Barack Obama Will Visit Dallas' Temple Emanu-El Wednesday to Praise Obamacare Volunteers

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Give Barack Obama some credit. Rather than simply barricade himself inside the mansions of a pair of elite lawyers to gladhand with deep-pocketed Democratic donors, as was the initial plan for his trip to Dallas this week, and rather than holing himself in some White House bunker and pray that the "tech surge" will fix Healthcare.gov, the president will poke his head above ground to praise the folks on the ground working tirelessly to make the full rollout of Obamacare something other than an unmitigated disaster.

So Temple Emanu-El Rabbi David Stern announced in an email to congregants on Sunday evening. Obama, he said, will visit the North Dallas temple on Sunday afternoon "to highlight the important work done by Dallas Area Interfaith and faith-based organizations on health insurance education and enrollment."

Three weeks ago, Stern notes, Emanu-El played host to a kickoff event attended by 300 volunteers working to help Dallas County's mass of uninsured families and individuals obtain health coverage.

See also: More Than 300,000 People in Dallas County Would Get Health Insurance Under Obamacare, But Not In Rick Perry's Texas

"[T]he foundation for this event has been the vital work we have tirelessly done in social justice over many years," Stern writes. "With our Dallas Area Interfaith partners, Temple members have advocated for Medicaid expansion and created the Durable Medical Exchange of Dallas, along with our most recent efforts to educate citizens for health care under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. More than that hosting a sitting president for the first time is a culmination of Temple's distinguished legacy as a leader in social justice in Dallas."

As The Dallas Morning News' Todd Gilman notes, the event also benefits the president, giving his Dallas fundraising jaunt the imprimatur of official business, meaning taxpayers, and not Democratic donors, will get to foot the bill.


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Catbird
Catbird

There isn't much to say about the President that hasn't already been said millions of times. What is absolutely confounding to me is that there actually exists a significant group of Texans who would honor this man in any way.

It isn't him, it's us.

Obummer
Obummer

Yo awww sh*t, at our expense our chief bully iz coming ta Dallas.

ruddski
ruddski

Since we are alk supposed to do sonething (drop a dime) when we see something we don't like (anti-Obamanism), should someone report Scott in Dallas for his rabid pro-palestinian rants? looks like he could blow up at any minute.

ruddski
ruddski

Only 34 posts in reaction to the fuckup of the century, that directly affects readership of UP. But if Glenn Beck sneezes, it's outrage, mocking, disgust, horror and hatred in dozens and dozens of posts. Funny.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Obama comes to Dallas to sell 3,000 plus page legislation that appears unadministerable and it generates a rant about Zionism and Palestinians?

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

Now if we could just get Owebama to ride down Elm Street in a convertible...

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

I am not going to read the comments....but going to guess that out of 18 at this point......about 14 are bashing and 3 extreme bashing, one that is subtle racist and this one.

NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

Health insurance education..

I think he means indoctrination. 

dingo
dingo

The president is going to recommend that all Americans download their free copy of PCMatic to fix the slow and frozen healthcare.gov.


Wow! That was easy!

James080
James080

Now that the president has fixed the national health insurance problem, I can't wait to see what magic he'll do with immigration reform.

TexMarine
TexMarine

Only two 1% parties?  Support is shrinking.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Public service announcement should read - stay off the roads, Obama is coming to town AND its going to be raining.

scerinjen3
scerinjen3

And as an added bonus Emanu-El members will get an Obamacare exemption! Just a little 'thank you" from the POTUS. 

Couldn't we have just tried allowing people to shop across state lines before we went to this ridiculousness?  

jdmurphy617
jdmurphy617

"Obama, he said, will visit the North Dallas temple on Sunday afternoon "to highlight the important work done by Dallas Area Interfaith and faith-based organizations on health insurance education and enrollment."

I THINK you mean WEDNESDAY afternoon is when POTUS will visit ..

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

My kid goes to pre-school there, so I'll have him bribe the secret service with his Sunkist fruit-flavored snacks and report back. And yes, NSA agents reading this, I'm joking. OR AM I?

ruddski
ruddski

Maybe he'll finally give the speech that will fix this signature disaster. Maybe he won't lie his ass off this time, and let Secretary What's-her-name carry the torch of pure bullshit.

noah.kutchin
noah.kutchin

You're actually stereotyping a Palestinian which you really shouldn't do. You're the first person on here to suggest a Palestinian blows things up. That's just what they do apparently?

