Friday, April 10, 2009


A mere week since his video and speech in Turkey reaching out to the Muslim world, including the admission that he was for a short time educated as a Muslim in his early childhood, has gone full circle and hosted the White Houses' first Passover seder to be actually attended by a President. Obama broke new ground Thursday by personally hosting a White House Seder dinner for the Jewish holiday of Passover. Though Seders had been held at the White House before, aides said, they believed this was the first attended by the president.
The Seder served a kosher-style spread including matzo, bitter herbs, a roasted egg and greens in the White House's old family dining room. The event was lauded by at least one Jewish group, the National Jewish Democratic Council."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," Deputy Executive Director Alexis C. Rice told the Associated Press. "There is no question, Obama is a true friend of the Jewish community."

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