When his campaign for President was launched, Senator Barack Obama promised that he would bring not only Democrats, but Independents and Republicans as well to build a new governing coalition. Well, count another prominent Jewish supporter of Bush in 2004 on the Obama bandwagon.
Jack Rosen is the Chairman of the American Jewish Congress and the Council of World Jewry, and he is an Obama fan.
In a 2004 Washington Post article Rosen noted that, "It would be a mistake for the Jewish community not to show our appreciation to the president."
Yet, here is where Mr. Rosen stands now: “I supported George Bush in 2004 because of his support for Israel, and I support Barack Obama in 2008 because of his.”
In noting his switch, Rosen mentions that “unlike Reagan, Clinton, and Bush, Obama can point to many concrete votes on legislation important to Israel.” He continues to state “he has gone as far as any candidate in history in innumerable speeches and statements highlighting his commitment to the US-Israel partnership and the security of the Jewish state.”
I am glad to see he came around to see things differently this time around.