May 12, 2008

BARACK ONANA '08:

Obama on Zionism and Hamas (Jeffery Goldberg, 12 May 2008, Atlantic Unbound)

Obama and I spoke over the weekend about Hamas, about Jimmy Carter, and about the future of Jewish settlements on the West Bank. He seemed eager to talk about his ties to the Jewish community, and about the influence Jews have had on his life.

JG: You’ve talked about the role of Jews in the development of your thinking

BO: I always joke that my intellectual formation was through Jewish scholars and writers, even though I didn’t know it at the time. Whether it was theologians or Philip Roth who helped shape my sensibility, or some of the more popular writers like Leon Uris.


His politics is as self-absorbed as Portnoy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 12, 2008 3:51 PM
Comments

I guess now we'll have to stop calling him an intellectual elite and start calling him an intellectual middle brow. I loved "Portnoy's Complaint" but wouldn't want it bandied about that my take on the "Jewish" question comes from it pages and perhaps, not having read it, Obama thinks Uris's "Exodus" is the biblical account.

If American Jews vote for this guy, there is truly no hope of opening their eyes to the danger of electing another liberal.

Posted by: erp at May 12, 2008 4:21 PM

I still want someone to ask him about James Cone and black liberation theology.

Posted by: PapayaSF at May 12, 2008 6:00 PM

Liver should be chopped.

Posted by: ghostcat at May 12, 2008 7:58 PM
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