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September 17, 2008

AP discovers rabbi related to Obama

http://www.jewishjournal.com/blog/item/ap_discovers_rabbi_related_to_obama_20080917/

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“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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