Just before the big simcha at American University where Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) anointed Sen. Baruch Obama as JFK’s successor, Obama was on a 23-minute conference call with members of the Jewish press.
The phone call was yet another attempt to stop the lashon hara about Obama’s religion, honesty and pro-Israel record—lies and slander circulating in some Jewish communities on and off line.
The news of this call was eclipsed by the Kennedy blessing. On any other news day, Obama’s outreach to Jews would have been a headline story.
I grabbed the MP3 of the conference call from our friends at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency so we could serve the audio locally, and save the JTA some bandwidth, and here it is:
Click here for the phone call. It’s 5MB +/-, 23 minutes, in MP3 format.