Miracle of miracles, Obama said, people thought his presidency would last only a year, but it lasted 8 years.
Nes Gadol Haya PO! he exclaimed.
POTUS Barack Obama – along with the JLOTUS (Jewish Liaison of The United States) hosted an early Hanukkah Party this afternoon. A stream of the afternoon event can be seen below.
The President quoted from Isaiah and Elie Wiesel (Hanukkah in Auschwitz? Hanukkah ESPECIALLY in Auschwitz).
The menorah that Obama lit was made by Eli Wiesel’s granddaughter, who made it when she was in Kindergarten. Wiesel’s granddaughter corrected the President in mid-speech, just as Elie had done. A menorah is treasured not because it was made of silver or gold, but because it was made by a young girl who survived and endured.
KOLEINU, Princeton’s a capella Jewish singing group, performed at the party. As POTUS Obama said, Koleinu might be the next best thing to come out of Princeton since… his wife, Michelle. Maybe Modern Family actor @Nolan_Gould (Luke) – who was present at the party – could be enticed to apply to Princeton.
Rabbi Steven Exler of the Bronx (Riverdale), 36, spoke at the afternoon event. Exler descends from over seven generations of rabbis. he is the senior rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale-The Bayit and a graduate of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School
NEWLY ADDED…. THE EVENING HANUKKAH PARTY featuring 613, POTUS Obama and Michelle, Sec of Treasury Jack Lew, US Trade Rep and former BBYO President Mike Froman, SCOTUS Justice Breyer, Justice Ginsburg, DC Circuit Judge Merrick Garland