The visit of US presidential candidate Mitt Romney to Jerusalem, Israel, has evoked comments and opinions too numerous to list. No question that a visit on a Tisha B’Av, a fast day, was not a great idea. But after  complaining here about the security and delays when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held her press conference two weeks ago, well, I just had to go to the Romney press conference and compare.

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Mayor Nir Barkat met Miriam and Sheldon Adelson at their car as they entered the Yemin Moshe neighborhood.

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Security barriers open quickly for billionaires,

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Mayor Barkat followed the Adelsons,

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but he was directed to the regular security line.

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Oops, guys there is a problem here,

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please let me introduce you to the Mayor of Jerusalem.

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Oh, so he’s the mayor, then right this way please, around security.

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In Jerusalem, it is not what you wear, but who you know that gets you in.

Yes, security was tight for the Romney press conference.

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The crowd was seated and waiting; many in the audience had been fasting for the last twenty four hours.

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Josh and Ann Romney came in to take their front row seats.

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Mayor Barkat, the perfect host, greeted his guest.

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Mitt Romney entered with no musical accompaniment out of respect to the somber holiday.

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Mitt Romney began his speech as announced at 7:00pm.

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He said what the crowd wanted to hear about security and Jerusalem,

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and to the relief of many, he also stopped at 7:25 pm as announced.

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A visit to Jerusalem on Tisha B’Av was not ideal, but at least the schedule was on time. Many people hung around to say a word or get a photo with Romney, before racing off to find a break-the-fast meal.

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The mayor was a good sport to the very end. He also had to stay in the enclosed security area until the Romney’s vehicle pulled away to take them to the Netanyahu’s for dinner.

Romney’s team made some mistakes with this visit, but the real question is, “If elected can we trust that Romney will be able to follow through on his promises.”

The Old City Walls were an impressive backdrop, but has any politician really done what they promised before election?

 

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