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Michelle opens her e-mail.  To her delight, but not to her surprise, there’s a post from Dante.   Michelle: Dante says he’s negotiating with a group of his Peers to organize a group to Occupy The White House.  Or… he may ask them to call the whole thing off.  What do you think?   President: What else does my would-be blackmailer have to threaten me with this morning?   Michelle:  Well, he says there’s a teaching from the Bible that wants us to discuss.   President: That’s interesting.   Michelle:  Dante mentioned in an earlier cartoon that he’s studying the Bible for the first time in his life.  He says studying it in depth, and he’s especially interested in the details.   President:  I remember.  He wrote that Nathanael reminds him of Uri Avnery (03:29).  What’s the Biblical teaching that Dante wants us to discuss?   Michelle: It’s an idea that comes from a Proverb.  You can read it in the letterhead.   President:  Dante always has interesting letterheads.  They brighten my day.   Michelle: And Dante wants us to discuss the teaching without him.   President: Why?   Michelle:  He doesn’t say.  Sometimes I don’t understand Dante’s reasoning.

Michelle: Hon, I’ve been thinking.   President: Thinking is hard work.  But somebody has got to do it.   Michelle: You’ve given the world a vision.  It’s an intelligent vision of a harmonious world.  Your vision included a change in the situation in the Holy Land where the Arab-Israeli conflict is the central problem in the world today.   President:  I remember.   Michelle:  Listen to yourself again:  Obama Cairo Speech (VIDEO): Calls For New Beginning, Gets Standing Ovation.  You inspired hope in people all around the world.  You cautioned us to remember that the needed changes will require time and cooperative effort.   President:  That’s still true.   Michelle:  Folks are wondering how long it’s going to be before we see these changes.   President: You said “we”.   Michelle: Yes.  I’m wondering, too.  You’re the Leader of the Free World, Hon.  How much longer are we going to have to wait?  You’ve got some tall explaining to do.   President: (silence)  Please explain what you mean by what you just said.

Michelle: I’ll play the Devil’s Advocate (disambiguation).  I’ll try to finesse you. When are you going to be honest with the American people about the obstacles to peace in the Middle East which is the central problem facing the world today?  When are you going to be honest about the obstacles?  Everybody knows what the obstacles are.  We need to hear you talk about them.   President: You make that sound easy.  The situation is complex.  It could not be more complex.   Michelle: Then you must explain the complexities.  Go public with the explanation.  Do some teaching.   President:  Perhaps I’m trying to figure out the best way to begin the teaching.  Tact and timing are all-important.   Michelle: Start by remembering that you’re the Leader of the Free World.  Then teach the efficacy of International Law.  President: (silence).





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