Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Jewish President


Adams was a piker,
And Washington was daft.
But each knew more of Hebrew
Than Clinton, Polk and Taft.

Grant was too dim-witted
To learn the Jewish ways,
But he was far more learned
Than Rutherford B. Hayes.

Taylor, Bush and Hoover
Could hardly read a book,
And Fillmore thought the Talmud
Not worth a second look.

Cleveland, Ford and Arthur
Knew nothing of Shevat
And Reagan thought that mitzvah
Might be a cosmonaut.

Lincoln, Pierce and Carter
Would never make the list,
Defining stellar students
Of all things Zionist.

For that we have Obama,
The academic Jew,
Who read a book on Israel
And doubled what he knew.

Other 'Barak at his best' posts:
     Second to None
     On My Behalf

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