How can President Obama save the Jewish vote?
September 15th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

How can President Obama save the Jewish vote?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Just what President Obama needs, another fire threatening to burn out of control.

The Democrats' loss in New York's special congressional election this week could signal serious trouble for Obama and the Jewish vote in 2012.

District 9, made up of parts of Brooklyn and Queens, is one of the most Jewish in the nation. And many believe that if the Democrats lost there, Obama could be in jeopardy in key states like Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. It's nearly impossible to win a presidential election without those states.

The problem is, a lot of American Jews feel neglected by this president and think he has been too tough on Israel.

In the New York race, former Mayor Ed Koch – a Jewish Democrat – endorsed the Republican. Koch cited Israel as the main reason why. He says he likes the president and helped get him elected, "but Obama threw Israel under the bus."

And it's not just Obama's policy toward Israel. A recent poll shows that other issues that trouble many voters – like the economy, Social Security and Medicare – are more important than Israel among Jewish voters.

Republicans smell blood in the water here and will no doubt make Israel a wedge issue in 2012.

In 1980, Jimmy Carter was the last Democratic candidate to not get an overwhelming majority of the Jewish vote. All Obama needs is another comparison to Carter.

Obama's approval rating is about 60% among Jews nationally. In 2008, exit polls showed nearly 80% of Jews voted for him.

This makes Jews just one more group to start deserting Obama. He's also lost support among other key voting blocs like blacks, women and independents.

Here’s my question to you: How can President Obama save the Jewish vote?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dee in Houston, Texas:
Jack, In my opinion, Jewish people want Israel to be able to bully the other Middle Eastern countries and expect the U.S. to back them the entire time. I think that President Obama is calling them out on this behavior and now the Jewish people are upset. Therefore , I don't think that President Obama can save the Jewish vote.

Richard in Malvern, Pennsylvania:
Hey, Jack. Why are you only mentioning one specific group that has lost faith in Obama? Many of us Italians think he has dropped the ball once too often and does not deserve a second term.

Mike in Sacramento:
I don't know that he needs to really. Israel isn't a part of the U.S. other than strategic. With the Arab Spring and growing support for a Palestinian state, Israel could become more of a problem than a help. The GOP might be just a bit too conservative for the Jews anyway. Especially when you throw the Evangelical element into the mix.

Probably nothing short of building a house on the West Bank. Where has the "united" gone in the United States? Too many factions pushing agendas in this country. Apparently we can no longer please some of the people some of the time.

Scott in Oakland, California:
Send more money to Israel from our Social Security and Medicare accounts and continue to veto Palestinians' bid for independence in the U.N.

Joe on Facebook:
Create jobs, reduce the national debt and deficit, and reform entitlements: those are things he needs to do to save the "American" vote. If he does not save the American vote, it's really not going to matter what happens with the Jewish vote.

Dave in Nashville, Tennessee:
If he starts wearing a black wide-brimmed hat or yarmulke, I'm out of here.

soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. Bob from Melbourne

    The President should be worried about saving more than just the Jewish vote but if he can't save it he can still just blame George Bush. Thats worked for everything else he's screwed up. How many time can you use the dog ate my homework?

    September 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  2. LLW

    He can't.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm not well versed in the whole Israeli Palestinian conflict to speak intelligently. But I can say this. If they can carve up land held by several different nations to recreate Israel, why can't they also recreate Palestine and give both sides their own homeland? President Obama appears to be between the proverbial rock and hard place on this one. I don't ever see a resolution.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  4. Jenna Roseville CA

    How can President Obama save the Jewish vote?

    No offense to Jews, but do they really think that Republicans are going to really care about them more than Democrats do? They are not wealthy Born Again FAKE Christians.

    As for president Obama, for all that talk of him being a "Muslim", by those same Republicans, he hasn't been too hard handed on the Israelis, just like every other president before him so unless they want him to change his tune maybe they should remember that when he gets re-elected.

    Roseville CA

    September 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  5. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    Jack, is the Jewish vote any more important than my Irish vote?
    Must be a slow news day!

    September 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  6. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    The Jewish vote is not monolithic and given the politics in Israel right now, a break through that lowers tensions tensions is not very likely. Now, if he put Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the ticket with him, or maybe Dianne Feinstein, that might be a game changer – but not with the Hacidim. Maybe Lieberman would help – but I don't see that happening any time soon.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  7. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    The "Jewish Vote" is not a monolithic voting block, Jack. America needs to find a reasonable path in the Middle East since so many of our problems with the Arab world stems from our blind support of Israel. They have gone from plucky people who were attacked by the Arab world four times... and prevailed. To where now even former President Carter refers to the occupation. Sadly, there are no easy solutions to this long term dispute.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  8. ImALibertarian

    Houston –

    The Jewish vote would be Obama's if he were to simply recognize that Israel is a sovereign nation with a history of being able to defend itself.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  9. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    President Obama needs to prove to Jewish community here in the United States that he supports Israel in their fight against terrorist that sends missiles into their country. That he will not pressed the issue to give up more land until the terrorist are defeated.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  10. james in greenville nc

    Jack, I do not know how he can save the Jewish vote but I do know how he will try...........by attacking whoever is running against him. That is pretty much all his record will allow.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  11. Eric

    If he is any good he shouldn't over care. The Jewish voter is seldom a single issue voter, but if the President's stance on the Middle East peace process engenders that, too bad. No politician, particularly an incumbent President can appeal to every single issue voter group. He is unlikely to gain the NRA voter either nor is the Republican contender likely to gain any union voter who sees union power as their defining cause. The President should state his position and why he thinks it is the right position for both the US and Israel, whether Israel currently agrees or not, and then move on. Anything else is a waste of his time.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  12. Rick, Medina, OH


    The good money says he can't! The creation of Israel in 1948 ... a good thing! ... but has triggered so much pain in the world! The world needs a modern-day Solomon!


    September 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  13. Scot, Oakland

    Send more money to Israel from our social security and medicare accounts and continue to veto Palestinians' bid for independence in the UN.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  14. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    He can't now. It's too bad that these people are so set in their ways and believe that we should bow down to Isreal. Either they are Americans or maybe they should go back to their own country. That goes for all groups that believe the US owes them when in fact we all owe the US.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  15. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    Obama should turn to Jesus because Jesus saves.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  16. James in Springfield, VA

    He shouldn't. Religion has no place in politics ever!

    September 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  17. dave in nashville

    If he starts wearing a black wide brimmed hat or yamaka, I'm out of here.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  18. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: He can save the Jewish vote by not going into a delicatessen and ordering a pastrami on white bread while he is on the campaign trail!

    September 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  19. Dee

    In my opinion, Jewish people want for Israel to be able to bully on the other Middle eastern countries and expect the U.S. to back them the entire time. I think that President Obama is calling them out on this behavior and now the Jewish people are upset. Therefore , I don't think that President Obama can save the Jewish vote.

