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watch it: “Feeling the Hate In Jerusalem on Eve of Obama’s Cairo Address” (NSFW)

Ah, the lovely collection of ignorance, bigotry, and brainless vulgarity on proud display:

How did this video come about? Blogger Max Blumenthal explains:

On the eve of President Barack Obama’s address to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt, I stepped out onto the streets of Jerusalem with my friend Joseph Dana to interview young Israelis and American Jews about their reaction to the speech. We encountered rowdy groups of beer sodden twenty-somethings, many from the United States, and all eager to vent their visceral, even violent hatred of Barack Obama and his policies towards Israel. Usually I offer a brief commentary on my video reports, but this one requires no comment at all. Quite simply, it contains some of the most shocking footage I have ever filmed. Watch it and see if you agree. (Warning: this video contains profanity and material offensive to just about anyone.)



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  • AJP

    So, after eight years of calling the U.S. president an idiot, the left is shocked that their golden child is given the same treatment. I can’t express how unsurprised I am by any of this.

  • JoshB

    I love the political science major in Israel who doesn’t know who “Benjamin Yahoo” is.

  • Dave

    Gee — someone went trolling for trolls and caught some drunk ones, film at eleven. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to find louts, regardless of your political aim.

    I’m certain that Obama’s attempt to juxtapose the Holocaust with the Palestinian’s woes didn’t help the reasonableness of the exchange.

  • MaryAnn

    So, after eight years of calling the U.S. president an idiot, the left is shocked that their golden child is given the same treatment. I can’t express how unsurprised I am by any of this.

    Yeah, cuz calling someone an idiot is exactly the same thing that’s going on here…

  • Alli

    Did that kid really just call Obama a Nazi? It makes me sick for intelligent 18-year-olds everywhere. And that poor, drunk Political Science major. I bet she hates herself now. Sigh.

  • Nathan

    Infuriating and cringe-inducing, but it’s propaganda. To take the worst comments you can find — made by drunk young people, no less — and put them in a video and distribute it on the youtubes is a little disingenuous.

  • AJP

    Sure it is the same. The language used to describe Obama in the video is probably somewhat tame compared to the invectives hurled at Bush the last eight years – it was almost routine for his critics to call him a Nazi f***head. You just don’t see it that way because you are completely in Obama’s corner, expressing shock that anyone could use that sort of language to describe him. Because Bush deserved the ridicule and Obama doesn’t, because he’s super smart.

    The simple fact is that every President in my lifetime has been lambasted by his foes, and each one is attacked in more vulgar and crass ways. Each side sees the opposition as a horrible irredeemable monster. Right now its the Democrats in power, so their poster child gets the vitriol. The only real difference between the two sides is the shock expressed by the left when their guy is the target, while the right generally seems to just ignore it.

  • Mathias

    All these Jews are angry at Obama just because he’s recognizing that both sides have made considerable mistakes in this 60 year conflict. They’re used to being able to get away with a lot (i.e. Jewish settelments in the West Bank and the conservative leaders’ refusal to take part in a 2 state solution) and don’t like that Obama’s equally calling out both sides to step up to the plate.

    I believe that in order for the U.S. to play a constructive part in the creation a 2 state solution and hopefully end this, the U.S. must be like an impartial umpire and not proudly backing one side. Equally and fairly handing out the carrot and the stick to both sides.

    And that was the entire reason why Obama went to Eygpt and wanted to communicate to the Musilm world. He’s not like Bush. He sees that the only way to end this is to make the extremists on both sides angry at him and appeal to the moderates on both sides. Compromise is not a word these kids wanted to hear.

  • JoshB

    it was almost routine for his critics to call him a Nazi f***head.

    Ummm…some of these kids were calling Obama a nigger (nigger still beats nazi on the offensiveness scale by a wide margin). Which, yeah, not a surprise that some people think that, but to actually say it in public in front of a stranger with a camera is a bit of a surprise.

    Also, MaryAnn has not been completely in Obama’s corner. If you think that then you haven’t been paying attention to her political coverage.

  • MaryAnn

    You just don’t see it that way because you are completely in Obama’s corner

    Huh? No, I’m not. Not at all. In fact, I’m pretty damned pissed that he’s moving to the right on everything, when he was barely left of center to start with.

    Did you just assume that I’m “completely in Obama’s corner” because you see everything as partisan kneejerkery?

    Ah, but forgive me: Calling someone “nigger” who “deserves to get shot” is now considered “ridicule.” I was not informed of this. “White power”? Yes, I see the ridicule. Ha-ha.

  • Dave

    Like I said, you go trolling for trolls amongst the drunks, it takes *ZERO* effort to find someone to say something stupid, crude or socially unacceptable.

    That said, if a “journalist” was to go to the local ghetto, find a bar blaring gangsta rap, find a few thugs tipping back fo’ties and got them to say equally crude or socially unacceptable comments, would you take this presentation as a serious view of reality or as just a bit of pseudo-journalistic baiting — a hack cherry-picking his sample to obtain a desired outcome?

  • AJP

    It isn’t hard to find screaming idiots on the left who called for Bush to be killed:

    http://groups.google.com/group/alt.politics.bush/browse_thread/thread/eb6d363013b2a8af?pli=1

    http://spursreport.com/forums/hardball-politics/66190-group-rage-against-machine-states-bush-should-hung-shot.html

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1641882/posts

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/kilborn1.html

    That took all of about six seconds. Like I said, every President in my lifetime has been attacked by the opposition, and each election cycle, the attacks get more vitriolic and vicious. The only new element here is all the hand-wringing the left is doing because the chickens have come home to roost.

