UPDATED 03-30-10: OBAMA HOSTS INTIMATE SEDAR DINNER AT WHITE HOUSE…
Here we are a year later, and what I wrote then still rings true today. What a joke this administration is. I won’t be blogging about this partying radical this year as he partakes in yet another Sedar dinner in order to try and regain the trust of Jewish people in this "I’m really on your side" photo op. If you want to read about Obama’s Sedar Dinner 2010, just read what I wrote here last year. It’s Obama partying on our dime while the rest of the country is left to finance it…
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Obama to Host Seder DinnerBy Jeff Zeleny
President Obama and his family, along with a collection of invited guests, will gather in the Old Family Dining Room at the White House on Thursday to celebrate the second night of Passover with a traditional Seder dinner.
Mr. Obama is not Jewish, but White House officials believe he is the first sitting president to host a Seder dinner. Last year, while campaigning in Pennsylvania, he attended an impromptu Passover dinner – in a basement ballroom of a hotel – to commemorate the Jewish exodus from Egypt after 400 years of slavery.
Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the president and First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome a handful of friends, staff members and their families into the executive mansion of the White House. The Seder meal will feature a traditional menu of matzo, bitter herbs, a roasted egg and greens, along with the reading of the Haggadah, the religious text of Passover.
While the Obamas are hosting the dinner, it is being overseen by Eric Lesser, a special assistant to David Axelrod, who works as a senior adviser to the president. Mr. Lesser and a group of young campaign aides hosted the dinner last year in Harrisburg, Pa., and were pleasantly surprised when Mr. Obama joined them.
During the presidential campaign, Mr. Obama struggled to address skepticism and win over Jewish voters, particularly in the Democratic primary race with Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Seder dinner on Thursday evening underscores his pledge to be an ally to Jewish voters in the White House.
“By hosting the first presidential Seder in America’s history, President Barack Obama shows the personal and deep relationship he has with the Jewish community,” said Alexis C. Rice of the National Jewish Democratic Council. “There is no question, Obama is a true friend of the Jewish community.”
In a letter to mark the beginning of Passover on Wednesday, Mr. Obama wished Americans a “peaceful and relaxing holiday.” He called the story of the Jewish people’s ascent from slavery to freedom in Israel “among the most powerful stories of suffering and redemption in human history.”
“As part of a larger global community,” Mr. Obama wrote, “we all must work to ensure that our brothers and sisters of every race, religion, culture and nationality are free from bondage and repression, and are able to live in peace.”
The dinner, while hailed by Jewish groups, also created a bit of a stir.
The White House switchboard was flooded with calls of Jewish leaders seeking an invitation, aides said, which prompted a discussion of whether the Seder should be included on the president’s schedule at the risk of offending people who were not invited.
The back-and-forth was captured in an internal email exchange that was inadvertently released publicly with the president’s daily schedule.
“Can we remove the dinner at the end of the day?” one aide asked in an email, noting that the White House was getting calls from Jewish leaders about not being invited.
“Folks already know that it’s happening,” another aide replied. “They’ll wonder why it’s not listed if we don’t include it on there.”
So the dinner was listed on the schedule, but remains private and closed to the press.