    Houston TX

    September 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  20. chris

    he needs to worry more than the jewish vote he's got the rest of us who dissapprove if him to be relevted again in 2012

    September 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  21. Dennis north carolina

    The only fire out there is the one that the media trying to start with the Jewish people and Obama. Obama has not done any thing that all the past presidents have done. as far as Koch is concern, this give him a spot in the public view. if any one who put the Jew people under the bus is Koch. he turn his back on a fellow Jew. the voter spoke at the ballot for one reason they do not want any more sex scandals which has been a subject in the past of constant sex stories on democrats in office this was a warning todemcrats in new york not Obama.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  22. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Let's see if Israel is willing to become a state? Budget wise, we could lower foreign expenditures, we'd establish military bases in the region. That should end the "Jewish question". Some people might call it a win-win.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  23. calaurore9

    How can Obama get votes in general. We are not "blocks", Jews, Catholics, Hispanics, Women et al. We are people. He'll have to earn each of our votes for whatever reasons we as individuals believe he should.

    Carol in Northampton Ma

    September 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  24. Bert in CA

    Hi Jack, Obama can try playing the facts and logic card that since he was elected there have been no new wars any place and under the last two Republican presidents there have been three; all in the middle east! Obama should say “Today’s GOP are the guys Ike told us to beware; the 'Military-industrial complex.' If you want war in the Middle East, vote for the GOP!”

    September 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  25. Jk from Minnesota

    He really shouldn't have to, Jack and the sad part about it is this groups have forgotten how bad things were in there were Republicans in the White House and both houses of Congress the first 8 years of this Century.

    I'm so tired of the various minority special interest groups not putting this country's interests ahead of those of their group. I find it amusing to see just how thin-skinned these partisan groups are if challenged. I wonder why these groups don't worry more about how together we can improve our country and actually try to leave it better for the next generation like the greatest generation did for those of us who inherited it from them. I bet that generation would be pretty unhappy seeing what has happened to their work.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  26. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Get a Skull Cap?
    Raise TAXES?
    Do a Rain Dance?
    Pound his Shoe on the Table! Pass this Bill !
    Re-Visit Martha's Vineyard?

    September 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  27. John from Alabama

    Jsck: Israel always wants some type of new weapons system for their protection. They usually want it from the United States, or from someone we can get it for them. Give them what they want at a bargain. While at the same time professing your dying love for the State of Israel. If the Israelis destory Irans nuclear capability be happy on the inside, and express your joy privately to the Jewish State. There will always be hatred of one state or another for the Israelis, so just try to keep the peace without sending troops. The Palenstinians will always be at war with Israel, or about to be at war with the Israelis, so just be supportive of the Jewish State.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  28. Mr. D

    Probably nothing short of building a house on the west bank. Where has the "united" gone in the United States. Too many factions pushing agendas in this country. Apparently we can no longer please some of the people some of the time.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  29. Tony from Southport, NC

    Oh, he'll get them back by lying to them. He does it so well and he does it every day.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  30. Pete in Georgia

    How ?
    Follow in the footsteps of Sammy Davis Jr. and become a Jew.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  31. Lori - PA


    Since I have made up my mind that I won't be voting for Obama, there isn't anything he can do to change my mind. To be fair, I won't be voting whoever wins the GOP nomination for President of the United States either.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  32. Ken in Seattle

    The Jewish vote is one of many he needs to worry about saving. One gets the impression his presidency is circling the drain and there doesn't seem to be a plan to avoid going done it. His jobs plan is as feeble, as is his presidency in general. Folks voted for hope and got hopeless. Granted, the Bush Administration and Republicans in congress stuck the Obama Administration with the greatest economic mess in generations but they seem to be in over their collective heads. Of course it doesn't help that Republicans are more concerned about winning in 2012 than about addressing the needs of the American people, the wealthy and corporations excepted, and so are not going to lift a finger fix any of the problems.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  33. Bill of New Mexico

    As important as the Jewish vote may be, Obama has lost the vote of the Independents.

    Obama took a couple of months to decide on his "owning" the Afghanastan War. The dithering was as frustrating as the decision. This decision should have been made during the campaign and made known to the voters so that the voters could have known what they were "getting!" How many votes did this decision gain Obama?

    While the Democratic Congress made a mess and called it a health care bill, Obama sat in the White House with his back to what was happening. Obama's weird indifference was as frustrating as the Democratic Congress. How many votes did this weird sitting in the corner staring at the corner get Obama?

    The only thing that will allow Obama to save enough groups in order to save his re-election is a Time Machine!

    September 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  34. ken, atlantic city, nj

    If jewish voters care more about israel than the u.s. they are not worth saving. Israel is doing just fine thanks to the annual billions in economic and military aid from the u.s. What can obama do to save the italian, irish, german, french, russian, polish, korean, indian, chinese, cuban, mexican, lebanese, syrian, iranian, palestinian, and every other ethnic group voter in the u.s.?

    September 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  35. Lori - PA


    Since I have made up my mind that I won't be voting for Obama, there isn't anything he can do to change my mind. To be fair, I won't be voting whoever wins the GOP nomination for President of the United States either. Unless, of course, someone I do like, and who isn't trying to eliminate the Middle Class (and all we hold dear), enters the GOP race.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  36. Joe

    Why should President Obama sacrifice everything for the favor of ONE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP? Whether it is the Jewish vote or some other special interest focusing on narrow politics is what has caused our nation to fall on its' face.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    September 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  37. Ron

    Lets hope he can't.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  38. Mike M, Sacramento

    I don't know that he needs to really. Israel isn't a part of the US other than strategic. With the Arab Spring and growing support for a Palestinian state, Israel could become more of a problem than a help. The GOP might be just a bit too conservative for the Jews anyway. Especially when you throw the Evangelical element into the mix.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  39. Richard C.

    Hey, Jack; Why are you only mentioning one specific group that has lost faith in Obama? Many of us Italians think he has dropped the ball once too often and does not deserve a second term.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  40. Omar

    The US position with regards to the Middle East remains as it has been for decades now: absolutely and unconditionally pro-Israel. The US this month will likely veto a Palstinian bid for statehood at the UN. What the Palestinians seek is human equality, something Obama should understand as a man who's immersed himself in the Civil Rights story for most of his life. And yet he will threaten the Palestinians and veto their aspirations of being a nation. Isn't sacrificing all of one's supposed principles a high enough price for the Jewish vote?

    September 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  41. Loren

    Unless President Obama does a 180 on Israel, which I don't see happening, he's already lost a good portion of that vote. The President is looking more and more like a one-timer, and not because he's not principled, but more because his principles aren't in keeping with the rest of America. But then did anyone expect anything different from someone who was raised outside the United States, got his education from Ivy League schools and worked as a community organizer?

    Only in America do we expect a leopard to change its spots.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  42. John B

    There are only about 6 million jews in Israel. Bring them all to New York City and they can be free at last.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  43. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Some nice chicken soup? It can't hurt.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  44. Doug

    He could give them the Southwest. Doug. Pepperell. MA.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  45. david

    the jewish vote only cares about israel.obama could mess with moral continental and the jewish vote would be satisfied as long as u.s. is used to help israel...its easy for obama to manipulate eric cantor ,since he only cares about israel not virginia

    September 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  46. Harold in Alaska

    How does Obama save the Jewish Vote? Same way as saving the Non-Jewish Vote... "False Promises, Lies and a "Really Good Story"...

