- We all know that politicians will say (and do) almost anything to get elected.
- We all know that almost no politician writes his/her own material, speeches, articles etc.
Nu, so do you believe what a visiting politician says in a foreign country?
Then why should anyone believe United States President Barack Hussein Obama's folksy friendliness when he was just in Israel, especially when all of his previous times with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu were far from friendly?
I know that most Israelis fall for the pretty words and practiced smiles.
'Post'/Smith Research survey shows percentage of those who consider US president pro-Palestinian falls to four-year low.
I am a much tougher customer to convince. I agree with Liat Collins opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post.
And here lies my problem, also, with President Barack Obama’s speech in Jerusalem last week. It was brilliant, feel-good, escapist – and full of clichés and phrases that, when you actually take the time to think about them, don’t necessarily add up. Obama’s visit, in effect, turned into one long commercial break.Sarah Honig also saw through the tinsel.
Ahead of his trip, Channel 2’s Yonit Levi gained an in-depth interview with the US president, preparing the ground, like a promo for a new movie. Indeed, his whole trip took on the dimensions of a visit by a film star. And he certainly knows how to deliver his lines, even when he can’t deliver the goods...
I would not, of course, turn down the opportunity to interview Obama, but I think it would be more interesting – and more revealing – to spend time talking with his speechwriters.
I was not surprised to learn last month that Jon Favreau, the 31-year-old head of Obama’s speech-writing team, has chosen to stop being his master’s voice and elected to pursue a career as a Hollywood screenwriter. The required skills are clearly linked...
How American President Barack Obama stroked our ego with all those smiles, all the photos he obligingly posed for, all the seemingly folksy chitchats, all that backslapping, all those effusive flatteries, all the facile historic allusions, all the Hebrew words he was painstakingly taught to enunciate by his Jewish aides – most of them left-wingers with well-known Peace Now sympathies.
The emperor has no clothes!
Politics is all theater. The words, the clothes, the staging, the acting, the movements. Can we trust anything?