GardenGirl over at Running From Babylon has an excellent (and brief) article about Obama and his Hanukkah observation:
She begins with: "Today’s top story at Drudge is President Obama lighting all the candles on the menorah, twelve days before Hanukkah actually begins. His reason? 'We never need a good excuse for a party!' The last time that a leader of a country used items from the temple for his party -- it didn’t work out so well."
Definitely worth the read!