    September 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  47. James (Denver)

    Are the Jews rejecting yet another Messiah? I don't know what Obama can do. I hear even dying and rising from the dead isn't enough to convince but a minority to follow you.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  48. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    Very simple Jack. Obama needs to blame the "Burning Bush" for everything that ails the Jewish Vote, then promise them that he'll part the Red Sea and lead them to the Promise Land, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  49. bob z fr ,pa.

    the question should be how can we save the country from obama

    September 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  50. Bill in S. TX

    If President Obama has any chance of winning again in 2012 he must go on TV/radio/internet and announce that he will NOT campaign at all as he will only the Executive branch of the government.
    Then every morning and every evening provide a news conference showing what needs to be done and naming the exact politicians who are serving the corporations and their rich owners and those who are using common sense and doing their job of representing the middle class Americans.
    Win or not it is the right thing to do.
    Am not going to hold my breath. The propaganda machine is too influential.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  51. Karl in Flint

    I don't know how he can get the Jewish vote back, if it is lost, but if the Jews elect a President Wing Nut, they will get what they ask for. If they think Obama threw Israel under the bus, and they do need some reigning in, wait until they see what the Mormon, the Other Texan or the crazy congresswoman from Minnesota do. It won't be pretty.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  52. Barbara

    This is ridiculous. There is no way the President can cater to each and every group. He can't please some of the people some of the time, and he can't please all of the people all of the time. His job is to do what is right for the country, which I think he is trying to do. Wake up people! You can't expect him to be 100% in your corner all the time. There are too many elements for him to consider. I think he is doing a great job.

    From Cocoa, Fl.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  53. margie from phoenix

    Jack the question should be can he save any votes. He ran on change what he meant was lets don't change anything infact just keep the system the same. Lie , cheat , and steal as much as you can from the america tax payer what a great system

    September 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  54. Gigi Oregon

    In my opinion, if the Jewish community will listen to their scriptures and not the religious right, they will stay with the Democratic party. The religious right with the help of Jerry Falwell (and others) betrayed many Christians to vote Republican and we got one of the saddest chain of events in the history of the United States... If we care about the Lord...and care for the poor, our parents, the orphans, widows and the stranger in our land. We'll know we are in a country that we can say ..."in God we trust". And not put our faith in a trickle down corporate America.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  55. Dan Stuckey, MN

    Real or imposters, Jack?

    September 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  56. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Quit telling the truth about the persecution of the Palestinians. And get back into the denial all the other Presidents had.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  57. Ron WPAFB

    It's really no problem, Jack. The jewish vote is safe if the Dems choose qualified people for the House and Senate. The Demcratic Pary officials are letting the candidates down, not the President. By next November, everything will be all right, except the country will be broke and jobless due to the REPUBLICANS!

    September 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  58. Minesh Baxi

    Jack, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice – shame on me. If Jews give Obama another chance, they obviously do not seem to understand that Obama is a big fan of Muslim nations. He sees Israel as the problem not the Arab countries.On top of it – I do not think he really believes in God anyway unless you spell GOD as BHO.- Minesh Baxi, Troy, MI

    September 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  59. bud rupert

    Now worries! This time aorund the ineptness and insanity in the GOP will take care of that issue. What Jack – you think they'll vote for Rick Perry? That plus the President is a smart, likeable and a good man doing the best he can in an untenable situation. And anybody with a brain knows it. His base will come home when it's time to vote.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  60. Jim, Denver CO


    I don't think he needs to worry too much about them because the alternative from the Republicans thrill them even less. The Jewish community, like other minority groups, need to drop the "us" rhetoric and sign on with the "we" focus Obama has. As in WE the people of the United States, ALL of us.

    The president has some serious problems at home to deal with first. Once some of those things get cleaned up the U.S. can get back to fully supporting Isreal. Because if we fall apart here then they will be totally alone over there. And neither side wants that to happen.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  61. Randy

    He shouldn't even try. A population who only shows any loyalty to their benefactor when said benefactor is doling out billions of dollars and weapons to a FOREIGN country doesn't deserve to even vote in my opinion. Cut off all foreign aid and trade deals until the country is FIRMLY back on it's feet, and Obama would win in a landslide.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  62. scott

    For starters, the President needs to pander more to Jewish people however it may be too little too late. He has to make sure Israel has enough American supplies to blast its intruders. Plus the President should get one of those hats, look cool, and try to fit in.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  63. David from Vancouver

    Be a republicans. They've throw him under the bus.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  64. Dave

    First he can reassure that He is behind Israel 100% and do that by not giving in to anymore border changes with the Palastinians. The key to that being letting Israel understand that we will not abandon them after we leave Iraq and Afghanistan. Second he can reassure those states voters that he has taken social security and Medicare off the bargaining table for cuts. He must convince them that he will fight and not give up anymore ground to the Republican Party. They are in trouble and they know it. I would not worry about polls because they are easily manipulated by the media. The media has elected the last two Presidents by running untrue ads that no one seems willing to fact check. Unfortunately it is sad that many people believe them.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  65. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    If the media would correct the people who lie about Obama's position on Israel's borders, that would be a good start.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  66. Rick McDaniel

    I think NY's special election, clearly shows he can't. He demonstrated an amazing disregard for history, and the Israeli alliance, with his proposals, and I don't see him being able to be seen as friendly to Hebrews of the world, much less Israel.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  67. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    The latest special election added two more Republicans to this do-nothing-Congress. That will be enough of a wake up call to turn out the Jewish vote for Obama in 2012, because no sector of the electorate will be more aware of the Republican war on Social Security and Medicare than the Jewish Sector.

    As far as Israel goes, Obama is more popular than Netanyahu. Polls show that Israelis agree with Obama's goal of a Palestinian state and a policy of land for peace. Koch is the one out of step with Israelis.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  68. Dave

    President Obama is not Rep. Anthony Wiener. It was Wiener's vote to lose, not necessarily Obama's.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  69. dude

    Jack, I'm a liberal democrat, and I feel neglected. I'm going third party!

    September 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  70. Mark Trudeau (Carson City, NV)

    Care about 1% of the active votes for the presidency? Now why is this such an issue to ask, because this like saying, President Obama is very worried about saving the 3 Eyed Speckled-Toe Frog vote. Oh, unless you're taking about special interest money, then it's completely opposite.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  71. Angus

    Why would someone court a electorate that is less than 1.4%? Is it special?

    September 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  72. B

    The Jewish population in the US needs to realize that there are worse things than not giving in to everything Israel wants. Any of the Republican nominees' current crazy talk is a short hop skip and a jump to Anti-Semitic rhetoric.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  73. Gail, Plano TX.

    I don't know the answer to this one, Jack. Apparently, Jews do not want Palestine to have its own state. It has ever been thus. So, anyone who takes this stand, will obviously lose the Jewish vote. Funny isn't it that a group of people that gave been persecuted for centuries, do not want Palestine to have their own government. Very childish behavior.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  74. Ben Fogel

    Jews make up less than .2% of the United States. Even if Obama saves the Jewish vote, it won't help him get re-elected.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  75. Curmudgeon in Centereach

    Can you say... Bar Mitzvah?

    September 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  76. RickN

    Speaking as an American Jew, I'm much more concerned about what our country might look like after 4 or 8 years of a republican administration. Israel is in a better position to defend itself against its enemies than reasonable intelligent people are able to do so against an onslaught of t party people.
    Rick in Allentown, PA

    September 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  77. D

    I am still trying to understand whose vote Obama was trying to win when he was so utterly stupid in saying that Israel should go back to previous borders.

    Remember when Israel left Gaza? How did that turn out?

    Obama would 100% lose my vote for many reasons, this included if the alternatives weren't a flip flopping Mormon and Evangelical Christian soldier lunatic.

