In Israel, President Obama Shows Genuine Interest in Fascinating Things

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In America, President Obama is regularly forced to feign interest in mundane things, such as overhead bins, shipping containers, and tomatoes. But in Israel today, no feigning was necessary as Obama examined a host of genuinely fascinating things at the Israel Museum, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls ...

In this handout image supplied by the Government Press Office of Israel (GPO) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and U.S. President Barack Obama visit the shrine of the book on March 21, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. This is President Obama's first visit as president to the region, and his itinerary includes meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Photo: Ben Gershom/Getty Images

... a robotic snake used in search and rescue missions ...

U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu view a robotic snake used in search and rescue at an Israeli technology exhibition in the Israel Museum on March 21, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. This is President Obama's first visit as president to the region, and his itinerary includes meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (Photo by Debbie Hill-Pool/Getty Images) Photo: Debbie Hill-Pool/Getty Images

... some kind of hairnet that analyzes brain activity ...

U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk to a man wearing a net to check brain activity at an Israeli technology exhibition at the Israel Museum on March 21, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. This is President Obama's first visit as president to the region, and his itinerary includes meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Photo: Pool/Getty Images

... and an exoskeleton for people with disabilities.

In this handout image supplied by the Government Press Office of Israel (GPO) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama visit the Israeli technology exhibition at the Israel Museum on March 21, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. This is President Obama's first visit as president to the region, and his itinerary includes meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/Getty Images

Genuinely fascinating!