Skip to comments.New Obama Party Kerfuffle: Downsizing Hanukkah
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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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
The appropriate protest would be an army of jews marching around the White House blowing a trumpet.
Maybe the Obozo could invite them to Kawaanza (sp?).
Such odd behavior for a non-Muslim.
"No gelt for you!"
Thought you might be interested in this.
I know there are plenty of conservative Jewish FReepers who understand this, but there are far too many Jewish liberals who don't!
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.
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.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
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.
“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.
It’s Deja 1939 Obama hopey/Changey for no religion for vu.
“Barack Obama? Not Jewish.”
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?
What?!? Are you saying that we AREN’T getting any change from you, Hussein?
Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!
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.
Sure, but we’re NEVER supposed to bring that up at all.