Sunday, August 3, 2008

Obama Interpretations

Debbie Schlussel
An Israeli journalist called out to Obama: "Can you ensure that there will be no second Holocaust?"

Obama walked into the museum's main building without responding. . . .

In the "Hall of Remembrance," Obama put on a white yarmulke, lit the "eternal flame" and placed a white chrysanthemum wreath on a stone slab.

Obama then went to the museum's Janusz Korczak Plaza, where he signed the guest book.

Once again an Israeli journalist asked the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee how he'd help prevent a second Holocaust. "Senator can you assure Israel that there will be no second Holocaust despite Iran's threat to wipe us off the map?" he asked.

Obama demurred, saying that it wasn't appropriate to answer the question there.

"This is Yad Vashem!" the journalist responded.

Obama said he would answer the question at a later press availability.

There sure are a lot of ways to interpret this. What is he signaling and for whose benefit? Why couldn't he just say something like "In so far as it is in my power, I will work to prevent the genocide of any people."

I wonder if the story is even true.

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