What Obama’s Note Said

AP photo of Obama at the Western Wall

A rabbi is outraged that someone stole the prayer Sen. Barack Obama stuffed into a crack of Jerusalem’s Western Wall. We agree, but we’re still curious about what the note said.

…as soon as [Obama] doffed the requisite skullcap and left, a snoop pulled a folded piece of paper from a crevice in the ancient wall and offered it to the mass-circulation Maariv. The newspaper’s decision to publish it Friday, under the headline “Obama’s note,” provoked a storm of criticism in Israel over an intrusion into his relationship with God…

Shmuel Rabinovitz, the rabbi who manages Judaism’s holiest site, was furious.

“The notes placed between the stones of the Western Wall are between a person and his maker,” he told Army Radio. “It is forbidden to read them or make any use of them.”

A very good policy, we agree. Stealing Obama’s note was a total invasion of privacy.

O.K., so what did it say?

“Lord — Protect my family and me,” the unsigned note said. “Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.”

If you were hoping Obama’s prayer included asking God’s help or forgiveness for anything nefarious, you’re no doubt disappointed. But it might not even be his note.

Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki, traveling with the candidate in London, declined to confirm or deny the note was the senator’s. The Associated Press reported, however, that the handwriting in the photograph published by Maariv appeared to match Obama’s inscription Wednesday in the guest book at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial.

The note was written on stationery of the King David Hotel, where Obama stayed during his visit this week.

All righty then.

But you know, except for the pride and despair part it’s pretty close to what I — and probably most of us — pray.


  • July 28, 2008 - 9:55 am | Permalink

    This is more proof Senator Obama is a decent man. Peace.

  • charleslennon
    July 28, 2008 - 10:09 am | Permalink


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