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Submitted by Bette Malin (United States), Dec 20, 2009 at 20:57

Excuse me but this is a load! Obama was not even raised in the black community. In any black community. He was raised by a white mother and white grandparents. Even in college, he was in what could be considered a white community - he didn't go to a black college. He never lived in what could be called a black community until he settled in Chicago.

Now as to why he even joined Reverend Wright's church, I still see no mysterious anti-semitism at work here. The church in which Wright preached was the place to be for a young black guy with political aspirations -- not because of the preacher but because other black pols were members and he found himself a political mentor from the State Senate here. Having to sit through some of Wright's sermons was something else. Even Oprah who was a member finally quit because she couldn't take his over-the-top style. And of course, Obama quit finally when the heat got too much -- just like any politician, but I still see no secret anti-semitism at work here.

There are too many people close to Obama who are Jewish and there have been for years. It's difficult to graduate from Columbia and then Harvard Law and not have direct contact with Jews even if you make no friends with them. But he obviously did that too. His campaign includes too many close Jewish advisers -- and they are very active Jews (like Rahm Emanuel who belongs to a Chicago synagogue in which he's been active for years) et al. Obama's fight to get Geithner in his Cabinet, his close ties to Larry Summers, and a list of others. Umm, where are all those Muslims on Team Obama? And the blacks who are Cabinet members and advisers are people who have all moved easily in the white world.

Obama's made a number of trips to Israel and made it his business to go to Yad Vashem and the Western Wall and also met with leaders. His pressure on current Prime Minister is not anti-semitism - it's called realism and most Israelis with sense see that he's done some good with it. The leadership had to move from its intransigent position. Netanyu's position was not backed by the majority of Israelis. Now, will it actually lead to a Palestinian state? Actually, it is doubtful because the Hamas doesn't want it. But Obama also realizes that the Israelis can't seem to reject the idea. Let the terrorists do that job.

Obama has no history of belonging to any Muslim organization or in fact having any Muslim ties (saw his father twice) or even acquaintances! Not really a surprise. His colleagues on the Harvard Law Review tend more toward the Jewish faith. And his church was not exactly a Muslim hotbed of activity. Wright's style was taken with a grain of salt by most of his Christian congregants.

But this ... being passed around is another example of an attempted hate campaign against a guy who's working harder as our president than anyone in memory. Despite the incredible obstacles thrown n his path. Don't buy into this nonsense.

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