I'm back from Jordan (more on that later) and I opened up my e-mail to find this note:

Dear Mr. Goldberg,

We read your article about Obama and Hamas. Our question is: Do you feel Obama is a friend of Hamas. As a Jew, are you comfortable with his responses and feel he will be a friend to Israel?
Your answer will be responsible for 5 Chicago votes.



They never told me at Blog School that I would have such awesome responsibilities foisted upon me.

But, let me give it a stab here:

No, Obama is not a friend of Hamas. As a Jew, I'm comfortable with his responses. Yes, I feel he will be a friend to Israel.

Actually, and I'm going to blog about this later, after I recover from jet-lag, which usually takes me about eight or nine weeks, I think Obama's performance at AIPAC was designed specifically to placate those Jews who believe that any criticism at all of Israel is illegitimate. I wish that Obama's speech had about ten percent more nuance in it.

Also, and I know it's none of my business, but my new friends from Chicago should consider voting on a more expansive range of issues than simply Hamas.

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