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Obama Goofs Up on Hand-Over-Heart During Anthems

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President Barack Obama began chatting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as the Israeli Army band played The Star Spangled Banner at the welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport Wednesday before remembering to put his hand over his heart.

Netanyahu also turned to Obama with a few words beforehand, and it appeared that the two leaders would be gabbing with each other instead of standing quietly during the American National Anthem.

After Obama solemnly put his hand over his heart, he kept in there during the beginning of HaTikvah, a remarkable honor to a foreign country. However, after a few seconds, he remembered to remove his hand and stand at attention.

Afterwards, he shook hands with dozens of well-wishers, most of whom he probably does not even know, but his outgoing personality seemed to make everyone feel he was receiving a personal response.

The two chief Rabbis of Israel, Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger and Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar, also welcomed President Obama.

President Shimon Peres told Obama, “Welcome home.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

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  1. Stephen Flatow says:

    If you want people to take Jewishpress.com seriously, I respectfully suggest this story is not news but is just a silly post.

  2. If he disrespects the national anthem of the USA then you cannot expect him to respect any other.

  3. Marla Mai Conklin says:

    Makes you wonder….

  4. Don Mcglaun says:

    A silly post? Possibly, but it's certainly not alone in the 'silly post' column. However, for those of us that firmly believe Obama has no respect for America, this just bolsters our case!

  5. Cindy Napolitano says:

    Obama is 'out-of-practice'.

  6. Don Mcglaun says:

    so how can we impeach him and get him out all-together?

  7. Cindy Napolitano says:

    working on it, Don.

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