Obama hearts Oren (or, what’s the opposite of a dress-down?)


A lot’s been written about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dress-down last month of the U.S. ambassador, Dan Shapiro, over differences on Iran policy.

So last night, maybe it was significant (or maybe not) that Jack Lew, President Obama’s chief of staff, delivered a personal letter from the president to Michael Oren at the embassy’s Rosh Hashana gathering.

This communication is about "reaffirming friendship" and extols Oren’s achievements — "not bad for a kid from Jersey."

The photos below, of the letter and of Oren and Lew , are courtesy of the embassy.

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