  • Alli

    So AJP, we’re not allowed to be distrubed by these comments because other Presidents have been insulted similarly in the past? You mean we’re not allowed to call these kids drunken buffoons because drunk liberal college kids did the same thing? Weird.

  • AJP

    It isn’t that this is appropriate or desirable, it is that it has become de rigeur, and the hand-wringing being expressed by the left over stuff like this is so entirely hypocritical. It was okay when it was done to Bush, but now, well now it is “some of the most shocking footage”. (Granted, it is supposed to be some of the most shocking footage that Blumenthal ever filmed, but that’s not much comfort).

    Of course, there’s also the point that you can pretty much guarantee that if you go out on the street with a video camera, you will be able to find someone saying almost any dumb thing you can think of. Leno proved that time and again with his “man on the street” interviews, as did these guys, who got a bunch of women students at an all-female school to come out in favor of ending women’s sufferage:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uPcthZL2RE

    Anyone who is shocked by the Blumenthal video either simply hasn’t been paying attention to the last twenty or so years of U.S. politics, or is simply deluding themselves as to the virtuous nature of their side.

  • JoshB

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uPcthZL2RE

    Hehe, one of my favorites.

    Anyone who is shocked by the Blumenthal video either simply hasn’t been paying attention

    Again, it’s shocking (sort of, I’m not really shocked so much as amused) mainly because of the use of the terms “nigger” and “white power.” If you can grab a camera, walk into a major American city and get people to shout the word nigger in a crowded street I’ll be very surprised.

    These folks thought they could get away with it because they were on the other side of the planet. It’s the same feeling of safety that allows people to use that word on the internet, (especially in online gaming – play some of that and you’ll be convinced that everyone on the planet is secretly in the Klan).

  • Oliver

    Am I the only one who thinks Obama has been a disappointment? It seems to me that he has no intention of keeping any of his campaign promises, and in fact acts more like George Bush did. Any thoughts?

  • AJP

    I doubt it would be that hard to find drunk people willing to use the terms “nigger” and “white power”. You just have to walk around some college campuses at 1:00 AM with a video camera to find that.

  • eric

    I served in the IDF for three years, and lived in Tel Aviv for 10 years. And i find these remarks deeply offensive and nasty. Especially, the “white power” remark. Remember, that 8 years ago, several racist skinheads were actually arrested in Israel. If i had been near that table when that “alleged” Jew screamed “white power.” I would have immediately gotten up and sent him to the hospital. No questions asked.

  • MaryAnn

    “Sending someone to the hospital” is an appropriate response to offensive speech?

    And you think that would be helpful, eric?

    Anyone who is shocked by the Blumenthal video either simply hasn’t been paying attention to the last twenty or so years of U.S. politics, or is simply deluding themselves as to the virtuous nature of their side.

    I’m mystified by the attitude that, because it’s so darn easy to find people willing to demonstrate their idiocy and bigotry, that means it’s not an issue. Shouldn’t it be *hard* to find these people? Shouldn’t we be mortified that college students, supposedly our best and brightest, are such morons, regardless of what “side” they’re supposedly on? Or perhaps we should be mortified that the knee-jerkery of every important matter being reduced to “sides,” as if we were children on a playground, is what produces people who are proud to be ignorant as long as they know what slogans to spout?

  • AJP

    Sure its a problem that political discussion has devolved to this. But that’s simply the bill that is now being paid for the last eight years of calling Bush a idiotic fuckhead chimp Nazi, and the previous eight years of calling Clinton a sleazbag.

    It is entirely too late to be appalled now. It is also hypocritical for a lot of people to express their dismay at this point, given that many of them were cheerleaders for similar invectives hurled at government officials from the previous adminsitration.

    It will take a concerted effort on the part of those out of power to refrain from engaging in this sort of nastiness for it to have any hope of ending. But I don’t see that happening soon. This is, quite simply, the reality we live with, and one which the American populace made for themselves. Acting shocked and mortified isn’t going to make it go away.

  • AJP

    Here’s the real heart of the matter. I don’t think it is that important that you can go to a college campus in the middle of Staurday night, or the streets of Jerusalem at 2:00 AM and find drunk idiots spouting garbage. (And one wonders how much footage Blumenthal had to shoot to get three minutes of invectives, was it an hour of normal interviews with tiny bits of the vitriol? Was it two? Who knows?)

    I think the real problem is that you have perfectly sober people with plenty of time to reflect on their nasty slurs and think they are great, like this guy (who apparently thinks of our President as family):

    http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-local_wright_0610jun10,0,7603283.story

  • D

    “Acting shocked and mortified isn’t going to make it go away” Who’s acting?
    Anti-Bush statements, like “Nazi”, were based on his policies. It’s up to you whether you agree with them or not. But some anti-Obama statements, like “Nigger”, are based on his ethny. Don’t tell us it’s the same thing. To give you an idea, hearing him being called “communist” or “shithead” is less disturbing than hearing him being called “muslim”. You want to call him incopetent? You want to call him an idiot? Fine. But try to avoid making racist statements while doing that.
    Other than that, yeah, much of this people were just trying to show off. And the ones recording were looking for exactly what they found. Not that it makes me feel much better…
    Ps: Was that a Borat reference at the end?

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