Statement from the President on Passover


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obMichelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Passover in the United States, in the State of Israel, and throughout the world.

Tonight, for the seventh year, I’ll hold a Seder in the White House, and we’ll join millions of Jewish families as we retell one of humanity’s great stories of liberation. The Exodus was neither easy nor quick. The Israelites’ journey to freedom required them to choose faith over fear and courage over complacency. Above all, it required the works of an awesome God, who led them out of bondage with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.

The story of the Exodus – the signs and wonders that appeared when hope seemed lost, the Jewish people’s abiding belief that they would one day reach the Promised Land – has inspired countless generations over the years. It inspired Jewish families to hold fast to their faith, even during times of terrible persecution. It inspired young Civil Rights leaders as they marched across an Alabama bridge in search of their own Promised Land, half a century ago.

And it continues to inspire us today. Tonight, my family will read the passage of the Haggadah that declares we must see ourselves as though we personally were liberated from Egypt. The Exodus reminds us that progress has always come slow and the future has always been uncertain, but it also reminds there is always reason for hope.

Like the Israelites who Moses led out of slavery long ago, it is up to us to never lose faith in the better day that lies ahead. In our own country, we can continue our march toward a more perfect union. Around the world, we can seek to extend the miracles of freedom and peace, prosperity and security, to more of God’s creation. And together, we can continue the hard but awesome work of tikkun olam, and do our part to repair the world.

From my family to yours, Chag Sameach.

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. I want to heard nothing from this JEW HATER. he is a liar and a thief and you do not listen to such a person. May the world be rid of him and the likes of him

  2. Seriously?? The Nuchri Urel president is going to hold a Seder? Why doesn’t the same person who wrote his speech tell him that an Urel can’t eat from the Korbon Pesach and therefore has no place at a Seder.

  3. OBAMA is the Pharaoh who treats BB and Israelies like his slaves.
    He spent millions of $ to bring down BB,hIS priest for 20 years Rev Wright preached that jews are descendents of monkeys and donkeys,his speech was played on the radio,He forced Israel to Release the murderer of Rachel was who was
    9 months pregnant and was burned to death with her 3 children and soldier who tried tosave them..He signed a deal with IRAN which will enable Iran to build an A bomb in 3 months.The head of the Iranian army
    said last monday that the destruction of iSRAEL is NOT NEGOTIABLE.
    Pharaoh wanted to kill all the jewish male babies Obama wants Iran to kill 6 million jews.
    Sodoama and Gomorah was destroyed on Pesach ,May Hashen destroy this Pesach all the enemies of Israel and every single person who voted for the evil devil satanic snake muslim Brotherhood member stalinist Israel hater, Iran lover Obama.

  4. There is a comic strip going around
    There are two white house staffers talking
    Man 1: Obama nearly choked at the white house seder?
    Man 2: It was awful!
    Man 1: Matzoh ?
    Man 2: no..
    what was stuck was ,, the part about next year in jerusalem!

    Dry bones