by Daniel Greenfield, FRONTPAGE MAG
Obama’s Hanukkah parties have had issues in the past. But this time it teetered over into full-blown violently offensive territory. Obama’s own remarks were boilerplate inoffensive stuff. Israel’s President Rivlin, a political hack who desperately sucks up to the media, was equally insipid.
But the White House chose Susan Talve to light the Menorah. Talve is a member of the anti-Israel group T’ruah which is currently promoting assorted “soft BDS” programs. She’s also a Ferguson activist. Her behavior was deeply insulting to the religious Jewish community and made it clear that the White House was determined to hijack even a Hanukkah party to promote an anti-Jewish agenda.
So the general conviviality of the Hanukkah party was disrupted by a crazed rant from Susan Talve in which she seemed determined to jam as many leftist talking points as possible in her limited time. Instead of talking about Hanukkah, Talve blathered on about getting, “guns off our streets” and to “clean up the fires of toxic nuclear waste”.
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