|Chanukah 2014 at the White House|
This is not the first time the President has hosted a clearly Jewish event at the White House. Nor is it the only Jewish Holiday he participated in. But this is the first one where there is tangible proof that he has worked quietly, diligently and successfully on our behalf.
Not because he wanted to win favor in our eyes. He doesn't really need our favor. But because he actually believes in what he did. And had his administration working on it until they achieved success.
I am of course referring to obtaining the release of Alan Gross, an observant Jew from captivity, And just in time for Chanukah no less. The President spoke of it in his remarks at this party calling it Pidyon Shevuyim. Rightfully so. Mr. Gross was unjustly imprisoned by Cuba and it was indeed a Mitzvah to do whatever we could to get him released. That is exactly what the President did. I salute the President and want to express my personal gratitude for this and for being a friend to the Jewish people. I defy anyone to view the video below and not be inspired.