Barack Obama: America's First Jewish President?
by Victor Thorn
TUESDAY, 08 SEPTEMBER 2009
On Dec. 12, 2008, Judge Abner Mikva, a Jewish former counsel in the Clinton White House,
quipped, “Barack Obama will go down in history as America’s first Jewish president.” The
Wall Street Journal ran an article on April 21 that included a quote from Judson Miner, a
Jewish lawyer, who gave Obama his first job in Chicago.
“‘I used to tease Barack that he had Jewish blood,” said Miner. The connections to Judaism
run even closer to home:
Michelle Obama’s second cousin converted to Judaism, was ordained a rabbi, and runs a
Chicago congregation made up largely of black converts to Judaism.
Similarly, on April 16, 2008, the Los Angeles Times ran a headline, “Barack Obama Claims
Jewish Kinship” after he told an audience, “My links to the Jewish community are not
political. They preceded my entry into politics.”
Obama’s closest confidante, Valerie Jarrett, is the protégé of Marilyn Katz, a Jewish security
provider for the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). According to scholar Arthur
Liebman, 46 percent of all SDS delegates in the 1960s were Jewish, with five of nine
presidents being Jewish.
Katz introduced Jarrett to Daniel Levin (Jewish) who gave her a real estate job, whereupon
she worked with Obama’s bagman, convicted felon Tony Rezko. Katz also founded the New
American Movement (which included the Communist Party USA) with Rabbi Michael
In regard to the president, one of Katz’s clients, Project Vote (an ACORN affiliate), brought
Obama to Chicago. She also introduced Obama at his first nationwide anti-war speech on
Oct. 2, 2002; then served on his finance committee and as a bundler during the 2008
Further, Katz has known Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers (a disciple of the
SDS) for over 40 years. Ayers is married to fellow Weather Underground member Bernadine
Dohrn (Jewish), and served with Obama on the Woods Fund (which provided a major
expansion in funding to