How would you counteract rumors of being anti-Israel? Start a blog– at least that’s the Obama campaign’s plan in Hebrew.
The blog that opened Friday includes Obama’s speech to a pro-Israel lobby in March.
(The article in Ha’aretz inaccurately attributes this tactic to the fact that Pennsylvania “has a large Jewish population.” According to the Jewish Virtual Library, Pennsylvania is 2.3% Jewish, or equivalent to the national makeup of 2.2%.)
If he were elected, Obama’s global popularity would be tricky to leverage. Certainly, some of the premises on which his popularity rests would prove to be valid: He might handle Guantanamo better, pay more attention to global warming, speak more softly, and hide the stick—for a while. But doing those things would eventually make it more difficult for him to operate in the world of power politics….Obama would suffer the consequences of high expectations. He would be trapped between the desire to preserve his high standing in the world and the need to act in ways that would erode that standing