U.S. President Obama is trying to win over United States Jews via their stomach, their culinary memories. Last year, during the Passover blogging season I blogged that a traif seder was better than none at all, and I still consider that so under most circumstances.
I draw the line where a goyish (non-Jewish) politician uses the Jewish Holiday to score points, mend fences, play politics etc. For Jews going to the White House to a seder officially hosted by the American President goes 100% against the message of the Passover Holiday.
The story of Passover in the Haggadah begins:
"We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt."
Most people erroneously, and dangerously, delete or ignore the phrase "to Pharaoh" and concentrate, emphasize "in Egypt." The major problem leading up to the Exodus from Egypt and all that needed to be done to execute it by Moshe, Aaron etc, was that the Jewish People felt more loyal to Pharaoh, and Egyptian culture, than to G-d. This is the root of the problems and sins of the Jewish People after leaving Egypt, which caused the forty year trek and the additional problems during those forty years.
The Obama staff probably thinks that hosting the seder was good politics. I'm sure that the Jews who attended consider themselves very privileged, like the Persian Jews who partied with King Ashashverosh... but that was Purim, last month's holiday...
The photo is a family seder from over sixty years ago. Many of those who participated are long dead... but not forgotten.
May their memories be blessed.