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Chan Lowe: Bibi's stamp of approval


It’s in keeping with the bizarre way the 2012 elections are shaping up that the most important endorsement any candidate of either party has managed to land so far is from a foreigner.

Considering that President Obama cannot win reelection without Florida’s electoral votes, and that our recession-ravaged state could easily swing either way a year from now, anything that might get disillusioned Sunshine State Obama voters off their sofas and down to the polls could spell the difference between national victory and defeat.

This is purely anecdotal, but I talk to a lot of people down here in New York’s sixth borough, and their sentiments about the president’s handling of Israel⎯and the Middle East conflict in general⎯range from bewilderment to disappointment to anger to disgust. “He hasn’t even visited Israel as president yet. What’s he thinking?” one person said to me. Symbolism means a lot in this thorny corner of politics.

The ’67 borders speech was a loser, for sure. Nobody heard the accompanying “land swaps” part, because they were so apoplectic that he’d even brought it up, they shut down and stopped listening.

So now that the elections are looming again, it’s time to think about mending fences. For that, you need the man with the ultimate street cred in the Jewish community, the Prime Minister of Israel. They know his imprimatur doesn’t come cheap. For him to say that what you’ve done is a “badge of honor,” you gotta deliver.

Obama made a cold political calculation in a no-win situation. His pro-Israel stance on the Palestine statehood question didn’t make him any friends in the rest of the world, but he was astute enough to remember that the rest of the world is not registered to vote in Florida.

So, he delivered.

Categories: 2012 Campaign (85), Barack Obama (172), Florida Issues (258), International (86), Local South Florida Issues (187), Middle East (28)
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Today's cartoon is a very sad comment on how our politics are hijacked by another
country. Why should the prime minister of any other state have an effect on the
way we vote in this country? David Cameron, leader of the ancestral English
speaking country, has no say in our domestic politics, nor should he. Nor should
the leaders of the more than one hundred countries of origin of the citizens of
these shores. We're all Americans now. From time to time, our national interests
diverge from those of all the countries our ancestors came from. No foreign
government should meddle in our politics, nor should we meddle in the politics of
other states.

Obama, tear down this wall

"...he was astute enough to remember that the rest of the world is not registered to vote in Florida.

So, he delivered."

So, what you're telling us then Chan, is that Obama made his decision based on what would more likely help his re-election campaign?

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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