Bill Clinton may have been America’s first black president, but Barack Obama, despite claims to the contrary, is not the first Jew to sit in the Oval Office. An Associated Press “racial attitudes survey” released on Sunday erroneously reported that 18% of Americans believe the president is Jewish.
The poll has since been corrected, but not before Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell jumped on the claim, noting that the percentage of the population that believes Obama is a Member of the Tribe is up from 0 in 2010. Kirell also noted that the number who believe the president is a Muslim is up one point, to 18%. That percentage remains the same after AP’s updating of the survey “to correct a typo.”
Although the poll was in error, it is not unreasonable that some might assume Obama is Jewish. He does, after all, share a name with Israel’s Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak. And he did celebrate Hanukkah at the White House last December. True, his observance of the Festival of Lights was two weeks early (he had other engagements) and he lit too many candles, but even some real Jews probably mess up.
Also, as he reminded us during the third presidential debate, he made a trip to Israel while still a candidate and visited the Holocaust museum at Yad Beshef, “to remind myself of the nature of evil.” He could have reminded himself of the “nature of evil” much closer to home by visiting the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum, which is within easy walking distance of the White House, but for some never set foot in the building once in the past four years.
Finally, there is his tireless support for the state of Israel. OK, maybe he did support the U.N.’s launch of a unilateral investigation of Israel’s behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident in 2010. And maybe he did call upon Israel to withdraw to its pre-1967 borders. And maybe he did snub Israel’s prime minister by denying him a face-to-face meeting when both men were in New York in September. But none of this should be construed as suggesting that the Obama isn’t “the best American presidential friend Israel has ever had.” That is the opinion of Senator Frank Lautenberg. And everyone knows it—except maybe the people of Israel, who support Mitt Romney for president by a more than 2-to-1 margin
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