When Prof. Amatzia Baram of the Department of Middle East History visited the White House this past Hanukkah, he was listed as a personal guest of President Bill Clinton and permitted to visit the West Wing. Baram owed the honor to his father, who designed the hanukkiya, or Hanukkah menorah, that was displayed in the West Wing Lobby and described in a White House brochure. The menorah was created as a memorial for Professor Baramís brother, killed in the Yom Kippur War. A White House photographer captured the visit by Baram and his wife, Mrs. Bonnie Belkin-Baram, on the first night of the holiday in the presence of the President of the United States.

Did the President of the United States talk with Baram, a recognized world authority on Iraq, only about the Maccabees?

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