Watch Obama speak Hebrew, joke how it's good to get away from Congress.

Watch Obama Speak Hebrew

Watch Obama Speak Hebrew

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March 20 2013 11:00 AM

Watch Obama Speak Hebrew, Joke How He's Happy to Get Away From Congress

As he began his much anticipated three-day trip to Israel, President Obama got lots of applause for uttering a few words in Hebrew:

Tov l'he'ot shuv b'aretz means, it's good to be in Israel again, according to the Jerusalem Post.

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He also joked around with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "It's good to get away from Congress." Netanyahu responded with a hearty laugh.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.