An Obama “Blast” From The Past

I am in the U.S. on business, touring children’s summer camps sponsored by the nonprofit I work for, Kars4Kids. At least my physical presence is here. My heart, on the other hand, is in Israel, where my beloved country is at war and where my son has been called up to the reserves. My heart doesn’t seem big enough to contain both my love for my country and my umbrage at the audacity of the current White House incumbent.

What is it now, you might wonder. This time it’s a phone call. President Obama called Bibi yesterday and read him the riot act. I hate the way the President tries to boss my Prime Minister around. I hate the way he’s always kicking Israel in the you-know-whatsies. Usually, the Prez tells Bibi to jump, and Bibi asks, “How high?”

But things have been different lately. Let’s hope they stay this way. I prefer this Bibi to the other one.

What’s really interesting however, is the juxtaposition of the contents of this recent phone call to that of a transcript dating back to 2008, when then Senator Barack Obama visited Israel. Let’s take a look:

On Sunday, July 27, 2014, President Barack Obama called the Prime Minister of Israel, Benyamin Netanyahu. According to the readout of the phone call released by the White House:

“The President made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement. . .The President underscored the enduring importance of  . . . enacting a sustainable ceasefire that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza’s long-term development and economic needs, while strengthening the Palestinian Authority.”

Now for the 2008 transcript. Funny, what a difference 6 years and two presidential election victories can make. Read it and weep.

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Kassam rockets put on display for President Obama’s 2008 visit to Israel.

July 23, 2008
Obama’s Speech in Sderot, Israel

The following is a transcript of Senator Barack Obama’s speech in Sderot, Israel, as provided by CQ Transcriptions, Inc.


“I don’t think any country would find it acceptable to have missiles raining down on the heads of their citizens.

The first job of any nation state is to protect its citizens. And so I can assure you that if — I don’t even care if I was a politician. If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.

In terms of negotiations with Hamas, it is very hard to negotiate with a group that is not representative of a nation state, does not recognize your right to exist, has consistently used terror as a weapon, and is deeply influenced by other countries. I think that Hamas leadership will have to make a decision at some point as to whether it is a serious political party seeking to represent the aspirations of the Palestinian people. And, as a consequence, willing to recognize Israel’s right to exist and renounce violence as a tool to achieve its aims. Or whether it wants to continue to operate as a terrorist organization. Until that point, it’s hard for Israel, I think, to negotiate with a country that — or with a group that doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist at a country — OK.”

Guess things look very different from a senator’s seat, or rather, when you’re riding the campaign trail, it’s a horse of an entirely different, um, color.  So which Obama is the real Obama? The one sitting pretty in the White House, or the one who is a senator desperate to get a taste of the presidential high life?

(H/T Paul Shindman for the 2008 transcript and link).

About Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 34 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids, raising her 12 children, and noshing constantly on fried food

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      • Varda Meyers Epstein

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  • -ls/cm

    … neither are real.

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      So what is?

      • NewClassTraitor

        0bama kissing himself in the mirror (PG-rated version)

        • Varda Meyers Epstein


  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama is a vapid shithead who would tell the Nazis he’s a Nazi if it meant even one vote for him.

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      Wow. Hard little. Tell us how you really feel.

  • gilyashar

    To paraphrase a known adage, “fool US Jews once ‘shame on you’, fool US Jews twice, shame on US Jews”

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      Can’t take issue with that, except that some, including my wise mother, we’re never fooled in the first place.

  • ruth rosenstock

    “which is the real Obama”? that’s not a serious question, is it? there was never any doubt for some of us about where his sympathies lay.

    the LA Times has had that damning Rashid Khalidi dinner videotape locked up in a vault since 2007. Obama’s remarks at that dinner are so incendiary we STILL can’t see the tape. but considering it was a going-away dinner for one of the premier Palestinian apologists in academia–and that’s saying something–I think we can guess which side he was on.

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      Nope. Rhetorical. Absolutely. And the fact that the tape exists is damning enough.

  • ToughJuice

    When Saudi, UAE and Egypt have a better dynamic with Israel you know something is wrong upstairs. The WH is all about politics and this conflict is NOT about politics or religion, it’s about the rights of People in Israel and Gaza to peacefully coexist in safety. Forget the comcast lobbyist and his band of: idiots from Nebraska, jihadis and fascists. America is with Israel don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

    • Varda Meyers Epstein

      Hope so!

  • Yacov McJudah

    Don’t shoot me down. This did not just happen with Obama. I first saw it with the peanut farmer potus. In the ghettos during the war some rabbis thought hitler/Obama could not be that evil. But he was worse than any could imagine. Please wake up and see that there is a well organised campaign to destroy the Jewish people. Not just Israel. Although they will be first.
    First they came for The Zionist then they came for the Israeli now they have come for all the Jews. Who will save you when it’s your turn. The Christians are next.
    God help us all.

  • Heart4YHWH

    I never voted for Obama…I knew what he was like before I knew him because my sister endorsed him (as a god.) My sister is big in the Democratic Socialist movement, and I have seen what has happened to her mind over the last 25+ years. She cannot think for herself anymore, she denies all truth, The DSP (Democratic Socialist Party) and Hillary Clinton are also her gods. She has lost all ability to reason, she changed from a loving, caring Christian into a political monster with an insatiable appetite to get even with the Republicans. She stopped being involved with her church when she got involved into politics (it was a good Bible believing church, too.) She spews forth the lies that she has been brain washed to say, and defends Obama in all he does and says. She volunteers all of her available free time in promoting the DSP. She still thinks she is a Christian, but I have to wonder anymore. My mother, just prior to her passing, also recognized it in her, and my mother was heart-broken to think her daughter was a Socialist. She remembered WWII, the Korean War, the Cold War, bomb shelters, McCarthy, and all the other evils of Socialism. She said she knew it would become so terrible in the future, that there could be another civil war dividing our country in two, even dividing our family, like it did so many in the 1860’s. My mother was a very wise woman. She didn’t say much, but when she did, you knew to pay attention, because she was always right.

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