Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Best Part Is When All the Kids Get Together and TP the Wailing Wall 

The culturally sensitive John McCain is in Israel burnishing his foreign-policy credentials, and given his unfortunate tendency to open his mouth every now and then, he is very lucky indeed to have an actual Jew on 24-hour call:
When McCain made a foreign policy gaffe in Jordan on Tuesday, it was Sen. Joe Lieberman who quietly pointed out the mistake, giving McCain an opportunity to correct himself in front of the international press corps. In Israel yesterday, NBC’s Lauren Appelbaum reports, Lieberman once again intervened when McCain made an incorrect reference about the Jewish holiday Purim -- by calling the holiday "their version of Halloween here" . . . .

Purim is not the equivalent of an Israeli Halloween, Appelbaum notes. The holiday -- although a joyous one -- commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from mass execution. When Sen. Lieberman had a chance to speak at the press conference, he placed the blame of the mistake on himself. "I had a brief exchange with one of the mothers whose children was in there in a costume for Purim," Lieberman, who is Jewish and celebrates the holiday, said. "And it's my fault that I said to Senator McCain that this is the Israeli version of Halloween. It is in the sense because the kids dress up and it's a very happy holiday and actually it is in the sense that the sweets are very important of both holidays."

"Could I just say that I understand this is the holiday of Hadassah, otherwise known as Esther," McCain later said. Those in attendance quickly made light of the mistake.
Forget it! Nothing a few extra billion in military aid can't patch up there, Slick!

Next on the itinerary: candidate McCain drops in on Gen. Pervez Musharraf and offers to help him trim the Ramadan tree.

UPDATE: Latest from McCain: "I MEANT to say that!"

DATELINE 2010: "I take full responsibility for the unfortunate nuclear exchange," said new President Joe Lieberman from an undisclosed location believed to be several miles underneath the Rockies. "I told the late President that if he wet the bed again, he should press the red button so the cute night nurse would come and sponge him off.

"I thought he knew I was kidding. I mean, I told him the same joke two weeks ago and it just cracked him up."

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