Skip to comments.Top White House posts go to Jews
Posted on 04/24/2006 8:08:03 PM PDT by Angus MacGregor
Top White House posts go to Jews
Nathan Guttman, THE JERUSALEM POST Apr. 25, 2006
After appointing Joshua Bolten to be the White House chief of staff, US President George W. Bush nominated another Jewish staffer, Joel Kaplan, to serve as Bolten's deputy, putting him in charge of the daily policy planning.
The fact that White House policy is now in the hands of two Jews is not seen as significant by activists in the American Jewish community.
"He is simply appointing the best people for the job," said Nathan Diament, who heads the Washington office of the Orthodox Union. Another Jewish activist added that he "wouldn't read too much into it."
Bolten, who first served as head of the Office of Management and Budget, was the first Jewish member of Bush's cabinet. Ever since Bush took office, there has been a custom of opening cabinet meetings with a brief prayer and so, before his first cabinet meeting, Bolten's assistant contacted Diament and asked for help in finding a Jewish prayer for the security and well-being of the cabinet members. The Orthodox Union provided him with the text in English and in Hebrew and Bolten read it aloud at the next cabinet meeting.
Bolten and Kaplan will probably be the most prominent Jewish members of the Bush administration, but not the only ones. Apart from Bolten, there is another Jewish cabinet member, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, and there are other Jewish senior staff members, including Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams and White House staffer Jay Lefkowitz.
In the past year, several Jews who were holding senior posts in the administration have left, among them deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz, undersecretary of defense Doug Feith, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby and political adviser Ken Mehlman, who now heads the Republican National Committee.
Yet the policy of the administration has little to do with the religious beliefs of the staffers. "The president sets the policy goals and it is now the job of Josh [Bolten] and Joel [Kaplan] to help achieve these goals," said Noam Neusner, who served as the liaison to the Jewish community in Bush's White House from 2002-2005.
Other Jewish activists, both Republican and Democrat, agree that the nomination of Bolten and Kaplan have no affect on policy.
For Republicans, there is still a feeling that Bush does not receive the credit he deserves from the Jewish community. "We have Israel's best friend and it still hasn't changed the way the Jewish community sees him," said Fred Zeidman, a close friend of Bush and chairman of the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. "I keep hoping that one day our community will see the light and support President Bush."
Neusner recalled that in the Bush White House there was always great respect for religious practices of the staffers and predicted that this policy would remain now that Bolten is running its daily operations.
One tradition likely to go on is the reading of the Purim megilla led by Chabad Rabbi Levi Shemtov, which attracts many of the Jewish staffers.
The relatively small number of Jews in Bush's cabinet became an issue largely due to the comparison with his predecessor, Bill Clinton. The former administration had such Jewish cabinet members as Robert Reich, Robert Rubin, Sandy Berger, Lawrence Summers and Madeline Albright and State Department officials Dennis Ross, Martin Indyk and Aaron Miller.
"I don't support this idea of bean counting," said Jay Footlik, who was Clinton's liaison to the Jewish community. He sees the fact that the former administration had many Jewish members as significant to the policy the president had in regard to the Jewish community. According to him, the reason Jews were so visible in Clinton's administration was merely a result of the community being "drawn to public involvement and political activity."
I cannot believe we are still talking like this in the 21st century.
Believe it. It's not going away.
I have no problem with Jewish people, do you ?
I second that.
Of course not, why would you think otherwise?
How come it's only a conspiracy when it's the jews that get posts. When it's blacks or hispanics it's just "their due".
Anyone figure that out?
Hey, is this guy buddies with Dick Morris? Footlik and Toesuck sounds like a good team.
I agree. Who cares? Does anyone keep track of how many Presbyterians there are in high office?
The relatively small number of Jews in Bush's cabinet became an issue largely due to the comparison with his predecessor, Bill Clinton.
Why should this even be an issue?...except for those that see purpose in promoting Jews in the government. And became an issue with whom? Who gives a flying &^%$ what Clinton did? His cabinet was a freakin' disaster --- who should we be proud of as a nation there? Halfbright? Burglar? Cohen? --- God, what reprobates.
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just when you think Bush is to blame for everything, it turns out it's still the jews fault. These dumba$$es would look good with a bulldyke haircut and a cute little mustache. This is the kind of propaganda you'd expect from a lonenut austrian.
LOL! However, MOST Jews DESPISE Bush.
Did Clinton have a liason to the Catholic Community??? I hate this stuff.
Which is something that completely escapes me. The dems would throw the jews over the wall in a heartbeat and the republicans are pretty steadfast.
And to think that this may not make the following happy:
Feinstein, Boxer, Schumer, Specter, Feingold, Kohl, Lieberman, Lautenberg, Levin, Wyden, and Coleman; to name a few Senators.
Maybe the Bush administration can adapt that line from the movie Ninotchka about "fewer but better Russians."