    THAT is why he will get re-elected, b/c Romney and Perry are so scary.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  78. Joe from Brigantine, NJ

    Just agree with everything that Israel wants to do no matter what the consequences for America. Pretty simple heh?

    September 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  79. katie

    I think you're missing the point about the special election loss in New York. The media is purposely leaving out the main reason for the loss and that was the Democratic candidate's vote for gay marriage many weeks ago. Orthodox Jews do not believe in gay marriage.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  80. Tom (Atlanta)

    The President has not made many friends with influential people. The Jewish vote is lost. And, our Jewish friends are some of the most influential in the world and most certainly people with Jewish ancestry are often "rollers-and-shakers" and influential in this country. The President blew it, I think their support is now lost. I think Hillary blew it too. Not great statesmanship on her part, and I don't think there is anything ol' Joe can do or say to save it now either. Too bad. The guy just never got that "presidential leadership thing".

    September 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  81. Brian Smith

    Jack, is it not enough for Obama to back Israel at any cost? Doesn't that give him the Jewish vote on a platter?

    September 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  82. Chris, Bx., NY

    @ Joe from Brigantine, NJ........you speak the truth!

    September 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  83. Dan in Aluququerque

    He can strongly assert that the U.S. will defend Israel, if necessary, as it always has. But, in order to have any kind of relations with Arab countries, the U.S. cannot ignore the building of settlements in areas tha are in contention. He should make it clear that any new Palestinian State must publicly revoke terrorism and that a state run by a known terrorist organization will not be approved by our counry, and that Israel must halt building of those settlements.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  84. Ethan from Florida

    If President Obama wants to save the Jewish vote he needs to take a more favorable stance on Israel. The way he has been treating Prime Minister Netanyahu is like a third world dictator such as not allowing PM Netanyahu, who is a head of state, to use the front door of the White House when visiting. Israel is only truly democratic state in the entire Middle East. Depending on which branch of Judaism that someone belongs to will also probably determine which 2012 Presidential candidate that Jews will vote for.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  85. Nad

    I don't think he should care to save jewish vote but instead save America. America needs to stand up what is founded – peace, justice and liberty. Sometimes it may need tough love. so be it? Our first duty is to American interest then everybody else.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  86. jeff in hawaii

    Not to sound anti-Semetic, but who cares? The Jewish vote is 3% of the population. What about saving the Roman Catholic vote? 4% there. The Atheist vote? 16% there? How about saving the vote of the 1 in 6 families whose parents are unemployed or underemployed and can't make ends meet. How about saving the vote of people who cannot find work? Forget the religion and ethnicity Jack. Obama has a lot more to worry about than saving the Jewish vote.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  87. Brett in Las Vegas

    What can Obama do to save the Jewish vote? Act like his predecessors and be supportive of Israel as an ally. But how will America's first Muslim president be supportive of his relegion's declared enemy? He's so toast in 2012.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  88. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    Obama can try to save the Jewish vote the same way he can anyone else's vote by getting America's economy back on track, more disposable income into the pockets of all Americans, paying down the national debt and balancing the budget. The issue isn't regaining popularity with any particular ethnic group, "it's the economy, stupid."

    September 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  89. michael(Montreal, Qc)

    If Obama wants to win his next election he'll need the Jews vote and he will get it by showing to his citizens and to the world that he is with Israel. Their is more than 5 million Jews living in the United State ,this could affect a lot the elections. Israel is a country that only defends itself , their army is the IDF( Israel Defence Forces), and protect their citizens.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  90. Ken in NC

    I think he can save the Jewish vote by posing this question to the Jewish people. When you look at what Republicans are doing to the rest of the country, do you want them to do the samething to the Jewish people. If so, vote for them. If not, hold your nose and vote for Obama.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  91. Eric - Hotlanta

    Obama is not going to get the Jewish vote back or the independents or even center democrats. Obama cannot change course as he actually completely believes in what he is doing. He thinks Israel is too strong and needs to be cut down to size. He believes that Palestinians should be rewarded for their terrorism and be given a country. Obama is not able to change course and the vast majority of Americans do not agree with his direction on many things, not just on Israel. The vast majority of Americans now see through Obama and it is an ugly picture and not one they wnat to see again after Nov. 2012.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  92. George, Dallas, TX

    Jack – I don't want him to save their vote – I WANT THEM TO VOTE HIM OUT!!! He's the most worthless POTUS ever.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  93. How Obama can save the Jewish vote.

    There is only one sure fire way to not only save the Jewish vote, but also guarantee it, move the US embassy to Jerusalem. Jews will remain Dems for decades to come....

    September 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  94. Graham Jura

    Here's an even better question: Why must he? This unconditional support for Israel is only hurting the United States. We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001, we probably better remember where we were on September 20, 2011 when the Palestinians proceed (and rightfully so) to be recognized in the U.N. Security Council and the U.S. uses veto power to block it. You think arabs hate us now? Just wait....

    September 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  95. barbara in nc

    Send more money like the republicans do? Maybe give them more tax cuts?

    September 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  96. Michael Rutkowski

    I think that American Jews should vote what's good for the US first, then worry about Israel. If they choose Israel above the US then maybe they should just move there. Remember Jewish vote is important to every politician here, but right now the world is starting to get uneasy with the recent events involving Israel and the unstable middle east... Once the world opinion starts to favor Palestinians then the Jewish Vote here is not going to make a difference.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  97. Daniel

    This is a red herring. He has not lost the Jewish vote. I am Jewish and not voting for Obama becuase Israel is not my concern. I am American and I am worried about the direction of this country and I think he is the better person for the job. I know MANY Jews who feel the same way.
    Ed Koches endorsement t and the fact the republican who won the district mine as be a moderate democrat if you look at his stances are just local politics.
    The media is making a big deal out of nothing.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  98. JayDeeT

    I didn't think there was a "Jewish" vote to be saved. In 2008, Jews split their voting, generally, along the lines of the general voting public. Jews who oppose Obama today opposed him in 2008. However, there are white middle class independents who are Jews, also, who may not support Obama in 2012, so does this mean that he lost the "Jewish" vote? Today, the reality is that Jewish voters who will not vote form him are more convinced of their opposition to him since his policies in the Middle East have been consistently weak and ineffective.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  99. Maxine Macha (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)

    I think at this point even converting won't save him!

    September 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  100. Norris Gaynor

    Jack, I'm Jewish and can guarantee you that I'm not voting for any of the current Repulbican candidates. Shalom.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  101. Dave R

    Show them his birth certificate from Jerusalem

    September 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  102. John Altanta

    How can Jack save any integrity. The jewish vote is just fine. You start with a phoney premise as meet for the dogs that hate the president because the right cannot survive in the sunlight. They must spin, lie, and cheat to have any prayer of getting elected.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  103. Ernest marzan

    By declaring the Arab world the enemy of America. Misery loves company.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  104. Steve - Palm Beach Gardens, Fl

    Go to Isreal and make a world-wide apology speech to all Jews around the world for HIS shortcomings, like he did in Egypt to Arabs/Muslims...shame-shame.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  105. Phil Creek

    He probably can't. Like African Americans, Women, Progressive Voters, Obama has ostracised many in the Jewish community. Like Jimmy Carter, he's about to learn what happens when you don't dance with the voters who brung you...

    September 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  106. BRUCE

    Hi Jack !

