Fw: Hanukkah Party #2 pool report

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Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 08:24 PM
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Subject: Hanukkah Party #2 pool report

President Obama and the First Lady made their second Hanukkah Party appearance of the day at around 7:30 p.m. The evening party was attended by three Supreme Court Justices: Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Stephen Breyer and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who Obama noted is "also known as the 'Notorious RBG."

He briefly told the Hanukkah story and then introduced his special guests Manny Lindenbaum, 81, and his granddaughter Lauren who would light the candles. Just as earlier in the day at the event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment ending slavery, Obama's remarks seemed to offer a subtle rebuke to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

The blessing over the menorah was led by Rabbi Sid Schwarz who was even more explicit in his criticism of  Trump's calls to ban Muslim immigrants. Schwarz said both of his parents fled Europe ahead of the Nazis. His father fled at 16 and then returned to Europe five years later to fight the Nazis, he said.

"At a time when we hear the most shameful expressions of bigotry in our public discourse from prominent personalities we must rededicate ourselves to the principles of tolerance and justice, something that you Mr. President have modeled throughout your presidency," said Schwarz.

The president left the party a little after 8 p.m. and the White House announced a lid for the day.

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