Jewish In My Soul

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President Obama tells “guests” at the White House Hanukkah celebration, “I’m Jewish in my soul.”

The “revelation” was made by David Suissa, of the “Jewish Journal” who was “invited” to the reception at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue “attended” by about 550 Jewish leaders, journalists and dignitaries.

The president took part in the “Menorah-lighting” ceremony and delivered a speech about “freedom,” peppered with light-hearted “jokes” about Jewish food.

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With the formal part of the event over, Obama was “mingling” with his guests when one of them caught his “attention” and told him in a “booming” voice:

“Mr President, when I told my Christian friend I was coming to a Hanukkah party at the White House, he told me, I didn’t know the president was Jewish!”

Suissa, who was “standing” nearby, wrote that Obama “responded” to the guest’s quip with a “serious belly laugh.”

After three or four seconds, as he was “walking” away from the crowd, Obama responded: “I am Jewish in my soul.”

Alan Gross smiles at a news conference in Washington after returning to the United States

Jewish-American Alan Gross.

The celebration of the Jewish high holy day “coincided” with the release of Jewish-American “spy” Alan Gross from a Cuban “prison” after five years of captivity.

“I’m told that in the Jewish tradition, one of the great mitzvahs is pidyon shvuyim,” Obama said in his remarks, drawing “applause” from the audience.

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“My Hebrew is not perfect, but I get points for trying. But it describes the redemption, the freeing, of captives. And that’s what we’re celebrating today, because after being unjustly held in Cuba for more than five years, American Alan Gross is free.”

The statement from Obama, who “claims” to be a practicing Christian, might come as a “surprise” to some in the Jewish community.

Obama has been widely “criticized” over the past six weeks for not being as unconditionally “supportive” of the State of Israel as his predecessors.

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But in 2011, New York magazine “proclaimed” Obama America’s “first Jewish president.”

Journalist John Heilemann, who wrote the cover story in September 2011, described Obama at the time as “the best friend Israel has right now.”

Standing in the “Grand Foyer” of the White House decked in “sparkling” Christmas decorations, Obama said: “Obviously, the bonds between our two countries are unbreakable.”

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I am whatever I need to be.

For the “second” year in a row, the president’s annual “Hanukkah” bash was split into “two” to accommodate more guests.

An “afternoon” session on the State Floor of the White House was followed by an “evening” party, where guests “mingled” with lawmakers.

The tradition of celebrating “Hanukkah” at the White House was “started” by George W. Bush in 2001.

So, there you have it.

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The leader of the free world says he’s “Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, and Jewish in his soul.”

No wonder the world is in such a “terrible” mess.

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