While the chattering class continues to ask whether Obama is truly pro-Israel, two renowned Jewish writers are busy raising money for him.
Ayelet Waldman and husband Michael Chabon – whose latest novel, “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” reimagines Alaska as the homeland of the Jewish people – have recently gone public with their love for Senator Barack Obama. The writers have recently circulated an email 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 email 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, the author of “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits,” and “Daughter’s Keeper,” went to Harvard Law with Obama.
In an email 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 emails. 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.”