Former divider-in-chief Barack Obama knows how to pander with the best of them. After all, he managed to convince people to elect him president not once, but twice.
While speaking at a synagogue in New York, Obama claimed he’s ‘basically a liberal Jew.’
Mighty big talk from a guy who’s administration never cared to help Israel for nearly a decade, huh?
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Former President Barack paid a visit to a New York City synagogue this week where he implied that his criticism of Israel while he was in office was just tough love and that he at heart “basically a liberal Jew” as he defended his policies.
Obama’s speech to worshippers at Manhattan’s Temple Emanuel is yet another example of how he continues to meddle in the nation’s foreign policy after he left office.
Haaretz has more:
In a rare public appearance, former U.S. President Barack Obama spoke at a synagogue in New York City this week about his relationship with the Jewish community and his administration’s policy toward Israel. Obama described himself as “basically a liberal Jew” and said that criticizing Israel’s settlements in the West Bank was part of his support and friendship to Israel.
The event at Temple Emanuel in Manhattan marked the first time that Obama spoke publicly about Israel since leaving office. The 44th president said that his administration gave Israel more military support than any previous administration, referring to a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the United States and Israel during his last year in the White House. “This is not a matter of dispute,” he said.
Obama defended his decision to abstain at a December 2016 UN Security Council vote denouncing Israeli settlements. He explained that vetoing the resolution would have hurt “our credibility on human rights.” He also stated that “to be a true friend of Israel it is important to be honest about it, and the politics of this country sometimes do not allow for it.”
Is this the same Obama who posed for a photo with Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam?
From Talking Points Memo:
A journalist announced last week that he will publish a photograph of then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama (D) and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan that he took in 2005 at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting, but did not make public because he believed it would have “made a difference” to Obama’s political future.
The photographer, Askia Muhammad, told the Trice Edney News Wire that he “gave the picture up at the time and basically swore secrecy.”
44 is set to hit the campaign trail for Dems in 2018.
From Daily Caller:
Former President Barack Obama is planning to hit the campaign trail and fundraise for Democrats for the 2018 election cycle, giving the party access to the Obama’s sprawling political network.
The former president will mobilize his network of roughly 15,000 campaign alumni around the nation to help get out the vote and campaign for Democratic candidates as the party looks to regain control of the House in 2018.
Obama has reportedly already met with Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez and former Attorney General Eric Holder.
Obama won’t hit the campaign trail until the fall, when he will begin headlining fundraisers for down the ballot candidates. The former president is also expected to make campaign stops in states where competitive gubernatorial and senatorial races are happening in conjunction with competitive House races.
Politico has more:
“He’s going to be out there for candidates, he’ll be out there helping us in meaningful ways, not just in fundraising,” Perez said. “The guy was a state senator in ’04, and he was president of the United States four years later. He knows something about winning elections and building a brand.”
From the morning after Trump’s election, Obama has insisted that there would be a direct relation between how active he was and whether the next generation of Democrats would step up. He feels vindicated by how that played out over 2017.
“He’s keenly aware that injecting himself into day-to-day politics can make it more difficult for other Democratic voices to rise to prominence,” said Katie Hill, a spokeswoman for the former president. “You can expect him to continue weighing in strategically and staying above the fray while helping cultivate the next generation of Democratic leadership.”
Obama on the campaign trail could be great news for the GOP in 2018 and 2020.
Time will tell.