At a meeting with 20 conservative Jewish leaders yesterday, President Obama laid claim to having more knowledge of Judaism than other previous President.  What does the President cite for his breadth of knowledge?

He read about it.

By this logic, I once read the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting, thus apparently making me a zen master of all things childbirth.

The Weekly Standard reports:

“Obama … stressed he probably knows about Judaism more than any other president, because he read about it,” Haaretz reports. “[He] wondered how come no one asks Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner or Senate minority leader Mitch McConnel [sic] about their support to Israel.”

Similarly, he said to the group, “I [am] not going to tell you again how I even feel about Israel, but why [are] we still talking about it?”

He then suggested that he should not be questioned about his commitment to the Jewish state because “all his friends in Chicago were Jewish – and at the beginning of his political career he was accused of  being a puppet of the Israel lobby,” Haaretz reports.


Do not question his commitment because his friends in Chicago were Jewish?  He was also friends with Bill Ayers, should we not question his commitment to domestic terrorism.  His pastor for decades was Jeremiah Wright, should we not question his commitment to anti-American racists?

And how do we know he read about Judaism anyway, did he take a college course on the topic?  We’ll likely never know.

It’s a shame he didn’t read up more on basic economics or capitalism.  Perhaps then he’d be an expert on those topics as well.