President Barack Obama needs some outside help pushing health care reform, and he's turning to rabbis to get it.What in the world kind of partnership could Obama mean here? I hope for a merciful God. I certainly don't feel God as my partner.
In a morning conference call with about 1000 rabbis from across the nation, Obama asked for aid: "I am going to need your help in accomplishing necessary reform," the President told the group, according to Rabbi Jack Moline, who tweeted his way through the phoner.
"We are God's partners in matters of life and death," Obama went on to say, according to Moline's real-time stream.
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Eyebrows were also raised by the choice of hold music that played to rabbis before the call began.Don't blame that fumble on God, but could this story get any weirder?
"First mistake," Moline tweeted, as he waited for the call to begin. "Music on hold is 'Deutschland uber Alles,' " a classical German anthem, the lyrics to which in part say, "Preserve and protect our Kaiser, our land."
(The music was chosen by the company carrying the conference call, not the White House or the RAC.)
Update: It gets weirder. Via Politico,
"We are God's partners in matters of life and death," Obama said, according to Moline (paging Sarah Palin...), quoting from the Rosh Hashanah prayer that says that in the holiday period, it is decided "who shall live and who shall die."Dems want to railroad HR3200 through, than their best bet is to muzzle this guy.
Update: A take over at First Things