Saturday, May 28, 2011

Obama's latest PR pickle

President's Comments on Israeli Peace Generate a New PR Conundrum for White House

It will be interesting to see how President Obama wriggles out of the PR trap he's now caught in because of perceived insulting comments he made about Israel's security, drumming up antiquated border-defining terminology that clearly upset Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — on the eve of Netanyahu's visit to the U.S., no less, where the prime minister criticized the comments in a rousing speech to Congress that had both sides of the floor on their feet with praise. And now, the president's Jewish fund-raising network is trying to calm uneasy donors who fear that his blueprint for Middle East peace would jeopardize Israel's security, and who say his outline for a peace deal has created unexpected obstacles that make it more difficult to meet short-term fund-raising targets. "If the fund-raiser had been last Friday, we would have been in trouble," said Alan Kessler, who has been active in national Democratic fund-raising for years, the LA Times reports. Describing the reaction of prospective donors, Kessler said: "There are those who have already served notice that they're just not going to participate. Then there are those who are saying, 'We want to see how this plays out over the next week or so,'" he added, according to the Times report.

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