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Obama and Bush: A Rosh Hashanah Double Standard?

By Daniel Treiman

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Comparisons of President Obama to Hitler by health care town hall protesters have drawn widespread ridicule and outrage. Some conservatives though see a double standard: Where was all this outrage when President Bush was being compared to Hitler by some on the left?

But that’s not the only double standard that has some conservatives exercised nowadays. There’s also the Rosh Hashanah double standard.

U.S. News and World Report blogger Paul Bedard reports:

Washington Jewish Week and Politico tell us that Obama today reached out to about 1,000 Jewish leaders in his expanding campaign for healthcare reform. One of those on the call, Rabbi Jack Moline, tweeted through the call about what the president said. His Twitter page noted: Obama: “shanah tovah to all of you.”

That’s a reference to the Jewish new year, or Rosh Hashana, which starts at sundown September 18. It means “Have a sweet new year.” An associate said that the president was just being polite with the rabbis, and spokesman Robert Gibbs said that Obama was invited by the rabbis to join in on the call “as they get ready for their important holidays.”

But in September 2007, when Bush issued a holiday greeting a week early, he was roundly ridiculed for jumping the gun. The Washington Post said that there was “quizzical reaction” from even Bush’s friends.

A former Bushie who remembered the spat said: “Strange. When GWB sent out Rosh Hashana greetings a few days early, he was mocked. Obama is an entire month too early, and no big whoop.”



Comments
julie Thu. Aug 20, 2009

Hey, it's Rosh Chodesh Elul so New Year's greetings are appropriate for Mr Obama, as they were for Mr Bush. Was Mr Bush mocked? The report seems like hearsay. Sheesh.

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