“Mr. Obama, Speak First at Touro”

2009 May 11
by INC

As bc3b noted in Will Obama Apologize to the Moors?, it has been announced that Obama will be speaking to the Islamic world from Cairo, Egypt.  The Washington Times reports on some of the spin and the criticism surrounding this speech in Obama’s speech in Egypt to reach out to Muslims.  Elliott Abrams’ concerns regarding the struggle of some Egyptians for freedom are important.

On Saturday, I read this post by Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs in which other concerns are presented; concerns that should never be lost or forgotten in the vortex of spin:  Obama, Make One Stop Before the Muslim Capital.  In it she linked to a column written by Andrew Bostom for The American Thinker on February 8:

Mr. Obama, Speak First at Touro

At the time of Mr. Bostom’s column, Cairo had already been discussed as a possible venue for this speech.  In the article he discusses and documents the hatred of Jews taught and fomented in Egypt. He closes by presenting a contrasting visit–that of George Washington to the Touro Synagogue and the subsequent correspondence.  He then writes:

Contemporary American Jewry has expressed with even greater intensity the “fervent wishes” for President Obama’s “felicity,” as their forebears did in praise of President George Washington. Will President Obama exhibit George Washington’s moral clarity and reassure contemporary Jews he is committed to their liberty and security, which is now gravely threatened by global jihadism?

Mr. Obama, before your planned speech in a Muslim capital, I urge you to address the world’s Jewish community, and condemn the jihad-inspired antisemitic violence fomented by esteemed Islamic religious institutions, including notably, Cairo’s Al Azhar University. And I can suggest the ideal venue-redolent with American history-where you should make this statement: Touro, America’s first Jewish synagogue, located in Newport, in my beloved home state of Rhode Island.

Related to this post, Power Line has a preview by Ronald and Allis Radosh of their new book released on May 12th:

A Safe Haven:  Harry S. Truman and The Founding of Israel.

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If you are not familiar with the history of Touro Synagogue, read these links from Andrew Bostom:

George Washington’s lasting gift to generations of Jews

Address to the President from the Hebrew Congregation

GW’s Reply to the Hebrew Congregation


H/T:  The Washington Times, Atlas Shrugs, The American Thinker, The Christian Science Monitor, Power Line, The Papers of George Washington

23 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 May 11 1:13 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Maybe they can find a copy of the old Brenda Lee song “I’m Sorry” from the early 1960s and play it in the background while Obama reads off the teleprompter.

  2. 2009 May 11 1:22 pm
    chekote permalink

  3. 2009 May 11 1:22 pm
    chekote permalink

    May IP can rework the lyrics.

  4. 2009 May 11 2:59 pm
    conservativetony permalink

    Something is fishy here.

    I’ve been to AP, Foxnews, CNN, MilitaryTimes and searched the internet with Google, Ixquick, and Yahoo.

    Why can’t I find the name of the soldier that open fired and killed five soldiers? He’s alive. Why are they withholding his name?

  5. 2009 May 11 3:08 pm
    mulletover permalink

    The name might appear in the comments on Pat Dollard’s site first. They are already talking about it.

  6. 2009 May 11 3:13 pm

    He is probably a muslim.

  7. 2009 May 11 3:19 pm
    conservativetony permalink

    I can’t think of any other reason

  8. 2009 May 11 3:22 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Maybe he is a step-brother of Obama.

  9. 2009 May 11 3:24 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Hmm. This might be more fitting if we had ‘OUR’ way with Obammy —


  10. 2009 May 11 3:31 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    I be not alone in saying that ‘Rusty’ Steele must go.

  11. 2009 May 11 3:35 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    My God Pigs do fly! 9th circus upholds the findings of SCOTUS in a post-Heller jerk to the right on the 2nd amendment.

    source: Volkoh Conspiracy blog.

  12. 2009 May 11 3:38 pm
    conservativetony permalink

    This has convinced me to back either Romney or Palin. If the left hates them that much, there must be something that I like.

    Basically, the old rule is even more true than ever before: If you don’t know who or what to vote for, find out who the local newspapers are endorsing, then the opposite.

