Jewish Journal


September 17, 2008

AP discovers rabbi related to Obama



“Here’s something about Barack Obama you probably didn’t know,” the American leader in turning copy quickly reported yesterday. “He’s related to a rabbi.”

OK, aside from the lameness of that lede, which just as easily could have concluded “he hates french fries,” the fact that Michelle Obama is the first cousin of a black rabbi was, in fact, well known. It was thoroughly reported by The Forward two weeks ago, and followed by many others a week later.

Somehow, it’s news again. In case you are interested in the redux on the Obamas and Rabbi Capers C. Funnye Jr, it’s after the jump. I particularly like Funnye’s description of Obama—“very caring, a little skinny and very sincere.” Funnye’s Jewish alright.

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