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President Obama and Elie Wiesel to Coauthor Book

David Streeter — November 9, 2012 – 10:31 am | Barack Obama Comments (5) Add a comment

JTA reported recently that President Barack Obama and Elie Wiesel will be coauthoring a book together now that the election is over. According to JTA:

Elie Wiesel and President Obama are writing a book together, the Holocaust survivor and author told an Israeli newspaper.

The book, which the two men will resume writing after Tuesday’s presidential election, is ‘a book of two friends,’ Wiesel, a Nobel laureate, told Haaretz.

Haaretz reported that Wiesel and Obama became friends in 2009 when Wiesel joined Obama on a visit to the site of the Buchenwald concentration camp, where Wiesel was interned at the end of World War II following a death march from Auschwitz.

‘We talk about philosophy, contemplation, thought, but never about politics. He is a thinking person, a person with depth and intellectual curiosity,’ Wiesel said about the dinners that the two occasionally have together.

Wiesel and Obama first met when Wiesel lectured at California’s Occidental College, where Obama was a student.

‘Your lecture has stayed with me to this day,’ the president told Wiesel years later, Wiesel told Haaretz. ‘When I heard that, my pulse went up. I told myself that I have to be careful because I can never know whether anyone in the audience will be a future president.’

NJDC President and CEO David A. Harris reacted to the news by saying:

It’s wonderful that President Obama and Elie Wiesel will be working on this unprecedented project together. This unique collaboration highlights the essential shared values between these two leaders—the newly-reelected President of our country and the voice of conscience of our people. This President has always been a very close friend of the American Jewish community, and we look forward to seeing the results of this special partnership between him and Mr. Wiesel.


susan silver | November 9, 2012 – 5:02 pm

this is the best news I’ve heard. Hopefully it will change the President’s reluctance re Israel.

Annette Cavanagh | November 9, 2012 – 5:24 pm

On the weekend of the anniversary of Kristalnacbht
this news brings two extraordinary people together
to reveal the significantce of their friendship and is a kind of celebration of the recent election. Can’t wait to read the details.

Carol Tabb | November 9, 2012 – 6:35 pm

This is exciting to hear about Wiesel’s and President Obama’s collaboration on a book. I, also, look forward to the results of this special endeavor.

Alfred Alyeshmerni | November 10, 2012 – 6:30 pm

Dear Mr. Elie Wiesel,

During October 22 2012,  the presidential debate President Obama left me thinking if in reality he concurred the question “Attack on Israel is tantamount to attack on America”

On October 23rd 2012, debkafile reported that none of the candidates supported such claim and only offered to support Israel!

An emphatic declaration by the president will have following results:

1.  Will make nuclear Iran to become obsolete.
2. Hezbolah and Hamas and other Iranian cronies will think twice before attacking Israel.
3.  Will US in a very strong position to negotiate with Iran.
4.  Will stop the war and force parties to explore peaceful means ie.” two state solution”.
5..  Ends the potential nuclear war before it starts, similar to MAD doctrine that stopped the cold war.

Will you please request that president Obama make such declaration with no uncertainty.

After all 78 percent of the Jewish community in USA voted for president Obama.

Barnette Balfour | November 12, 2012 – 2:40 pm

I look forward to reading this book.

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