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@ruddski When our current crop of elected overlords (Dem and Repub) bankrupt the country Scotty and the rest of us will have something closer to home to worry about.

ruddski
ruddski

Pro-Muslim/Palestinian folks are much like those they champion. Sound, fury, etc.

lala_jean43
lala_jean43

@TeaBaggingJesus   And your Name says it all !!  Do you even know what the TERM TEABAGGING MEANS...   SO YOUR SAYING YOU WOULD DO THAT TO JESUS !!

ruddski
ruddski

liberals hate talk show hosts that mock them much more than the superior politicians who screw them.

scerinjen3
scerinjen3

He won't need magic on that one James - he's got key Republicans ready to cave thinking they're courting Hispanics, so get ready for nothing short of blanket amnesty.  Todo esta perdido.    

noah.kutchin
noah.kutchin

Tone for the win, I'll be here at work to help with the snack bribery. sunkist and fruit roll ups. Got it. Dear NSA/Secret Service, what is his favorite flavor of said fruit roll ups? Thanks in advance.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@joe.tone Perhaps this Zionism that you bow to (worshiping a Golden Calf) is indeed what has kept you and your predecessor Wilonsky from simply sending a photographer to the Eid prayer service held in the convention center.   It's the most diverse, cosmopolitan gathering in the city each year.  But, you guys would rather allow people to believe a vicious caricature of Muslims.  Your liberalism only goes so far, I guess.   Democracy or theocracy, Israel can't claim both for long.  You'll hide this as long as you can.  Sharon and Barak have said as much. 
 You guys are closet religious fundamentalists, who love making fun of other fundamentalists.  Supremacy is an ugly belief, whoever engages in it.  Even for Jews

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@joe.tone the Rabbi spit in my face when I went to talk to him and suggested that Palestinans are people too.  You know, the Rabbi Hillel interpretation of the Talmud.  Belligerent supremacist supports the genocide celebrated in Joshua.  Nothing moderate there.   at

I went to the Mosque and suggested the Palestinians, though living under tyranny must reject violence, as that plays into the occupiers.  He agreed.  

Tell me, which is the fair offer from Israel?    FMEP.org/maps--all the offers are there, which is generous or fair? 

ruddski
ruddski

They throw rocks at gays, and they detest American liberals, but sincce they are oppressed and discarded by wealthy Muslim neighbors, we should overlook all that and go after those damn. jews.

ruddski
ruddski

We are bankrupt, amigo.

ruddski
ruddski

Hey noah, Obana's brownshirts already monitor this and other venues for negative comments about Dear Leader. But maybe you'll get a waiver from Obanacare for sucking up.

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

@lala_jean43 @TeaBaggingJesus Lala Jean....Now don't be so silly.  That would be disgusting and vile.

What I mean is that I would allow him to do that to me and allow ruddski to watch if I thought it would bring a smile to his heart.   

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

@ruddski So glad to get a chance to respond to you my little man child.

And what a great comment coming from a man who spews nothing but hate and does some with such incredible speed.  The list of groups that you have bashed on this site leaves only one group for you to love, which is old Jewish white men.   While I feel you pain for being a jaded and bitter non-entity, I do think there is still time in your life to find some happiness.  Have you ever thought of adopting a cat or dog?  They give such unconditional love and my thought is that if you could experience that once in your life, then you might not have to spend your days cyber hoarding hate. 

If nothing else, try a dildo. 

noah.kutchin
noah.kutchin

No I dislike Boehner. I very much dislike Ted Cruz, my elected official, and Beck, Rush, etc are just annoying gnats.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@scottindallas

"the Rabbi spit in my face"? I have a very hard time believing that David Stern, the senior Rabbi at Emanu-El quoted above and a member of National Interreligious Leadership Delegation for Peace in the Middle East, which includes as member 9 Muslim leaders,  http://old.usccb.org/sdwp/international/delegation.shtml
and who has been in the forefront of efforts to forge communication and dialogue with Muslim goups in DFW, would "spit in [your] face.

Care to explain your questionable comment?

ruddski
ruddski

Your idea of "threatening" shows you don't like or don't know muech about the 1st amendment. Do you believe the FBI will take you any more seriously than I do?

noah.kutchin
noah.kutchin

Hey ruddski, I'm well aware of these "brownshirts." I could care less if it was Reagan, threatening the POTUS will get you called out on a convo thread. We all see Edward Snowden on the news meaning society now thinks we're cyber monitored 24/7. Thanks for letting me know someone looks for these types of comments. NO CLUE!

ruddski
ruddski

I fucking hate Old Jewish white men.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@mavdog @scottindallas Wasn't David Stern, but short dark haired fellow.   There exists among many Jews a very strong sense that they are our superiors.  Supremacy is nasty, as it encourages people to think others are less than.  Rabbi Ovideah, said, goy are our chattel, exist to serve Jews.  That's an interpretation of the Torah, but hardly one that's acceptable in our day and time.  There are other more charitable readings, (the same freedom to interpret is inherent in all faiths, we have to aim to the higher lights not the selfish, self-serving interpretations.)

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

" The term taqiyya does not exist in Sunni jurisprudence. In the Sunni view, denying faith under duress is "only at most permitted and not under all circumstances obligatory".[4] However, there are examples of practicing taqiyya among Sunnis where it was necessary" 

From your link, again, you're talking out of your ass

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@pak152 @scottindallas @joe.tone no, that only allows one to lie under threat of death. But, that's all part of the lies that obscures reality and panders to our won superiority complex. 

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