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Friday, May 04, 2012

Obama's kind of Jew

President Obama issued a proclamation in honor of Jewish history month. That would be the same event at which Helen Thomas suggested two years ago that Jews should leave Israel and go back to Germany.

President Obama's proclamation, issued earlier this week, included the following.
The official release which praises Jewish contributions to American society includes the following statement, “Their history of unbroken perseverance and their belief in tomorrow’s promise offers a lesson not only to Jewish Americans, but to all Americans. From Aaron Copland to Albert Einstein, Gertrude Stein to Justice Louis Brandeis.”
Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard was enraged. Gertrude Stein was a collaborator with Vichy France (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
Stein, who’s exhibition currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was strongly criticized by Harvard Law Professor in an Algemeiner column yesterday, where he wrote, “Gertrude Stein was herself a major collaborator with the Vichy regime and a supporter of its pro-Nazi leadership.”

Dershowitz adds further, “Stein’s closest friend, and a man who greatly influenced her turn toward fascism was Bernard Fay, who the Vichy government put in charge of hunting down Masons, Jews and other perceived enemies of the State. Fay was more than a mere collaborator as suggested by the Met exhibit. He was a full blown Nazi operative, responsible for the deaths of many people. After the war, when the horrendous results were known to all, Gertrude wrote in support of Fay when he was placed on trial for his Nazi war crimes.”
You would think that especially in an election year, having messed up so royally, the White House would at least have the decency to apologize and replace Stein with an accomplished American Jew who wasn't a kapo. You'd be wrong.

The White House said that the initial statement was issued 'in error.' And they seem to have a problem finding another accomplished Jew.
The new release, dated May 2nd, omits the reference to Stein and the other Jewish Americans originally mentioned. The corrected paragraph reads, “Their history of unbroken perseverance and their belief in tomorrow’s promise offers a lesson not only to Jewish Americans, but to all Americans. Generations of Jewish Americans have brought to bear some of our country’s greatest achievements and forever enriched our national life.”

As of the publication of this update, the White House website, whitehouse.gov still carries the original version of the proclamation that includes the mention of Stein.
And when American Jews see this sort of thing, what do they think? That all is forgiven because Obama is pro-abortion? What a sorry bunch....

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At 7:42 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

To be fair, Obama is likely following the blatherings of his antisemitic advisers or he just doesn't worry or care now that he has the money he needs for re election. After all, if anyone ever catches him in a mistake, David Axelrod will run to MSNBC to whine and moan that it's the Republicans' fault.

Seriously though, if Obama wins, the next White House Chanuka celebration will be sharia compliant, in Arabic and held on Ramadan.


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