Coming to you from downtown Chicago (warning, extreme language):
Obama supporters out celebrating his win on election night gathered on State Street Tuesday evening. I asked one man why he was celebrating Obama, and what that meant to him. He said, “It really means to me, no more Israel…Mitt Romney would go to war with Iran…Obama said f*** that shit. Kill those mother f***ers.”
Another said, “Palestine was there first, and Israel moved in in the 1940s and that’s an unfair attack.” A man of Jewish heritage accompanying him said, “I really do not think that us being with Israel is a good choice for us”
Yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated President Obama on his reelection.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not seem eager for President Obama to win reelection this week, but that’s what happened, which made this morning’s public meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro a touch uncomfortable.
In the video above, the Israeli leader offers all the standard congratulations and reassurances and looking-forward-to things that a foreign head of state is supposed to make after a U.S. presidential election. But the subtext is tough to miss in his strained body language and in the polite nodding from Shapiro, who might well have lost his posting had Obama lost.