The Myth of the Jewish President
Publication Date: October 1980
Publisher(s): Eugene Borowitz
Author(s): Jonathan D. Sarna
Series: Sh'ma, vol.10, no.98, October 3 1980.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Culture; Diversity; Jewish security; Political Behavior
Coverage: United States
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 exceptionalis, to provide a polemical shield to the prejudiced, and to bridge the gap between Jewish hopes and American realities.