Ed Driscoll

The Randomly Buttondown Mind of Barack Obama aka, #JewishLivesMatter

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Elite police officers take position outside the kosher market where four hostages were killed and shortly before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the site, in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori.)


“Anti-Semitic horrors don‘t exist in Obama’s world,” John Podhoretz writes at the New York Post:

At Tuesday’s press briefing, White House mouthpiece Josh Earnest said something disgusting — I don’t know how else to describe it — about the massacre at the Hyper Casher kosher supermarket in Paris one month ago.

“The individuals who were killed in that terrible, tragic incident,” Earnest droned, “were killed not because of who they were but because of where they randomly happened to be.”

Take it from someone who keeps kosher: Nobody “randomly” happens to be in a kosher supermarket, not even in Manhattan.

But you didn’t need to take it from someone who keeps kosher, did you? You already know that the clientele of a kosher supermarket is almost entirely made up of Jews. You know this because you’re not an idiot.

Yes, if you want to find Jews, a kosher supermarket is the place to be on a Friday morning, as people are preparing for the Sabbath.

Since Earnest is the press secretary of the most important person in the world, I assume he isn’t an illiterate dope. Which means he knows this too.

So what he did was speak a vile lie, and a deeply dishonorable one.

In his column at PJM last night, Roger L. Simon coined the one hashtag that we’ll never see in a Tweet from Michelle Obama or Jen Psaki: #JewishLivesMatter:


If you’re asking me whether I think the president’s an antisemite, why don’t I put it this way.  Barack Obama — despite a claque of Jewish advisers (Axelrod, Lew, Emanuel, etc. I wonder how they felt when they heard this latest round) — appears to have a very complicated, almost bizarre reaction to Jews.  Maybe it’s a weird competition between oppressed groups — blacks and Jews — or more of his not-so-masked appreciation of (and defensiveness about) all things Islamic.

And, yes, he clearly can’t deal with Benjamin Netanyahu, whose natural existential concern for his country regarding Iranian nuclear weapons is disruptive of the president’s desire to be seen as a peacemaker with that pathologically un-peaceful country that is the world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism.  How could anyone trust Obama to protect Israel’s interest against Iran’s religious fanatics when he can’t even acknowledge jihadists are deliberately killing Jews in Paris when it was on everyone’s television sets for days?

You will have to excuse me for getting a little personal but I am more than a little outraged.  Back when I was in grammar school, my best buddy was a kid named Andy Goodman.  He was Jewish (I bet you guessed!) and the name may be familiar to you.  He went down South in 1964 to do his bit for the civil rights movement.  You may have seen the movie about what happened to him — Mississippi Burning.  Nowhere near as courageous as Andy and more than a bit frightened after what happened to him, two years later I decided to go down South myself. I felt I had to do something, too.

Now I live in an era when Barack Obama and so many others are trying to remind me and everyone post-Ferguson that #blacklivesmatter.  Well, they do and they always did, for me and a lot of other people. But somehow our president, regarding Iran, Israel and the events in Paris, seems to have forgotten its obvious corollary: #Jewishlivesmatter.  Until he gets that straight, I’ll be on the side of black people, but not for a second on his.


But hey, the Crusades maaaan, shouts this famous former spiritual advisor to the president.

Related: “In Paris, 20 Cars Have Been Randomly Vandalized” with the random word spray painted on them, as Mr. Obama might call it.

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