Sure, but we’re NEVER supposed to bring that up at all.


22 posted on 12/15/2009 7:14:49 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: justiceseeker93; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...

Thanks justiceseeker93.


23 posted on 12/15/2009 7:24:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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