Daily Archives: April 8, 2009

Bush, Obama and a Media Double Standard by Gregory Hilton

Austria’s official language is German. There are some minority languages (Turkish, Serbian, etc) but there is no language called Austrian. President Obama did not know that. At his press conference in Strasbourg he said “I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for wheeling and dealing.” This was a minor error, but the media would have had a field day if the mistake had been made by George W. Bush.
President Obama is intelligent and articulate. His communications skills are outstanding, and everyone makes minor errors. My criticism is not directed at Obama but at the media double standard.
George W. Bush was discussing the NATO alliance 15 months before he entered the Oval Office. On October 23, 1999 he should have used the word “Greeks.” He instead said “We need to keep good relations with the Grecians.” We heard about it for the next 9 years. It was a staple on the Jon Stewart Daily Show and The Colbert Report. I doubt they will ever mention the Austrian language.
Bush is a graduate of Yale where he had a higher GPA than John Kerry. Bush also has an MBA from Harvard, and he is the only President to receive that distinction.
The comedians and cartoonists really miss Bush. A number of newspapers reprinted a story with the headline “Lovenstein Institute Reports George W. Bush has Lowest IQ of all Presidents.” The story appeared despite the fact that there is no Lovenstein Institute, and we do not have IQ data on all the Presidents.

The Biblical Teachings of Passover and Easter by Gregory Hilton

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it." They said to him, "Where will you have us prepare it?" He said to them, "Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters and tell the master of the house, 'The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there." And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover (Luke 22:7-13).
At sundown today, Jews across the world are gathering for a Seder dinner as a part of Passover. They are commemorating the flight of Hebrews from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. They left Egypt in the hope of a new life in a promised land. The universal message for Jews and Gentiles is the same. Resurrection life is available to all who trust in God and receive new life through His Son.
The biblical teachings of Passover and Easter are similar. The Last Supper was a Passover Seder. Jesus was with 11 of his disciples. He was introduced by John the Baptist who said “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29).The Christian celebration of Easter has its roots in Jewish tradition.
Many of the observations can be found in “Resurrection: The Power of God for Christians and Jews.” It was co-authored by two Harvard scholars, one Jewish and the other Catholic, and it is a superb treatment of a core belief in Judaism and Christianity — resurrection.
Passover, more than any other Jewish holiday, revolves around food. Upon arriving to Seder there is an hour or so of rituals and prayers before the celebrants eat. But Passover is about the food because the holiday commemorates and celebrates the freedom of the enslaved Israelites — a holiday about the Exodus and the subsequent discovery of the land of milk and honey, must be celebrated with extravagant culinary treasures that prompt feelings of prosperity. Moreover, because there are special dietary restrictions during the week of Passover (i.e. no unleavened bread) the restricted menu narrows the possible options, making every Seder similar in its culinary offerings.