The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Obama vs. Reagan on AIPAC

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By Grant Smith
May 16, 2011

Politico reports that President Barack Obama may attend the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) gathering in Washington, D.C. According to documents released last week by the National Archives, President Ronald Reagan had a more appropriate answer to invitations and party pressure to attend AIPAC’s gathering on May 15, 1988—”No, thanks.” Until Bill Clinton came along, no American president had ever accepted an invitation to speak at the Israel lobby’s annual confab while still in office. President Obama may this month reveal himself to be more pliable to Israeli, party, stealth PAC, and single-issue campaign contributors than many of his forebears. But what factors should a modern president consider before responding to an AIPAC invitation?

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

May 17, 2011 at 6:43 am

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