"When I sit down with a group of Jewish leaders, just as when I sit down with members of Congress, I do not hear back credible arguments on the other side..." Barack ObamaSome awful summer reading. The long knives are out. Not too hard to figure out who the new enemy of Obama and the left is.
"Obama has countered that his critics have used unfair and misleading arguments to rally opposition. During the private White House meeting with Jewish American leaders, the president suggested that his opponents tone down their rhetoric if they wanted him to do the same, according to several participants. Obama was particularly irked by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s $20 million ad campaign against the plan.It is amazing to me that a sitting American president thinks it is fair game to ever engage in this sort of "rhetoric" with any group of American citizens. Shameful, reminds me of the sort of things another leader was saying in the years before 1939. The damage from what Ben Rhodes calls a little "family dispute" will take many years to heal, if ever.
One participant, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss a private conversation, said Obama argued “that this would not be as big an issue and as big a fight if basically the pro-Israel community was not making it into a big fight. . . . So essentially the takeaway was that he was broadly asking the organizations to consider stepping back.”"