The Myth of the Jewish President

By Jonathan D. Sarna

Eugene Borowitz, October 3, 1980

The author asserts that the idea that America is a country in which even a Jew can be elected president is a myth, albeit a comforting myth. This myth has both positive and negative effects, the author contends, including: to help Jews and Christians to coexist in America, to reinforce beliefs of American exceptionalism, to provide a polemical shield to the prejudiced, and to bridge the gap between Jewish hopes and American realities.

Topic: Political Behavior, Elections, Culture, Power, Politics, Diversity, Government

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Borowitz, Eugene B.

Volume/Issue: Vol.10/no.198

Page Number(s): 143-144

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Sarna, Jonathan D. The Myth of the Jewish President. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Eugene Borowitz. 3 October 1980: 143-144. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7631


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