"1st Jewish President" = Barack Hussein Obama

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Why Barack Obama Is the Best Thing Israel Has Going for It Right Now -- New York Magazine
Barack Obama is the best thing Israel has going for it right now. Why is that so difficult for Netanyahu and his American Jewish allies to understand?

In a way, history has been cruel to Obama, forcing him to succeed the wrong Bush — the one whose support for Israel, unlike that of his father, was uncritical to the point of blindness. Obama's team has made its share of errors in the conduct of its diplomacy and in allowing misperceptions to take hold: That its tough-love approach to Israel has been all the former and none of the latter; that its demands on the Palestinians have been either negligible or nonexistent. And many Jewish voters... have all too often focused more on the president's words than his deeds — and come away with the impression that he doesn't seem to "feel Israel" in his bones.
For Obama, such assessments would be funny if they weren't so frustrating and absurd; and for the Jews who know him best, they are simply mystifying. In the last days of the 2008 campaign, the former federal judge, White House counsel, and Obama mentor Abner Mikva quipped, "When this all is over, people are going to say that Barack Obama is the first Jewish president." And while that prediction has so far proved to be wildly over-optimistic, there is more truth in it than meets the eye. ...
The suspicions regarding the bone-deepness of Obama's bond with Israel were present from the start, and always rooted in a reading of his background that was as superficial as it was misguided. Yes, he was black. Yes, his middle name was Hussein. And yes, in his time in Hyde Park, his friends included Palestinian scholars and activists, notably the historian Rashid Khalidi. But far more crucial to Obama's makeup and rise to prominence were his ties to Chicago's Jewish milieu. ...
This background meant that, although Obama was hardly an old hand on Israel when he became president, he was well attuned to the Jewish community and its views. "With the kind of exposure he had to Jewish backers, Jewish thinkers, in Illinois," says deputy national-security adviser Ben Rhodes, "he came into office with a deeper understanding of Jewish culture and Jewish thought than, I would argue, any president in recent memory."
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interesting article. not really sure what to make of all this yet, but from my limited pov the Obama administration's anti-statehood for Palistine during the recent UN powwow seems wrong.

btw, any of you speak hebrew? in what context is 'tsuris' being used here?
 
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If being a fanatical supporter of the state of Israel to the point of blindness makes one Jewish, how could Obama possibly be the "first Jewish president"?

In any event, the damage to Obama among Jewish voters over perceived slights has already been done, as was seen recently in the recent NY-09 results. They want the schvartze out.
 

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Heres some reactions to BHO's jewyness.


From the USA..
Barack Obama: 'The first Jewish president'? - The Week
You'd never know if from reading the opinion pages, says John Heilemann in New York, but "Obama is the best friend Israel has right now"

Contrary to popular belief, Obama may be the best friend Israel has, says John Heilemann in New York. President Obama's support among American Jews has dropped 28 percentage points since his inauguration, and his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "started off scratchy — and went downhill from there," says John Heilemann in New York Magazine. Obama's political team is rightly worried — and a bit perplexed. Going all-out for Israel at the United Nations this week (the president has threatened a U.S. veto of a U.N.-recognized Palestinian state), "Obama is the best friend Israel has right now." Indeed, since his first day in office, Obama has been "every bit as pro-Israel as the country's own prime minister — and, if you look from the proper angle, maybe even more so."
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and from the ME..
Obama: America's 'first Jewish president'? - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
Barack Obama has become even more pro-Israel than George W Bush, analyst argues

Obama is the "the first Jewish President". That's the title of New York magazine's lead article, written by John Heilemann and quoting a major Obama fundraiser. Listening to Obama speak at the United Nations on Wednesday many would nod in agreement, not less in Palestine and the Arab world.

The US President has embraced the rejectionist Israeli position on the question of international recognition of an independent Palestinian state. But that's not a Jewish position. It's a radical Zionist position. Many Jews, including US and Israeli Jews, do not embrace such extremist views. But the fact that Obama surpassed his predecessor George W Bush, the most radical supporter of Israel among all US Presidents, has left everyone in Israel dumbstruck. The latest Zionist US president sounded like Israel's own founding fathers.

Never have they heard a US president read straight from the papers of the Israeli government.
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so apparently the the middle-easterners, both arabs & israelis, hates the potus for whatever he does regarding this pal-state issue.
meanwhile back home, he is getting yelled at by some for not being pro-israeli enough, and yelled at by others for being too pro-israeli.
Hey so the ol'saying is true.. It's lonely at the top.
 
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