US President Barack Obama will celebrate Passover Thursday night with staff and friends in what is believed to be the first White House Seder attended by an American president.
The event was slipped onto the president’s public schedule Tuesday night with little fanfare, following a letter signed by Obama earlier in the day wishing Americans who mark the day a “peaceful and relaxing holiday.”
Lest we get too excited, however, Obama will be hosting the second seder, traditionally known to be the more casual, more irreverent observance of the holiday. This is one of those times I really wish I lived inside the Beltway, just to try and get on the invitation list:
The guest list was not immediately available, though it is likely to include top Obama advisors David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel, both of whom are Jewish, as well as some of the key Jewish donors to Obama’s presidential campaign.
[Former leader of a staff seder in the Clinton White House, Steve] Rabinowitz said that though he hadn’t been invited, “I’m only sorry that I won’t be there to see the president and his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel say at the same time, ‘Once we were all slaves. Now we are all free.'”
I wonder if they’re going to do the 60 minute version, the two-minute version or would they like to purchase the rights to use my friend’s script, created by her three children, all under 10 years old?
There’s also my ten plagues version which they could just show on a big screen in the theater and literally do the one minute version:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azeuFh4cVfs
Chag sameach (and President, do NOT drink the Manischewitz – get the good stuff, and don’t eat too much matzah – really).
Cross-posted from Writes Like She Talks.