"Emerging from his hospital room and wearing his trademark broad grin, Obama told reporters he would undergo ten more circumcisions if that's what it took to get Jewish money and the Jewish vote"

October 2, 2011

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Report: Obama weighed clemency for Pollard, but Biden vehemently opposed move

New York Times quotes U.S. vice president as saying that convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard would be released ‘over my dead body’.

By Shlomo Shamir Tags: Jonathan Pollard US Jews Barack Obama

“President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time.’ If it were up to me, he would stay in jail for life,” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was quoted as saying during a meeting with rabbis in Florida in a New York Times article published on Saturday.

The Times article reported that U.S. President Barack Obama has turned to Biden to shore up support amongst U.S. Jews.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
Photo by: APU.S. Vice President Joe Biden

“As Mr. Obama confronts his re-election challenge and the prospect of fracturing support among core constituencies, he is relying increasingly on Mr. Biden for help with one particular group: American Jews, who routinely tend to vote Democratic but whom the Republicans are, once again, making a run at,” the Times article read.

According to the Times article, Democratic party officials believe that Obama will not lose the support of U.S. Jews, especially after Obama’s pro-Israel speech at the United Nations last week.

Concerns were raised, however, by the Republican victory last month in an election for Congressional seat in a district of New York with many Orthodox Jews.

The Democratic loss in that election led the Obama administration to enlist a number of well-known officials, including Biden, with good ties with Jewish leaders to work to ensure Jewish support for Obama in the 2012 presidential election.