Thursday, December 09, 2004
The President Remembers the Maccabees
In 2001 President Bush presided over the first menorah lighting in the White House, a tradition he has continued annually since. Here are some of his remarks this year:
THE PRESIDENT: Welcome, everybody, to the White House. Hanukkah is a festive holiday that celebrates a great victory for freedom. We remember the liberation of Jerusalem and a miracle witnessed in the holy temple 2,000 years ago. For eight days the oil burned, and the light of freedom still burns in Jewish homes and synagogues everywhere.I truly believe that President Bush has a genuine affection for Jews, an affection that is clearly not motivated purely by politics. (Only about a quarter of American Jews voted for him this year.) I believe that some of this fondness is informed by his faith as a Christian. I'm very grateful to him and can't fathom the suspicion and dislike of many of my co-religionists.