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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Media barred from Obama's seder?

You didn't really believe he was going to bar the media, did you?

Yes, somehow a New York Times reporter has (exclusive?) details on President Obama's seder.
Mr. Obama is not Jewish, but White House officials say that while traveling through Pennsylvania during the campaign last year, he surprised his aides by joining an impromptu Passover dinner held by campaign workers in a ballroom of a Harrisburg hotel, so he decided to treat the group to a dinner this year in his new surroundings.

The Seder, held in the Old Family Dining Room at the White House with several aides and their families, included the traditional Passover dishes, matzo ball soup, brisket and kugel. The White House chefs prepared the meal after consulting family recipes from several Seder participants.

While the Obamas hosted the dinner, it was overseen by Eric Lesser, a White House aide who helped organize the Seder in Harrisburg during the campaign last year. He is now a special assistant to Mr. Obama’s adviser David Axelrod.
We had matza ball soup Friday night, but that's only because we eat matza soaked in liquid (known in Yiddish as gebrokts). Most Chassidic Jews (no, I am not a chassid) do not. But brisket? Kugel? (Other than potato kugel, can you really make kugel that's Kosher for Passover?). Huh?

In any event, the media wasn't permitted at this event, but not all those local Jews who sought invitations. Apparently, you had to be a campaign worker to be invited. That allowed the White House to get this line thrown in at the end of what was styled a blog post.
Jewish groups cheered the presidential Seder, and aides said the White House switchboard was flooded by calls from people seeking an invitation.
I'd rather have my own seder with my own family, thank you.


At 10:58 PM, Blogger ToddK said...

Is it odd that there's no one in the seat at the other end of the table?

Is that customary at the President's table?

Perhaps the person sitting opposite the President was purposefully out of their seat, when the photo was taken.

Just a thought...

At 11:21 PM, Blogger adagioforstrings said...

re:"Is it odd that there's no one in the seat at the other end of the table?"

It's so no one can block Obama's view of his reflection in the mirror that hangs behind that seat.

At 11:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides her potato kugel, my wife makes a mean brocolli kugel.

And if you eat kitnyot, I'm sure you could make a super rice noodle kugel.

Moadim L'simcha.

At 1:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Do you think the White House seder included this part?

"For more than once have they risen to destroy us; in every generation they rise against us and seek our destruction, ..."

At 6:03 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Guys, it was all for show. As Debbie Schlussel remarked last week, it was an ugly minstrel show. It isn't any better in view of the policies Obama is pursuing vis a vis Israel.

More importantly, who cares?

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Ashan said...

What a sorry-ass seder Empty Suit Barry's laid out. Brisket and kugel! Gotta be kidding! And with more non-Jews than Jews present. What a crappy put-on.

Betcha Barry's WH Iftar dinner will be a gala affair for a few hundred US Muslim Who's Who guests!

At 2:21 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

You can make a matzo-farfel-based kugel that also contains vegetables that can be eaten on Pesach.

The original Pharaoh never made it to a seder. Today's version made his own simulation for PR reasons. It must warm the hearts of the many Jewish voters who checked their minds at the door of their polling places last year. That is, those who haven't caught on yet.


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