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Obama Has Israel’s Back? Color Me Skeptical

Posted: March 25, 2013 at 4:42 am   /   by

In his trip to Israel last week, President Obama famously said:

“We have your back.”

Sounds good, no?  Well, we’ll see.  Obama is a master at rhetorical flourishes that later turn out to just that and nothing more.

For example, consider these famous Barack Obama lines:

1. On February 24, 2009, in a speech to Congress, Barack Obama said:

“I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan … not because I believe in bigger government — I don’t.”

2. On September 14, 2009, in a speech on financial rescue and reform, President Obama said:

“I have always been a strong believer in the power of the free market.”

3. On April 19th, 2011, at a Facebook Town Hall, the President said:

“If we keep on spending more than we take in, it’s going to cause serious damage to our economy.”

That’s the full set — the three core tenets of the Tea Party Movement!

1.  Limited Government
2.  Free Markets
3.  Fiscal Responsibility

Does that make Barack Obama a Tea Party conservative?  Hardly.  His behavior belies all three of his pronouncements.

So, does “We have your back” make Obama an Israel supporter?  I’m sure he’d like some folks to think so.  And this would be a good place to start saying what he means and meaning what he says.  We can always hope.

However, based on history, I’m skeptical.  I’d say let’s just wait and see.

David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 45 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for in 2011.
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