The writer is Jewish. I think it is a source of pride for him.
That my friend is a very bad list.
You and me both. Obviously, these people have too much time on their hands if they can go around doing bean counting like this.
Codeword for the Jooohs...
Who cares how many Jews or non-Jews or whites or blacks or Hindus Bush has in his cabinet. It's the Democrats who put everyone in monolithic buckets and demand quotas.
This is NOT an appropriate thread for Republicans.
Republicans believe that individuals matter not groups. They realize that not all Blacks are democrats and not all Jews think alike.
Stop worrying about stuff like this. Worry what Bolten thinks not what religion he is!!!!!
EVERYONE KNOWS THE METHODISTS RUN THE WHOLE SHOW
Except when Republicans nominate them. Then it's "Uncle Tom" this and "Oreo" that.
Nah, Guttman is a Jewish author from the Jerusalem Post. ......he's not engaging in Jew-bashing.
Jews are intelligent, industrious, and well versed in the minutia of human endeavors.
What's not to like.
Yeah....until the Baptists show up to raid the coffee hour and eat all the donuts. And then, as if that's not enough, they end their service 10 minutes before the Methodists just so they can get the best tables at Chili's for lunch.
I don't know if William Cohen counts as Jewish...his father was Jewish but his mother wasn't. I'm not sure which religion he was raised in.
By the way, when are these buffoons going to make up their minds as to which sinister religious order is controlling the world and marching it toward a theocracy? The suspense is killing me. One week, we hear that it is the evil born-again Christians, then they tell us how the Vatican is hijacking the entire world, and now they are back to their favorite target, the Jews. Well, which is it?
There is no evidence that Pat Buchanan is upset, much as you wish him to be.
Ummmm....actually, yes. His name was John Hart. People don't usually think of "religious" when they hear "Clinton" and "liasons" mentioned together, though.
Bingo! Well said...
First, Prince's dancer Cecilia Maximilia gets arrested in Brasil for smuggling 42 pounds of coke, and now Jay Footlik! (What doe the "Jay' stand for, by the way?) I can't keep up with these names this week, dude.
I;m LOVIN' Joltin" Bolten!! Good riddance Andy Card. Hope Josh cleans out some stale people.
Footlik is one heckuva name, though... almost as bad as Gorelik....(shudder)
"Of course not, why would you think otherwise?"
The article/thread you posted seems to focus mostly on Jews appointed in office.
To me it seems like a non issue unworthy of a thread.
In a recent issue of the New York Review of Books, liberal Catholic historian Garry Wills, author of a new book about Jesus, revealed that there is a conservative Catholic fringe group that is pulling the levers of power in the church and the government. Specifically, there are four men: George Weigel (whose terrific new book God's Choice is required reading for serious Catholics), Joseph Fessio, Michael Novak, and (cue scary music) Richard John Neuhaus. Perhaps suffering from a Da Vinci Code-like fever dream, Wills charges that these men, well, run the country. They are connected with Karl Rove (natch), and guide their nefarious neocon policy from the fringe. They are, that is to say, an anti-democratic oligarchy imposing its will on a public that does not support them.
So, listen up and watch your step, 'cause Father Neuhaus and I am coming for y'all!
Don't even ask for a sarcasm tag. Just don't.
No. It's not.
Ever really listen to the headlines some days?
"Thurgood Marshall selected as first Black Supreme Court justice."
"Ron McNair, first Black astronaut."
"Judy Resnick, first Jewish person into space."
"Clarence Thomas, first Black since Thurgood Marshall selected to Supreme Court."
And on and on and on....
Labels upon labels upon labels.
Why are some people so damned interested in keeping score?
But now I own "Live at Stubbs" and its no joke. It rocks the whole way through.
The media now will have a Tevya moment...on the one hand, he's a good man. Treats people well, clever boy...on the other hand, he's not Jewish? OY!
meantime, this Jew is doing the Snoopy dance...couldn't be happier to have Tony up there..hope he b*tchslaps a couple of Pressniks around.
"So Madeleine Albright now counts as Jewish, when she supposedly didn't know about her Jewish ancestry until adulthood?"
Ach, weh....Mady Korbel didn't know....
Madeleine Albright was born Marie Jana Korbelová in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), and raised Roman Catholic by her parents, who had converted to Catholicism from Judaism in order to escape persecution. She has a brother, John, who later became an economist. Madeleine was the French version of "Madlenka", a Czech nickname given by her grandmother....In 1939, the Korbel family fled to London after Bohemia and Moravia were annexed by Germany in 1939."
Now why would they flee? They were Catholics, weren't they.
Ach, weh....Please don't believe the fables about Mady.
There is something wrong here.
Which leads me to.....
By the way, the old man in the mountain croaked a while back. You might want to update your profile page. I didn't get very far there once I discerned that you were from another time.
I said that I have no problem with Jewish persons, and I didn't start this stupid thread.