    He would have to take that big 747 he loves so much – fly to Tel Aviv – then take his new big bus – drive into Jersulam – then get down on his knees and PRAY!



    September 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  107. Frank, VA

    President Obama needs to throw the middle class and the US under the bus to get reelected. What is wrong with us?

    September 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  108. Ray from Cecil County Maryland

    The Jewish community is a tight knit group that takes care of it self and helps others. They could possibly be the Tea Party of the Democrats. The President is going to have support Israel with out question. But our Congress persons waver and don't come out strongly for Israel. I don't think the President has a problem, the Democratic Party has the problem.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  109. Ed Fertik

    He would need to turn Jews stupid to get their vote. Obama never even speaks of Hamas and Hezbollah, the heavily Palestinian terror groups whose mission it is to destroy Israel no matter what its size. Jack.....if Israel was the size of your living room Hamas and Hezbollah would still want to destroy it. Everyone knows this except Obama and the terrorists. Jews would need to go insane to support a person who is blatantly anti- Israel.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  110. maciek

    Obama should make Israel the 51st state ! lol

    September 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  111. Nick in VA

    He could find God and convert.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  112. How Obama can save the Jewish vote.

    From Jack,

    "Not to sound anti-Semetic, but who cares? The Jewish vote is 3% of the population."

    Number wise, we mean very little. But money is the name of the game, and the Jews are one of the biggest (if not the very biggest) contributors to the Dems. The reason for this article is Jewish money and influence, not voting numbers.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  113. Simon Lawrence

    Hi Jack, does this mean that Jewish voters are more concerned with Isael than the US?

    September 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  114. Blueshound9

    Obama has already come out in favor of the Palestinians so the answer is NO he cannot save the Jewish vote. He also cannot save the gay vote, the moderate vote, the progressive vote and he never had the conservative vote. Obama is finished.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  115. Stu Scharaga

    The president would do everybody a favor, not just the jews, and just not run again!

    September 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  116. lindaglenn

    Jack! Obama is having a hard time saving our economy the man is not God the Jewish is on their own just like the rest of us.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  117. Owen, Canada

    By stop listening to you Jack:

    September 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  118. Chuck Wright, Georgia

    You think Jews all vote Democratic? Makes things simpler for spinning. The Jews are well represented in the Political arena of the US. They are supreme trouble makers and need to be given a back seat for about ten years.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  119. Bob from Indiana

    President Obama would du us all a favor if he learned the words of former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar who said:

    "Israel is our first line of defence in a turbulent region that is constantly at risk of descending into chaos...Israel is on the front lines in the fight against extremism. If Israel goes down, we all go down".

    September 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  120. Susan NJ

    He can save the Jewish vote the sam way he can save every other vote. The nations credit was downgraded because unlike every other Pres. faced with the same dilema he refused to raise the debt cieiling saying he did not know if it was legal. He also said we voted for Republicans and this is how it works in a bi partisan gov't. He was punishing us for vitoing Republican. We have a debt crisis and now he will fix it by getting us deeper into debt. The Jewish people are no different from the rest of us. We want this Pres. to think the country is more important than he is and fix the problems he and his party created.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  121. Mike (philadelphia PA)

    I believe that the left leaning Jews may stay home during this election and the right leaning Jews will be lost unless Israeli MK Elon's peace plan (recognizing Jordan's Hashemite monarchy as the sole representative of the Palestinian people and negotiating with that entity, see http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/123840) is embraced. Other than that, it would take a miracle. I am a registered democrat who voted for Obama, but if the Republicans put up a moderate such as Huntsman or if Mrs. Clinton took up the banner, I'd veer towards them in a heartbeat.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  122. fair

    he has to tell the truth about what the republican agenda is. All intelligent voters will see thru the hipocrosy of the Rep Tea party...just keep saying NO and then keep blaming the President. Wehn ALL issues are considered, all he needs to do is keep telling the truth...keep sending the message! The republicans have a plan, of course...but it will hurt more americans..they will continue to squeeze the middle class out and hurt the poor...and they call themselves christians?

    September 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  123. Tom

    Just like every other president in the last half-century, Mr. Obama has stated categorically that he supports Israel unconditionally. The problem is that CNN along with all of the other media outlets still somehow relate the opinions of millions of Jewish-Americans who have been living here for generations directly with US-Israeli relations, more so then is at all applicable. Jewish Americans care about the same thing that all Americans care about, employment, the environment, the honor and support of our service members and electing leaders that actually represent their constituency and not special interests. Mr. Cafferty, as an obviously intelligent journalist I'm sure you're already well aware of this. No more Jewish-American stigma in relation to Israel!

    September 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  124. steve - virginia beach

    We've learned enough about Obama that the only way he can save any vote is by buying it with our tax dollars.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  125. Sam from Connecticut

    To save the Jewish vote, President Obama needs to get this economy going again. While his tone on Israel is important, it is the economy that is priority one on every American's mind.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  126. Ralph Spyer from Chicago Illinois

    Do jewish American care more about America or Israeli ? The Palestinians will hold a vote on statehood at the U.N . this month , over a 135 counthys will vote yes. Obama and the U.S. will veto statehood for the Palestinian, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Morocco, Malaysia, Jordan,Iran, Algeria, Indonesia,Lebanon, Libya, Singapore,and Pakistan about 20% of the world population will hold us accountable.In WW2 27 million Russians were killed , 24 million chinese ,the Russian live in peace with the Germans the Chinese live in paece with the Japanese. Dual citizenship has no place for a American congress man or woman.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  127. Linda Jones

    I am Jewish and there is no such thing as the "Jewish vote". First of all Jews are pretty independent thinkers and we come in all stripes and political persuasions. Most of the Jews in that Congressional district are very Orthodox Jews and while I respect their beliefs I do not share most of them. There are Jews who believe Israel can do no wrong and then there are the rest of us who believe in a two state solution. I still believe in this President. No,not everything has gone swimmingly but I believe he is really trying and that when you have the opposition party willing to do anything to bring you down, even take the country with you, then you have a very strong headwind to have to fight through.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  128. Tony Buono

    He should focus elsewhere, like the athiest vote. Jews make up less than 3% of the population of the US.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  129. Larry in Houston

    Jack -Carville is right – except he's not saying that Obama is done for – he's saying words such as "Panic" and "fire them" If I were in Obamas shoes – I would make the best of it – I would play the "Lame Duck" scenario for the next 14 months – and have the chefs from the white house kitchen feed me porterhouse steaks on a daily basis – have the wait staff bring me margaritas every evening – invite my friends to a basketball game every other day, and basically, shall I say, "Kick Back" for the next 14 months.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  130. How Obama can save the Jewish vote.

    Graham Jura –

    So if you support the Jews then you deserve to have your innocent civilians murdered by a bunch of evil jihadists? If that is your arguement then I would say that America is a very good country for being the only nation to not hand the Jews to the wolves.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  131. Avi

    Since Jews face the same American scene that gentiles face, the president and the Democrats should aggressively promote their program to stimulate the economy and promote job growth.

    Blue Springs, Missouri

    September 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  132. mike hendrix

    He's a empty suit as far as Israel is concerned. They need to help vote him out.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  133. Dennis

    (to be said in a Yiddish accent )
    Barak is like chicken soup...
    He may not help, but he couldn't hurt (hoit)!
    I hate voting the lesser of evils, so what good choices do Jews have?