  13. 2009 May 11 4:29 pm
    conservativetony permalink

    I’m on the case. Somebody has to know the name of the soldier that killed 5 American soldiers today. I’ve been all over the internet. In a last ditch effort, I went to some of the Islamic news organizations (BBC and Aljazeera) to see if they were celebrating anything. Nothing.

    But I did find this. Aljareeray LOVES Obama. Surprised?


  14. 2009 May 11 6:14 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    saw that on volkoh. dog. Instapundit gives him a lot of traffic.

  15. 2009 May 11 6:16 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    And yes, I believe Steele must go, too.

  16. 2009 May 11 6:22 pm
    justrand permalink

    I used to really like Steele…and contributed money to his Senate run in Maryland.

    But DAMN…why can’t he be more like Howard Dean? (without being “insane”)

    Howard Dean, insanity, warts, anti-American bias and all WAS driving the message for THEIR base!

    Hell, maybe Rush Limbaugh SHOULD be the head of the RNC!

  17. 2009 May 11 6:29 pm
    justrand permalink

    Back on topic, as for our Dear Leader apologizing to everyone who wants to destroy us in the hopes that will make us “safer”…has this guy never even HEARD of Neville Chamberlain????

    Chamberlain believed his conciliatory tone towards Hitler caused him to DELAY his attacks…but history clearly showed that Hitler ACCELERATED his plans for conquest after seeing what a pathetic LOSER Chamberlain was!

    Our enemies probably STILL don’t knwo just how weak Obama is…but Obama seems intent on educating them!

  18. 2009 May 11 9:38 pm
    gerryowen permalink

    Okay, just FYI

    The military justice system does not operate in any way, shape, or form like the civilian one. There is no political or moral consideration as to Identity of the individual who did it, they are only concerned with the fact that they GOT the bastard.

    Whatever the nationality, religion, etnicity, etc of the soldier who commited the crime, the military is going to convict based of what he is/was first and foremost- a soldier, one who sadly (but hopefully, for his sake) flipped or one who turned on his comrades .

    They don’t release info because A) they don’t have to, B) they don’t like the media (with good reason) and there is no sense giving them anything that may whet their interest, and C) Anything that can harm troop readiness/effectiveness and harm morale worse than Obama becoming C-in-C needs to be minimized.

    Nothing sinister here, is all I am sayin’,
    They would be as closed lip about the soldier’s identity if he was Joe Bob Jillicorn, Jr from AL, Luigi “th squid” franchetti from the Bronx, or Achmed Mibommablowa from wherever Al Franken’s swing vote came from.

  19. 2009 May 11 9:40 pm
    gerryowen permalink


    Steele as Senator? GOOD

    Steele as GOP chairman? Umm…I have to say FAIL

    His ego is too oversized for the job.

  20. 2009 May 11 10:31 pm

    “Hell, maybe Rush Limbaugh SHOULD be the head of the RNC!”

    Or any member of the Cheney family, hell I might even consider taking Mary, how far off the tree could she really have fallen after all? I didn’t read her book so beyond the gay thing I don’t know where she stands elsewhere. I know this though, that kind of face change or even a rumor of it would drive the left bonkers.

  21. 2009 May 12 6:46 am
    chekote permalink

    Yeah! Sure let’s fire Steele for telling the truth about the GOP. Sure let’s fire the first AA RNC after a couple of months and while at it why don’t we put the “Whites Only” country club guy. The GOP has bigger problems to deal with but let’s pick on Steele. Given the demographics and the fact that the GOP is shrinking, let’s pick on Steele. This party ain’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

  22. 2009 May 12 9:36 am

    Steele keeps stepping in sh_t, and is unfocused…at best. My problem with him is not that he’s screwed the pooch a couple times, it’s that he’s not learned from it. He needs to be replaced, that or he need to stfu, stop doing interviews and start focusing on his job.

    The gop does have bigger problems to deal with and Steele constantly putting them on display is not helpful, and isn’t leading anywhere.

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