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On Trusting the President

On Trusting the President

Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

The caption below this image on the White House website reads:

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia in the Oval Office, March 1, 2013. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken listen at right.

The question is, of course, how do we know the caption is not a lie? It could just as easily have read:

President Barack Obama orders pizza and ice cream from Pizzeria Paradiso on M St., which he intends to eat all by himself while National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken are forced to watch.

And how do we even know that the man sitting with his back to us is Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken? Again, it’s all based on trust.

Here’s President Obama supposedly talking to Egypt’s President Mursi.

Photo by Pete Souza/The White House

Photo by Pete Souza/The White House

And here’s the president, with first lady Michelle Obama looking on, speaking with the father of Jessica Buchanan, an American aid worker who was rescued from Somali pirates after being held for three months.

I’ll bet she could go for pizza and ice cream.

Photo by Pete Souza/The White House

Photo by Pete Souza/The White House

 

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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