May 31, 2012

White House

President Obama in the East Room Following His Remarks

I was invited to a reception for American Jewish Heritage Month at the White House yesterday.  President Obama addressed a large crowd in the East Room with remarks centered on Grant's infamous Order Number 11, which banned Jews from the Territory of the Tennessee.  The order was quickly overridden by President Lincoln ("That's another reason why we like Lincoln," the President said), and Grant went on to make amends in his later treatment of Jews. Originals of the Order and related documents were on display.  All in all, a very exciting day!