How well is President Barack Obama faring among American Jews? This is a question that continues to be asked and one that the Blaze has extensively examined over the past few months. As the election draws nearer, the Jewish vote will be one, among many, that contenders on both sides of the isle will be vying for.
With Obama winning 78 percent of the Jewish vote in 2008, some wonder what 2012 — especially in light Obama’s call for 1967 borders and developments in the Middle East — may hold.
Recently, Accuracy in Media’s Benjamin Johnson interviewed attendees of the Republican Jewish Coalition Conference in Washington D.C. Unfortunately for Obama, they didn’t have too many accolades to offer. Below, find some of the highlights from their assessment of Obama’s presidency:
“Barack Obama is an absolute train wreck.”
“I think President Obama threw Israel under the bus — long ago. Not just recently.”
“I think that he’s a con man.”
“He’s certainly no friend to Israel.”
“I don’t see him doing anything that’s going to make the world a safer place.”
“For an American president to tell Israel what it’s borders should be, is really incomprehensible.”
“Certainly, he’s up there with Jimmy Carter.”
Among the comments filmed by AIM were some strong words from the Hon. Sam Fox, the U.S. ambassador to Belgium from 2007 until 2009. Fox hammered Obama on a number of fronts, lamenting his leadership skills and claiming that his presidency could endanger the nation’s very existence.
“He has never held a job in his life. He’s never been trained for a job. He doesn’t have any idea what he’s doing and you can see that reflected in everything he does,” Fox said. “Regulation after regulation after regulation — strangling business. I can go on forever. If we get Obama for five more years, we may not have a country.”
Watch these comments, among others, below:
This, of course, isn’t the first time the Jewish allegiance to Obama and the Democrats has been shown to be potentially shaky. In July, a Gallup poll was released that showcased a slight reduction in support among the Jewish cohort. In June, 60 percent of Jewish Americans gave the president a favorable rating. This was down from 68 percent in May and 64 percent in April.
While this may not have been a bombshell finding, in 2009 Obama held an 83 percent approval rating among Jews. Clearly, there was a notable decline. It was also in July that political operative Dick Morris showed concern over Obama’s ability to fare well among Jewish voters.
Still, the media has contended — or at least pondered — that Obama may be one of the most friendly U.S. presidents to Israel in recent memory. In September, New York Magazine wondered whether Obama is “the first Jewish president.” Additionally, the Jewish Forward more recently selected Obama to appear among the paper’s annual list of the most influential Jews (he was one of the non-Jews that the media outlet selects each year).
Despite these honors, the president has apparently been trying to solidify the Jewish vote, causing some to wonder if his campaign is sensing some vulnerability. But being caught on an open mic allegedly blasting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t seem to do much to damage Obama’s support among Israelis, as a recent poll from the Saban Center for Middle East Policy poll shows a sizable increase in their support for the president.
In 2011, 39 percent say they have a negative opinion of Obama, another far cry from his 2010 numbers when 51 percent said they were not fans of Obama. That’s a net 25-point upswing for Obama in Israel.
Earlier this month, the Blaze reported on Obama’s own self-congratulatory statements regarding his work to help make Israel more secure. “I try not to pat myself too much on the back, but this administration has done more for the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration,” he said.
We’ll have to wait until November 2012 to see if American Jews do, indeed, agree with this assessment. Clearly, those at the Republican Jewish Coalition Conference did now. Until then, Obama will likely continue to try and nab as much support from American Jews as possible.