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Awkward Chanukah Moments From Obama, Rick Perry, Jerry Brown, and Others

Watch Rick Perry dance a stiff hora while Arnold Schwarzenegger lights up the dance floor! Plus, see Orrin Hatch perform his own Chanukah song. Watch your back, Adam Sandler.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at a Chanukah reception, Dec. 8, 2011 (Mandel Ngan / Getty Images)

Having an eight-day window to celebrate Chanukah certainly gives the president a little leeway in his busy schedule, but even most Reform Jews don’t light the menorah 12 days before the holiday begins, as Barack Obama did this year. Even more embarrassing, instead of lighting only one candle on the first night, Obama lit all nine. “I don't even think he knew that he was talking about something that's Jewish,” comedian Jackie Mason said of the goyishe gaffe.

“It could have been Muslim, it could have been altogether a religion he never even heard of,” said Mason. “He doesn't know, he doesn't care. He's strictly in there to take a picture, and the picture could have been about anything.”


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