Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Christian, A Muslim, A Jew...Oh My!

Pete Souza/White House

Last year's White House Seder

One evening in April 2008, three low-level staff members from the Obama presidential campaign — a baggage handler, a videographer and an advance man — gathered in the windowless basement of a Pennsylvania hotel for an improvised Passover Seder.[...]

So begins the story of the Obama Seder, now one of the newest, most intimate and least likely of White House traditions. When Passover begins at sunset on Monday evening, Mr. Obama and about 20 others will gather for a ritual that neither the rabbinic sages nor the founding fathers would recognize.

In the Old Family Dining Room, under sparkling chandeliers and portraits of former first ladies, the mostly Jewish and African-American guests will recite prayers and retell the biblical story of slavery and liberation, ending with the traditional declaration “Next year in Jerusalem.” (Never mind the current chill in the administration’s relationship with Israel.) [...]

That event was the first presidential Seder, and also probably “the first time in history that gefilte fish had been placed on White House dishware,” said Eric Lesser, the former baggage handler, who organizes each year’s ritual.
There is a viral video spreading over the internet which speculates that "Barack Hussein Obama might be a secret Muslim." The evidence offered is that "Obama bowed before a Muslim king, Obama talked about members of his family who are Muslim, Obama quoted from the Koran, Obama defended Islam as a religion and Obama visited a Mosque while visiting Turkey.

Seeing the picture of President Obama raising a glass of wine while sitting at a Seder table makes me wonder if this picture will cause the right wing-nuts to speculate whether Barack Obama is really secretly a Jew!

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