    September 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  134. Dan K

    If the Republicans and the Tea Party candidates keep sticking their feet in their mouths, Obama won't have to worry. Eventually they will say something stupid about the Jews and the problem will take care of itself! Fortunatly,there is no cure for Foot-in-mouth disease!

    Dan K Owens Cross Roads, Alabama

    September 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  135. diane dagenais turbide

    Deliver a two states peace solution on a silver plater! But wait! You actually need leaders that actually really do want to work for a two states peace solution! Wait! President Obama does! Anyone else?

    September 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  136. Joe in Decatur, Illinois

    He needs to get a backbone. President Obama has great ideas, but no follow-through. It's one thing to be a gentleman President, but sometimes you got to mix it up and get your nose bloodied once in awhile. I just find it interesting for a man who loves basketball he's not applying most of the things you learn on the court to his Presidency. Get your head in the game, Mr. President, and quick!!!

    September 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  137. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    Well, he can stop visiting mosques everytime he is overseas. But since I don't want to save the Jewish vote, I guess I won't tell him.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  138. BigToots (Colorado)

    I'm more concerned about what is best for the U.S. of America and that may or may not be what the so-called "Jewish vote" wants. There has never been any meaningful peace in that part of the world since Cain killed Abel. I doubt there ever will be. Everyone thinks they have God on their side.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  139. fedupwithnonpatriots

    most americans are fed up with supporting israel to our detriment with the middle-east, but they say it privately otherwise they are labeled anti-semetic. now that jews are holding our politicians hostage by not putting israeli interests ahead of america, then those jews need to move to israel, join their military service and fight for what they want. instead, they always asked other people to do their fighting. what is the percentage of jews in america, based on their population, are in the u.s. military? i bet their percentage is low to nil.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  140. marybeth, massachusetts


    What a question. That's like asking how do you solve the problems in the Middle East or problems in marriage....there's no solution.

    I don't think he should worry about it unduly. From what I've seen, Jewish voters aren't monolithic or single-issue voters–unlike the so-called "pro-life" voters, the anti-gay anything voters, and NRA voters. But....throwing Israel under the bus when Israel has been one of the U.S.'s supporters isn't too smart. Israel is gutsy and tough; they're surrounded by enemies, yet they've survived for 63 years despite the odds and despite being attacked many, many times. I'm not well-versed enough in the more recent Israel-Palestine conflict, but it seems to me that there's plenty of blame to go around–Palestinians lob bombs and missiles at Israel, Israel retaliates. Israel attacks Palestine, Palestians retaliate. I think that even if Israel ceased to exist as a country, there would still be conflict in that part of the world, only it would be Arabs fighting Arabs.

    If Obama is losing support among Jews, it isn't solely because of Israel but because he's shown himself to be a closet Republican on other issues that matter to them–issues that matter to the middle class, like JOBS, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, continued tax breaks and cuts for the über-wealthy, lack of support for education, throwing unions under the bus, and more.

    It isn't just the Jewish vote he should be worried about, but about the women's vote, the what's left of the middle class vote, the Hispanic vote.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  141. Liz Houlihan

    I am so sick and tired of the Democrats being held hostage during every election regarding the Jewish vote. America is more important than Israel despite the conservative Jewish people who support it. Are we going to be guided by racist actions against our first Black president, or vote for a man who has already made a difference to the US.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  142. Ralph Nelson

    Announce that he is not a candidate for the presidency and won't accept renomination.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  143. Bill G in Tucson AZ

    Jack. I don't think he has to do anything. Even though the polls show that he is down to about 30% approval rating, can another fours years be any worse than what the GOP has in store for us. Some want to dismantle social security and medicare/medicaid. Another wants to shut down FEMA. Our choices this coming election are really dismal. Does it really matter whether we destroy our government thru backruptcy or just simply close down whatever department someone thinks isn't effective. Rather than picking someone who wants to completely get rid of social security or FEMA, Obama may not be the worse choice.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  144. Walker

    If the President could somehow seperate and distinguish the Jewish people from the hard right Israeli government and appeal to those Jewish people who regard themselves as Americans of Jewish descent and not Jews who happen to be American. Can you imagine for example if the Italians were driven by national loyalty to their homeland; or the Irish, or the Spanish etc., we would be in a fine fix wouldn't we.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  145. Ceemak. La.

    I guess we can blame Weiners, weiner for this loss......such a fool....but I dont know that all Jews will Vote Republican either......it might mean we have poor choices for candidates....There are many people who may not be wild about Obama, but not will not vote Republican/Tp.......

    September 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  146. marybeth, massachusetts


    Maybe he could add Debbie Wasserman Schultz or Gabbie Giffords or Barney Frank to the ticket as VP....

    September 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  147. Pamela

    America has given way too much support to Israel for much too long. We should stop sending them money and let them make it on their own. One reason Musllims hate us so much is because of the support we have given Israel over the Palestinians for too long. We need to stay out of middle east business and take care of ourselves. Israel has way too much influence in the U.S. Goverment foreign policy, and they don't have a clean slate themselves.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  148. Liz Houlihan

    The media are making too much of the so called "Jewish vote." The American jews are a diverse group and should not be lumped together.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  149. William in Daytona Beach Florida

    Yes they'll vote for him just look at the other choices..they all tote bibles. Oh by the way Jack: are you Saved?

    September 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  150. mike in fla

    He could change his name to Barack Abraham Obama

    September 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  151. Adam K

    It's very selfish of Jewish voters to not vote just because of Israel. There is a lot more going on in America (not Israel) that needs a good leader for. Healthcare, Education, Jobs, Economy, Wars, etc. Jewish people that are not voting because of Israel need to start caring more about America. They live in America. Just because Obama is for the Palestinians, doesn't mean he is actually making any progress.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  152. Dave

    Is there a hidden religious meaning here; a Christian saving the Jews?

    September 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  153. harry from co..

    First of all, the Jewish vote represents less than 2% of the population which also happens to be the same percentage of people benefiting from US economic policies.

    Second, the Jewish vote is split amongst Zionist/neocon Likud-Ergun party types and traditional Judaic Jews who are protesting in the streets of Israel because they are not getting any benefits from the "tribute money" American taxpayers pay in 'aid" to Israel in order for AIPAC to distribute among our gutless politicians and dual citizens to follow orders from Tel Aviv.

    So how can Obama save the Jewish vote? He must Pledge Allegiance to Israel, start reading the Talmud and forget about America like many presidents before him...

    September 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  154. Tony Buono

    Must be a slow news day! Mixing religion and politics so blatantly should be outlawed. He shouldn't worry about 3% of the population. How about trying to unite people instead of separating them! He should just focus on how much of a lunatic Rick Perry is.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  155. Joshua Ludd

    Too tough on Israel? Are you kidding me?

    September 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  156. Marvin

    Obama might do well to stop sucking up to every tin pot dictator on the planet. It wouldn't hurt to get a Bar Mitzva. Such a deal!

    September 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  157. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    They are already Gods Chosen. What more do they want? He has participated in over thowing Israels enemies in Egypt, Libya, and now he is working on Syria. Really, what more do they want? Oh, I know: they want him to support their settlements in Palestinian territory, and their raids and blockaids on Gaza. Nobody supports those things. So, I guess over thowing Israels neighbors will have to do.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  158. harry from co..

