44 The Obama Presidency
As Obama Gets Ready to Golf, Middle East Activists Try to Make a Delivery
The president-elect may be on vacation, but that doesn't mean people have stopped trying to lobby him. Today, a couple of individuals tried to deliver "informational DVDs" about the Isreali-Palestinian conflict to Barack Obama in advance of his visit to a golf course. From the pool report, by The Honolulu Advertiser's Peter Boylan:
After loading his clubs onto a cart, Obama, wearing sunglasses, a white shirt, khaki shorts, white and brown golf shoes, and a red baseball cap emblazoned with the City and County of Honolulu's Ocean Safety logo, drove down to the driving range....
Prior to leaving for the course at about 11 a.m., a group of five people approached the security checkpoint set up by the U.S. Secret Service and Honolulu police carrying a box wrapped with a gold ribbon. The group, led by Fred and Pat Shepherd from Greenbrae, Calif., and Robert Steiver, 65, of Honolulu, asked the Secret Service if they could deliver the box and a letter to Obama.
The Secret Service declined.
Speaking to a reporter, Fred Shepherd said they wanted to deliver the box, which once held "Super Gorilla" golf balls but now contained informational DVD's about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
"I don't think he's taking a vacation, he's preparing to be the next president," said Steiver. "I'm deathly afraid he'll continue the failed policies of the Bush administration. I've been suffering with the Palestinians for years."
The letter was typed on a piece of paper with Fred and Pat Shepherd's address printed at the top. It was dated December 29, and addressed to Mr. And Mrs. Obama. The body of the letter read: "This gift of films is offered in hope that you will take the time to view them and that you will gain an insight as to why the Palestinians have been fighting for their land, pride and children for over 100 years. Today, one of Israel's major newspapers, Ha'aretz, has condemned Israel's slaughter of Palestinian men, women and children and in no uncertain terms: Israel is and has been committing war crimes. We look forward to your presidency...more than any other in our lifetime. Best wishes to you and your daughters. Thank you. Warm regards."
The letter is signed by Fred and Pat Shepherd.
Posted at 6:53 PM ET on Dec 29, 2008
44 The Obama Presidency
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