**Guest Post by TAM Shifra**

Shifra’s message to Obama involves stuffing phone booths, fainting women, and those Wascally Wepublicans. I suggest he pay attention 😉


Dear Mr. President,

I am writing to offer you my sincere apology. You see, a while back, when I heard that you had compared yourself to FDR, I laughed. Really ROFL. It just seemed so far-fetched, a real stretch. But, really, what did I know about Roosevelt? Just something about “nothing to fear but fear itself.” And a picture in my elementary school American history book, of a bunch of old guys in black robes that I used to stare at when I got really bored in class. Underneath the picture, the caption read: “Roosevelt’s ‘court-packing.’” Honestly, I had no idea what they were talking about. I thought it was like telephone booth-packing that the older kids were doing, back in the day.

But here’s the thing: I recently started reading up on FDR, and I started to see some really nifty comparisons

between the two of you. Yup, they just sort of jumped off the pages! So now, as a token of my sincere regret at having mocked and belittled you, I would like to offer several comparisons between you and FDR that I’m sure you will appreciate:

Calm demeanor
You know how people admire your cool, detached demeanor? No-drama Obama, they call you. Same thing with FDR! As a matter of fact, a few weeks before FDR’s Inauguration, a nut job pulled a gun on him, and missed. Five people, though, were hit. The most seriously injured was Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak, who sustained a stomach wound. Roosevelt calmly assured the crowd that he was unharmed, and then he rode with Cermak to the hospital. Medical staff credited FDR with preventing the mayor from going into shock, and Raymond Moley, one of FDR’s advisers, later wrote of the incident, “I have never seen anything more magnificent than Roosevelt’s calm.”

You, too, Mr. President, saved a life. It was at a campaign rally. A woman fainted. You calmly stopped your speech. You asked everyone to give her some space. You even offered her some water. It was breathtaking to watch. And at the next rally, same thing happened. I lost count, though; was it four, or five lives that you saved? Bravo, Mr. President.

Supreme Court Hissy Fits
After FDR’s Administration lost the Schechter Poultry Corp vs. United States case (aka The Sick Chicken Case), FDR had a *fit.* He was really mad at the Supremes. He told some reporters that the Supreme Court interpretation of the Commerce Clause was taking the country back to the “horse and buggy” era. Then he called them “the nine old men.” Ouch, that’s gonna leave a mark.

You, too, were mad at the Supreme Court, for their campaign finance decision in ’09. But instead of making a statement, say, at a presser, you waited until they were your guests at your State of the Union speech. Then, you berated them, with the Dems jumping up and cheering you on, while the Justices had to sit, stone-faced, and “take it.” You really embarrassed them. Very classy, Mr. President!

The Constitution
It must be really tough being a Progressive POTUS. I mean, you have all these really *swell* ideas about running the country, and then the Conservatives start shoving that pesky Constitution in your face. Yup, in FDR’s time the Constitution stopped some of FDR’s brilliant plans, like the government controlling the U.S. economy. And now, with ObamaCare, the Conservatives are trying to pull that same “It’s a Violation of the Constitution” schtick on you. As Sen. William Edgar Borah (R-Idaho) said after the 9-0 Schechter SC case decision, “We live under a written Constitution…fortunate or unfortunate, it is a fact.” Or, as Elmer Fudd famously said, “Those Wascally Wepublicans!”

Jewish Voters
American Jews really loved and revered FDR. They loved him so much that, after the Schechter brothers won their SC case, their business lost most of their customer base. It seems Jewish customers were upset that the Schechters had dared to oppose their beloved FDR. Unbelievable, but true.

And Jewish Dem/Lib/Leftist voters really love you, too. They have that far-away, “pass the Kool-Aid” kind of look. Oh, btw, you know who are your biggest fans? Jews from the former Soviet Union. They risked *everything* to escape the Commies, but you know how it is, moving to another country. Sometimes, you just get nostalgic for the homeland. And with your socialist/Marxist agenda, it just makes them feel right at home here in the U.S. of A. Why, just the other day, I got into a political discussion with my Russian Jewish shoemaker. As soon as I mentioned your name, he got all excited, and started screaming, “I *spit* on all the stupid Liberal Jews who voted for ….” Oh wait, this may not be the best example. But, anyway, on their behalf, thank you, Mr. President.

And while we are on the subject of Jews, thanks so much for that *fab* not-really-on-Chanukah party, held two weeks before the holiday. Jews around the country were thrilled! I mean, we all ran around, channeling Sally Field (“POTUS loves us. He really, really loves us!!!”) And that clip we saw of your welcoming remarks: you were simultaneously smug, condescending *and* bored. Very impressive! And your comment “We never need an excuse to have a party” really added to the significance of the gathering. Very clever, Mr. President.

Anyway, since I am doing all this comparing stuff, here is another clip of a Chanukah party (actually took place *on* Chanukah, what a concept!), at City Hall in Newark, New Jersey. It was hosted by Mayor Cory Booker. He is a Democrat, just like you. He is African/American, just like you. He is an Ivy League law school graduate, just like you. He is a Christian, just like….um…well…. whatever. But, unlike you, he seemed so… sincere. He spoke without notes, without a teleprompter, and he spoke from the heart. I guess Mr. Booker has a lot to learn from you.

Hmm. On second thought, maybe *you* should be taking notes. Just a suggestion, Mr. President.


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  1. LJZumpano says:

    I for one would like to see a one on one between our Shifra and BHO!! Very nicely done Shifra and I would add additional remarks, but I want to go back and read it again!!!

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  3. Trish S says:

    Excellent post, Shifra! Student are taught in jr. high here that FDR was a hero, and so is the DB! Look, another similarity:)

  4. Chuck says:

    Awesome, Shifra.

  5. Timbo says:

    Saluting Shifra….

  6. Maynard says:

    Very nice, Shifra. But I’d say Obama has more in common with Ronald Reagan than FDR. Think about it. Both Reagan and Obama came to office intent to do battle with a powerful evil enemy. And both Reagan and Obama, against all expectations, brought that enemy to its knees. And, unlike FDR who took us into a shooting war, Reagan and Obama achieved their victory without firing a shot. Rather, they both simply drove their enemy into bankruptcy. So don’t tell me Obama’s not like Reagan.

  7. archangel61 says:

    Really enjoyed this post, Shifra! I really like your style!

  8. rtthorne says:

    Job well done, Shif!

  9. Kat says:

    CONGRATS and BRAVA Shifra! I knew this was going to happen after your first guest post! You write a great post, TAMS read it and love it! Then write our praise to you! It started a vicious vicious cycle! LOL!!! I’m sure you know I love ya and your posts! 😀
    How about a weekly post? You can call it “The Chutzpah According To Shifra”!

  10. jmm says:

    Shifra you are a GENIUS! I agree with Kat how about a weekly post or we might settle for a monthly post.

    Catholics have been drinking the Kool-Aid too. I can point my finger because im one of them but i didnt drink the Kool-Aid. They have bought into the Dems for years because they somehow confused Democratic welfare program with charity. Now they have a Dem President that that has just lied to them about the contraception law and has basically flipped them off. Lets see if they are still willing to drink the Kool-Aid in November.

  11. LucyLadley says:

    Thank you Shifra for the insight & historical research. That historical background is something American’s should always review. I like the imagery of the Jewish immigrants & why they historically have voted they way they have. My favorite part of your post was the story about the Jewish shoemaker. I’d like to meet him someday. He is a Great Hardworking American that appreciates our country. Please tell him is is an honorary TAM, even if he is not officially a TAM “yet”. You, Shifra & your shoemaker are leaders, and we thank you!

  12. icecream2kitty says:

    Way to go! Me likey! 🙂

  13. naga5 says:

    very well done!

  14. Palin_Posse says:

    Finally had time to sit and actually absorb this, Shifra. Wonderfully and cleverly composed and a fabulous read. Great job! Take that DB!

  15. Shifra says:

    Thanks, TAMS, for your comments. Very much appreciate each one. But truth be told, the Libs are so ridiculous (DB, Pelosi, Soledad, et. al.) that the jokes practically write themselves. So, this is what I am worried about: What if the Republicans take the WH, Senate *and* House ??? Then, alas, no more funny 🙂

  16. houstongracie says:

    BRAVO!! Shifra, yet again what a fabulous post!!! Keep writing!!! BTW, don’t forget Soledad has now been dubbed “saladhead”. טײַער חבֿרטע

  17. imacat says:

    Great stuff, Shifra! And don’t worry, even if/when Republicans take over, there will undoubtedly still be plenty to write about, humorously or otherwise.

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