    First of all, the Jewish vote represents less than 2% of the population which also happens to be the same percentage of people benefiting from US economic policies.

    Second, the Jewish vote is split amongst Zionist/neocon Likud-Ergun party types and traditional Judaic Jews who are protesting in the streets of Israel because they are not getting any benefits from the "tribute money" American taxpayers pay in 'aid" to Israel in order for AIPAC to distribute among our gutless politicians and dual citizens to follow orders from Tel Aviv.

    So how can Obama save the Jewish vote? He must Pledge his Allegiance to Israel, start reading the Talmud and forget about America like many presidents before him...

    September 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  159. Brian

    Most Jews vote straight Democrat because they like the party platform. I don't think Obama will make much difference no matter what he says or does.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  160. Tony 140

    How's he going to save the Jewish vote? He has insulted their Prime Minister – twice; he shows no regard for their history, does not appreciate their strategic position in the Middle East, downplays our ally relationship and he coddles to their sworn enemies. It's amazing that the Jewish people have stuck with him this long. Oh and I forgot, I am sure that he suports the President of Iran speaking at Columbia University. I am sure that it will be an beneficial "intellectual" exchange.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  161. Lucas from Massachusetts

    As a Jewish voter, I can tell you that support for Israel is mandatory for any president, Democrat or Republican, to receive my vote. The United States (and to some extent Great Britain) is literally the only country standing in the way of the destruction of the state of Israel. That being said, I don't think Obama is in any danger whatsoever of losing the Jewish vote. The special election results mean nothing. NY's 9th Dems had no reason to go vote. Come on, it's one seat. It won't change a thing in that House of Shmucks. But come 2012 I can't imagine that Jewish voters would forsake common sense and rationality for any of those brainless Republican candidates.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  162. LA Belle

    Jews that survived the holocaust were saved at the end of WW11. End of story.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  163. Peg from NY

    He cannot save the Jewish vote. He has rendered himself a slice of stale matzoh. The Jewish vote is up for grabs and they are not alone. The upcoming election is fast becoming a nightmare...with no end in sight. Yikes.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  164. Barry -Cumming, GA

    He needs to acknowledge that Jerusalem is now and will always be the capitol of Israel. Jewish voters abandoned Hillary Clinton because they thought Obama could bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinians. As long as Hamas and Hezbollah seek the destruction of Israel, rather than a Palestinian state, there will never be a Palestinian state.Hamas and Hezbollah need to be neutralized. If Obama can do that he will have the Jewish vote.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  165. subiedude

    The only way Obama can save the Jewish vote and himself is to bomb the sh&t out of Iran to shut down the nuke plants.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  166. Nancy, Tennessee

    This nation has always supported and been a friend of Israel. President Obama needs to review our history with them and make amends accordingly. Then he needs to never forget what he learned. From a Christian perspective.God Blesses the nations that bless Israel is not an empty promise. We need all the blessings we can get.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  167. RASTAMAN.

    Why must President Obama, have about the Jewish vote? Because Ed Koch feel that every President of the USA, should be the President of Israel? I voted for him to be the President of the United States of America, not Israel. Why must it be, that every time anyone have state the facts to Israel, must be either an anti-Semite, or a hater of Israel?

    I am tired of the United States foreign and other policies, being hijacked by those who think that everything we the USA does, must be predicated by Israel. They did in Former Mayor David Dinkins, after all he did for Israel, so this is nothing new to the American public.
    They did in President Carter, and a host of others. I want our President to focus on AMERICA.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  168. Molly

    Obama cannot do anything about anything because he is being sabatoged from every direction. Starting with the disgusting obstructionists (Republicans) to the companies holding on to billions of dollars instead of hiring. If I wouldn't be cutting my nose to spite my face I would say, "elect one of your damn repubs/tea party for president and see what you get." I cannot believe how many dumb people there are. This country does not deserve Obama as president!

    September 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  169. Mark Jeffery Koch

    Barack Obama has increased aid to Israel at a time millions of Americans lost their homes and millions of Americans lost their jobs. He has protected Israel at the U.N. every single time, and intelligence and military cooperation between the two countries is at its highest level ever.

    He called for negotiations based on the 1967 borders with land swaps which is not only the official American position for the past forty years but a position endorsed by the previous four Israeli Prime Ministers except the current one who came to this country last May and proceeded to lecture the country responsible for giving it more aid than any other country in the world (including aid America gives to the top ten poorest countries combined.)

    Israeli's are furious our President supposedly let their friends, the dictators in Tunesia and Egypt be overthrown, but how could America prop up oppressive dictators and tyrants who deprived their citizens of freedom and gave them a life of abject poverty while the leaders lived an opulent lifestyle? How dare Israeli's criticize our government for supporting people who were living under a dictatorship and wanted freedom?

    If the American people ever read the poisonous and hate filled comments about our President on Israeli online media sites they would be sickened. The problem is that Israel is a country today that has right wing leaders who do not want a resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict and who cater to the settlers who continue to illegally expropriate more and more Palestinian land.

    Obama wants a fair and just solution to the conflict and wants a State of Palestine living next to a secure and safe State of Israel. Israels leaders do not want this. They want the Palestinians to disappear and for daring to try to work for a day when there are two States living side by side in peace the right wing here and in America are hell bent on destroying Obama. In the end they are only hurting Israel, and that is very sad.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  170. horace

    George Washington in his farewell speech warned about " pasionate attachment" to a foreign country. Israel as a controlling issue is a real problem. The Woodlands , Texas

    September 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  171. Bill

    I am not political, but I think that Obama is a rather good man and a good president! Maybe this will help him save the Jewish, and the Christian, vote.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  172. Dennis

    I think Jewish voters should vote for the Republican Tea Party – who want to cut off all funding for Foreign aid – and want to stop involvement and meddling in the issues of counries overseas – including Israel! maybe that would work for them better!

    September 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  173. Jt_flyer

    I'm amazed that the Jewish community would vote for a mob of Christian fanatics. You're making a big mistake but it's yours to make. You're condoning a new Christian crusade. I hope you fare better with this one.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  174. George from Florida

    Don't save it , It's time that the United States stopped protecting Israel. Charles de Gaulle said in the Fifties to Ben Gurion that he should stop calling Jews to Israel, because Israel is so small he will need to expand. How true that statement is after 60 years.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  175. Samuel

    He wins the Jewish vote by not winning "the Jewish vote". He keeps a reasonable approach to the issues as he has done and focuses on getting American votes. Dividing voters into ethnicities only proves that America is a country too divided to unite itself under one roof.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  176. ivan

    Last I checked (being Jewish myself) Jews need to work like everyone else. Forget our votes save our jobs! I don't live in Israel, I live in America and that's ALL I care about!

    September 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  177. Bradley

    He has more to worry about than the Jewish vote. As an Independent my family and I voted for this man. What a mistake and disapoointment we will not repeat in 2012. He is the 21st century Jimmy Carter on steroids. I remember back to 1980 what happened to him. The same will be Obama's fate in 2012.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  178. harry from co..

