Did editorial distort Obama's words?

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To quote former U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan: "You are entitled to your own opinions but you are not entitled to your own facts." The Augusta Chronicle's distorted and scurrilous editorial ("Preposterous on Passover," April 25) fits the quote to a tee.

I wonder which right-wing blog gave The Chronicle the information that in his message that "he (Obama) compared the feast (the term should be Seder) which commemorates the Israelites' hard won deliverance out of slavery to the recent uprisings in the Arab world." The problem for The Chronicle is that he never said that and what he said was not even close to that.

Obama said in his weekly address ("President Obama extends holiday greeting," April 3): "This is a week of faithful celebration. On Monday and Tuesday nights, Jewish families and friends in the United States and around the world will gather for a Seder to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt and the triumph of hope and perseverance over injustice and oppression. On Sunday, my family will join other Christians all over the world in marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ." "And while we worship in different ways, we also remember the shared spirit of humanity that inhabits us all-Jews and Christians, Muslims and Hindus, believers and nonbelievers alike."

Obama said April 23: "This is the time of year when people get together with family and friends to observe Passover and celebrate Easter. It's a chance to give thanks to our blessings and reaffirm our faith, while spending time with the people we love."

The words of The Chronicle are not fact. Nowhere does the word "Arab" appear in his speech oral or written. Further, The Chronicle juried up the concept that Obama equates the Seder meaning to foment the Palestinians going against Israel.

Someone at The Chronicle should read the Haggadah, the order of the Seder, which says when we welcome Elijah with an open door. The open door symbolizes for us, the men and women who seek freedom from injustice and inequities, the doors must open for all that they may know freedom, equality and justice.

This was written thousands of years ago.

Lowell Greenbaum


(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

This is the complete text of President Obama's April 15 Passover message, as referenced in The Chronicle's April 25 editorial:

"My family and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating the sacred festival of Passover.

"On Monday evening, Jewish families and their friends in America, Israel and around the world will gather around the Seder table and retell the story of the Exodus, one of the most powerful stories of suffering and redemption in history. The story of Passover -- which recalls the passage of the children of Israel from bondage and repression to freedom and liberty -- inspires hope that those oppressed and enslaved can become free. The Seder, with its rich traditions and rituals, instructs each generation to remember its past, while appreciating the beauty of freedom and the responsibility it entails.

"This year, that ancient instruction is reflected in the daily headlines as we see modern stories of social transformation and liberation unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa. Against the backdrop of change, we continue to pray for peace between Israel and her neighbors, while reaffirming our enduring commitment to Israel's security.

"As Jewish families gather for this joyous celebration of freedom, let us all be thankful for the gifts that have been bestowed upon us, and let us work to alleviate the suffering, poverty, injustice and hunger of those who are not yet free. Chag Sameach ."

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onlysane1left 04/28/11 - 06:10 am
Thank you Mr. Greenbaum. I

Thank you Mr. Greenbaum. I hope the ACES staff takes heed to this letter, before release another anti-liberal bias tirade, when they are fueling the pro-conservative machine with their misquotes. As they say in the editorial today after the daily anti-Obama rhetoic, can we get going on talking about the economy now! Or maybe how Nathan Deal doesnt want to stop the 3 cent per gallon gas tax to go in effect on May 1, but I guess those issues are not as important as slandering Obama......

faithson 04/28/11 - 08:13 am
His birth, his school

His birth, his school records, his perceived anti-americanism, his questionable Christianity, his blah-blah-blah.... I am of a mind that the 60% of republicans who hang on the pundunts every word concerning the president's character assassination are 'unconscious bigots'. I remember well what the 'good book' says about 'gossip'... but continue on and justify your iniquity in your heart, just as those who were in leadership did 2000 years ago on the temple mount. Oh, they paid a heavy price... a terrible price.

burninater 04/28/11 - 10:06 am
Any individual or group, such

Any individual or group, such as the ACES, that seeks to support a viable opponent to Obama in 2012 should keep in mind that Americans are not electing an attacker-in-chief. Leave the histrionics to the JV cheerleaders and you may actually begin to convince the voting public that your candidate exceeds the emotional maturity of a 12-year-old.

Jane18 04/28/11 - 12:32 pm
It is not 'gossip' when it is

It is not 'gossip' when it is the truth!

Unhappy with Obama
Unhappy with Obama 04/28/11 - 01:50 pm
Mr Greenbaum will continue to

Mr Greenbaum will continue to try to protect our so called President until 2012 when we can vote Obama out of office.

billcass 04/28/11 - 03:26 pm
I am no fan of the President

I am no fan of the President or Mr. Greenbaum, but he is absolutely right. Reading the actual speech it is nothing like the AC presented. Those of us on the right decry the left wing media and its distortion of the truth. We should not emulate them.

Brad Owens
Brad Owens 04/28/11 - 07:52 pm


Pu239 04/28/11 - 09:22 pm
Well at least 2 of the serial

Well at least 2 of the serial LTE writers are done for 30 days....

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