Photo from whitehouse.gov.
Surrounded by Chabad rabbis, President George W. Bush signs a presidential proclamation Tuesday, April 15, 2008, in honor of Wednesday’s Education and Sharing Day, highlighting the important work of the Chabad Lubavitch movement. The Chabad Lubavitch movement promotes global education, and since 1978, every president has signed an Education and Sharing Day proclamation. (White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.)
Doesn’t quite do the photo justice.
Some other captions I came up with:
- “If I sign this, does this mean you’ll stop kvetching?”
- “Oy vey, the president is such a schlemiel. He doesn’t even realize that he’s making Tzom Gedaliah a national holiday!”
- “So I’ll sign right here, and then you’ll ship me the hat and jacket?”
- “Dear Diary, I met some new people today. They are absolutely nuts. Oh, whoops, they’re still here!”
- “Hahaha. They’ll never understand what I’m writing. I’m writing from left to right, so they’ll never be able to decipher it.”
- “Come on, Mr. President! Sign it already! We are waiting! We have been waiting for years! Always waiting!”
- “Oy. The mashiach will come and go three more times before the Bush presidency is over.” (The Chabadniks believe the messiah has already come, that it was The Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson.)
From my dad:
- “If we stand here long enough, he won’t be able to get away from the desk and declare any more wars.”
- “Hey, Moishe, who’s the guy without the hat?”
- “Purim 2008: U.S. President Rabbi Chaim Moskowitz (standing, in black coat and black hat) yuks it up as he and several members of the Cabinet take part in the annual White House Purim Spiel. In this skit, their deadpan stances nearly convince a skeptical audience that someone as dumb as that goy with the gray hair could actually be president.”
- “President Bush signs an appropriation of $10 million to purchase new uniforms for supporters of Loius Farakhan. Behind the president, recently enrolled members of Farakhan’s organization model the new uniforms purchased by the federal government.”
- “Signaling a new era of creativity in his administration, President George Bush signs an agreement with the Union of Orthodox Rabbis. Their beards will be used as emergency housing by FEMA in the event of another flood in New Orleans, provided that the flood lasts 40 days and 40 nights.”
What would you caption the photo?
And in case you haven’t had enough of Jews and presidents (or wannabe presidents), here’s another photo from the week:
Photo from msnbc.com.
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., addresses Jewish community leaders Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia. (AP Photo.)
- “After complaints from congregants, the leadership at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia decided to bring in an outside speaker to deliver the Yom Kippur Appeal.”