    I would like anyone to name any one thing that the State of Israel has done to benefit the US in exchange for the Trillions in free aid we have sent that country.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  179. Yianoulla

    Follow the money, Jack: Israel has received around $156 billion dollars in aid since 1949. More than ANY other country. What do we get in return? I think that is enough money to guarantee every President their vote until America has bankrupted itself over a conflict most people don't give a fig about.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  180. Ben

    I'm Jewish and I support the President. Foreign policy should never involve blank checks. The U.S. has an important role to play in middle east peace and all sides need to take responsibility... Palestinians are divided and so are Jews.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  181. Lindy

    How can President Obama save the Jewish vote?
    How can he save any vote? He is weak and over his head!

    September 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  182. solowd

    unfortunately for the GOP, Jews are usually well educated

    September 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  183. CJ Richards

    Wow! American Jews are not supporting Obama because he asked Israel to stop stealing the Palestinians land and oppressing them. This is interesting and shows that Jews in this country prefer Israel to the US and will watch our great US go down for what they believe is religious land (and thats a load of crap)... How sad.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  184. Linda

    Jack, I'm Jewish, live in NYC and am a senior citizen. I voted for Pres. Obama and I know many Jewish people who did and also many who didn't. There is no such thing as the "Jewish" vote despite what you reported on the 9th district. Most thoughtful people vote for the best person, others who are followers are "one issue" voters. This is true of all religious and/or ethnic groups. I still support Obama and feel that good American policies will benefit us and other countries as well. The Republicans have shown that they are more detrimental to America than any religious or ethnic group.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  185. harry from co..

    There is a reason why Israel is the most hated country on the planet, and it's the same reason reason the US is running a close second......

    September 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  186. ID

    Saving the Jewish vote implies that Obama will lose them to one of the current crop of ultra-flawed GOP candidates. It simply won't happen.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  187. Weiser

    Obama just has to promise the dummies something. Anything for free will get their vote back.

    FYI though. if you have relatives in Israel, better bring them to the U.S. Obama and the Arab Spring has a big surprise for you, after you vote for him again of course.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  188. John M

    The two greatest mistakes of the 20th century that we will pay for forever.
    1. Not letting Patton take Berlin.
    2. Creation of the state of Israel.

    Number one made us blow all our cash on nukes
    Number two made us blow all our cash in the middle east.

    Dorme bene.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  189. Becker

    First of all Obama has been more disrespectful than neglectful of the Jewish voters. He has a record of bad policies and anti-Israel rhetoric that can be heard in many speeches since 2008. People have heard it and know his positions and he can do what he usually does and say it was a messaging problem but Jews are an intelligent group. Obama got away with stretching the truth in his positions in 2008 but its not going to happen this time. Voters are not going to believe anymore that he sat in a church and listened to anti-Semitic sermons from Jeremiah Wiright and did not listen when his polices reflect those views.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  190. howard

    Mr. Obama has much to explain when it comes to the people he calls friends. Bernadine Dohrn, William Ayers, the Columbia professor who was Arafat's spokesman and the Reverend Wright are all openly hostile to Israel. These are the people President Obama surrounded himself with until they became political liabilities. I think his true feelings towards Israel and the Jewish people can be found in these relationships.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  191. Arnold from Boston

    He can start by sending Secretary of State Clinton to Turkey with the strong message that the US supports the UN finding that the Israeli blockade of Hamas controlled Gaza is legal. Obama then needs to openly state that he supports Israel in this dispute and that if Turkish naval vessels try to escort blockade runners they will be met by the US Sixth fleet. Turkish adventurism has become the biggest threat to Israel and unless Erdogan is stopped he is going to start a war against Israel. Does Obama really want a rabidly anti-Israel Turkey to become the "Superpower" of the Eastern Mediterranean?

    September 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  192. TexasThomas

    Jack, according to the online CIA Factbook, Jewish people are 1.7% of the population. Why are you forwarding the nonsense that this is at all a relevant block? Ever step out of New York City and visit the rest of America? Asian and Pacific Islanders make up at least twice as many people as the Jewish vote, yet I'm wondering why you aren't mentioning them???

    September 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  193. Michael Young

    We give the jews $billions a year and they give us Circle U and Circle K kosher tax on every every product we buy in America, to private jews that pay NO tax.

    Just look-very small-billions of $!

    Mike Young

    September 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  194. Bubba Dudley from Texas

    President Obama's policies towards Israel and the Palestinian solution have been fair and balanced. Netanyahu and Koch have mischaracterized those policies. If Obama loses the election because he is doing the fair and balanced thing then so be it. But there is as much risk to Netanyahu and Koch that their demands will one day exceed what the American voters are willing to meet.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  195. Andy Hegedus

    Nothing. He's set his course. Pres. Obama's strategy for reelection has been to be the default reasonable candidate. He's stuck as the Transformitive Candidate and as such has lost most of the FDR coalition of which the Jews were a group. I can't think of a single constituency that is wild about him any more. If he ever stopped admiring his Transformitive Role and got out of the abstractions and the Presidential Bubble, he might ask whose concrete interest(s) has he represented. Other than bankers and sectors of the Military Industrial Comlex, the absence of any other clear constituency might surprize him; but, it will not surprise the constituencies that being crushed by the sheer power of the super-wealthy American oligarchy and daily economic challenges of the globalized world.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  196. Joe Blow

    I do not see that Obama can do anything that would make the Jews want to vote for him because they have a brain and they know how to use it..Unlike his followers .......
    He is a foreigner and an illegal. He has NO history...His grandmother conviently died about election time and he wasnt her favorite........and Obama knew it...
    anyone can make a false birth certificate.......and anyone in the white house can get it in the system......

    September 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  197. Mark Gale

    The only way Obama can save my zionist pig vote is if the Republicans run

    September 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  198. Adrian

    What is more import not taking care of America and Americans or this constant pressure by the Jewish lobbies to support Israel at all costs and always at the expanses of the Palestinians. . In a land that talks about freedom is it not about time that America show some real support of Rights of the Palestinians .

    Obama has to do the Right thing and recognize Palestine as state like the MAJORITY of the UN nations will do on Sept 23. The powerful Jewish lobbies are doing lost of damage to America when it comes to comes to America's foreign policy. Ron Paul said that during the debates . Why are you not talking about the America's destructive foreign policies,. Can it be that your network has political pressure from those Jewish lobbies NOT to discuss anything that may b negative about Israel.. It would appear so. . .

    Let the Jews worry about Israel, let the Irish worry about Ireland and let the japanese worry about Japan.
    Maybe it is about time that Congress worries about America and America should mind it's own business

    September 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  199. HaHa

    Jewish vote? If Jews want their vote to matter they can go to Israel and vote there – in THEIR homeland. This country needs to rid itself of Israeli (AIPAC) lobbyists, and the trouble it brings our country.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  200. Greg Rockford, IL

    He can tell the Jewish community that Bush couldn't catch Bin Laden but I did, Bush or a Republican (except Ron Paul) would've invaded Egypt by now and heightened tensions in the Middle East, but I didn't, and my continued commitment in Afghanistan proves I'm committed to defeating terrorism. Beyond that, we all know I'm smarter and have more integrity than any Republican running for office.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  201. Brenda from Maryland

    I would consider ANYTHING that gets this bozo out of office a direct gift from God. Oy Vey.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  202. Mike A. , CO

    Unfortunately I don't think he can save anybody's vote now. TARP was a disaster and it went downhill from there. We got in deeper in Afghanistan instead of getting out as he promised. An intelligent, well-intentioned man but weak, poor leadership qualities. I'd vote for him over any Republican – and he's great compared to George W. Bush – but just a disappointment otherwise.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm |