Obama expressed his happiness to be away from Capitol Hill for a little while. He said to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they posed for pictures on the airport tarmac, “It’s good to get away from Congress.”
You can watch it in the video
President Barack Obama planted a magnolia tree in Israeli President Shimon Peres’ Jerusalem garden. It symbolizes the ever-growing strong friendship between the two countries. It also signifies the United States’ commitment to stand alongside Israel against nuclear-armed Iran.
But news has emerged that before the plant’s roots can take hold, the Israeli government will inspect it. A source told ABC News that the magnolia tree will be uprooted in a week by the Israeli Agriculture Department. The roots of the tree were covered with plastic when it was planted by Obama as Israel doesn’t allow plants within its borders from other countries.
Here are some pictures from the planting of the tree in the Holy Land:
We wonder what Obama had in mind when he declared, ‘I deserve a second term’. Things may be going well for him, but these are very tough times and as far as we can deduce, second terms of US Presidents haven’t particularly been very successful.
Twenty of the past US presidents have served more than one full term in the office as POTUS. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only US President in history, to have served more than two terms in office as the President. He died during his 4th term, leaving Vice President Harry S Truman, to serve the remainder of the term.
There are a lot of opinions out there and of course the vote banks are divided. Obama’s ruling years have not been easy ones, but the last decade has not been an easy decade for any government. There are a large number of people who want to see Obama stay at the White House for another term and there are people who think there cannot be a bigger mistake if it happens.
It seems like the whole world is out to scrutinize Obama and his every word and action. Indeed the time till the elections has to be very cautiously spent by the US President. Trayvon Martin’s killing is a very sensitive issue at the moment in America. There is a lot of hurt and anger as well as demands for justice, which for the US citizens have not been fast enough in this case.
One of the most recent barbed criticisms has come from Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich who shot down President Obama’s condolence to Trayvon Martin’s family as disgraceful. In all fairness to the President, his words, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon,” were most likely meant as a point of relating to the family like his own and affiliating with the family of the victim. However, the critic, Mr. Gingrich claims the comment is extremely racist as what the victim looked like should not be a matter at all. A victim deserves protection and justice regardless of their skin color or ethnicity.