Obama’s Hebrew Blog, and the burden of high global expectations

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%.)

Relatedly, Shmuel Rosner, Haaretz’s chief U.S. correspondent has a post this week asking whether global love for Obama hurts his chances of being elected.

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

4 thoughts on “Obama’s Hebrew Blog, and the burden of high global expectations

  1. I couldn’t enter the link and couldn’t find any more information on the blog thing can you check the link please?? It sounds interesting

  2. I just landed on your blog.

    Either you just didn’t think it through or you really have an ax to grind here, but saying that Penn has a large Jewish population does not mean that a large percentage of Penn citizens are Jewish. That is pretty basic.
    It means that there is a large number of Jewish people who live there. If there are 1 million Christians living in Pittsburgh, you’d probably agree that’s a large population in Pittsburgh, even though it’s minimal compared to the 2 billion Christians worldwide. Again, pretty basic.
    Lastly, that Penn has roughly the same percentage of Jewish population as the rest of the country does not mean that it’s an average Jewish population compared to the rest of the country. they may be 2% while 40 other states have 0%.

    Your emotions are obviously clouding your reasoning.

  3. Cupbeans– Marc Ambinder, and others, pointed out that Ha’aretz, and the AP, were wrong on a second count: the blog is by pro-Obama Israelis, not the campaign.
    http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/04/obama_launches_hebrewlanguage.php
    http://www.tapuz.co.il/blog/ViewEntry.asp?EntryId=1228278

    AV, thanks for commenting. I suppose we define “large” differently– I don’t think 2.3%, or 285,000 in a state of 12.4 million, represents a large group.

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