Thursday, May 03, 2012

Obama Praises Nazi Sympathizer in Honor of Jewish-American Heritage Month

In yet another gaffe, President Barack Obama, in a "Presidential Proclamation" about Jewish-American Heritage Month, yesterday praised Nazi sympathizer Gertrude Stein. In the release, the President originally wrote:
“Their history of unbroken perseverance and their belief in tomorrow’s promise offers a lesson not only to Jewish Americans, but to all Americans. From Aaron Copland to Albert Einstein, Gertrude Stein to Justice Louis Brandeis.”
Stein is known for being a famous Jewish-American writer. However, in a 1934 interview, Stein argued vigorously for Adolf Hitler to win the Nobel Peace Prize, saying:
"I say that Hitler ought to have the peace prize, because he is removing all the elements of contest and of struggle from Germany. By driving out the Jews and the democratic and Left element, he is driving out everything that conduces to activity. That means peace ... By suppressing Jews ... he was ending struggle in Germany."
Stein also wrote positively of Hitler in 1940, comparing him favorably to George Washington.

The White House has quickly edited their release, taking out the latter sentence in its entirety.  The paragraph now begins:
Their history of unbroken perseverance and their belief in tomorrow's promise offers a lesson not only to Jewish Americans, but to all Americans. Generations of Jewish Americans have brought to bear some of our country's greatest achievements.
A Presidential spokesperson blamed the inclusion a Nazi-sympathizer in a speech about Jewish-American Heritage Month on sending out a copy of the speech too soon.
President Obama
No explanation as to why Mr. Obama was praising someone who was pro-fascism in the first place was given.

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  1. In Stein's book: "Wars I Have Seen" she likens the Nazis to Keystone Cops.

    1. Yup, that totally makes up for comparing Adolf Hitler to George Washington

  2. Why her name would even come to mind in that context is baffling.

  3. Her name came most likely because they weren't sure of the spelling of Himmler or Goebbles.

  4. Stein was a life-long conservative Republican and vocal critic of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal. She supported Hitler (prior to the war) because of his right wing views and his union opposition. –> I’m thinking she would belong to the Tea Party if she was alive today.

    1. Guilt by association. Genius and totally not a logical fallacy whatsoever. Is that really the best you brain-dead liberals can do?