When I was going to bar review class in the summer of 2008, I had this button on my backpack so that people could I was proud to be a Jew supporting then-Senator Obama:
The reason I wrote this is because the same meme that is playing out this year, that Jewish voters will not vote for Barack Obama, was playing out back in 2008 as well. Everyone was discussing how then-Senator Obama would not achieve the same 74% of the Jewish vote that John Kerry received in 2004. They were right about that. It's just that they weren't right in the way they thought they would be. Barack Obama received 78% of the Jewish vote, right in line with recent Democratic averages.
This year, the Obama campaign has some pretty cool stuff on their website, including a t-shirt and coffee mug mocking the birthers. However, they don't have a Hebrew button for Jewish supporters to show we're proud Jews and we're proud to support President Obama — and I can't really bring out my Hebrew button from four years ago because it has the '08 on there. Note: It also helps that I'm currently lazy and don't feel like looking around the apartment for it. After all, I did use that button for the logo for this group.
Now, I did find this one, but I'd much rather have an official one from the campaign. I just hope they make it at some point soon, hopefully right around the time I finally have some money to give towards the President's re-election.
In the meantime, I'll just shout as loud as I can, when the time is right that I'm proud to be a Jew and I'm proud to support President Obama. For all the talk about how President Obama will do poorly among Jewish-Americans, we'll once again show that Jewish values are liberal values. I've written it before, and I'll write it again. Every Democratic presidential candidate has won the Jewish vote since 1924. Think that over for a minute. If the rest of this country voted like us, we would have never had President Nixon or President Reagan or either President Bush. Instead, historians would be writing about the accomplishments of the Stevenson Administration and the Humphrey Administration and the Mondale Administration and so on and so forth.
Pretty cool, isn't it?