Obama’s Novel Fundraising Scheme

By Jennifer Siegel

Published May 04, 2007, issue of May 04, 2007.
  • Print
  • Share Share

While the chattering class continues to ask about the extent of Senator Barack Obama’s support for Israel, two renowned Jewish writers are busy raising money for him.

Ayelet Waldman and her husband, Michael Chabon — whose latest novel, “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” re-imagines Alaska as the homeland of the Jewish people — recently circulated an e-mail that announces their commitment to raising $25,000 for the Obama campaign and asks friends and acquaintances to get behind a presidency they say “would repair the incalculable damage the Bush cabal has done to our country and to our reputation in the world.”

“Have you ever voted for a candidate you really believed in?” the e-mail asks. “We haven’t. Don’t you want to? Once in your life? Can you even imagine the joy of being able to do that?”

Waldman, author of “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits” and “Daughter’s Keeper,” went to Harvard Law School with Obama. In an e-mail to the Forward, the author wrote that she fully trusts the Illinois lawmaker to get behind Israel.

“As a Jewish American, I trust him to value Israel, to have our interests at heart, and also not to be manipulated into adopting positions that are on their face supportive of Israel but in the long run devastating,” Waldman wrote. “No president in the history of the state of Israel has been as devastating for its ultimate prospects of survival as George W. Bush, that pigeon-hearted twit.”

And why Obama over Clinton and Edwards?

“Almost everyone we know (with a few exceptions) is supporting Barack,” Waldman wrote. “For the very reasons we say in our e-mails. I think John Edwards would be a fine president, but Barack would be better. I think Hillary is the object of far too much loathing to ever win the general election. Barack not only can win, but I trust him to govern.”






Find us on Facebook!
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
  • Not a gazillionaire? Take the "poor door."
  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
  • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here: http://jd.fo/q4XfI
  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.