Comparison Between Barack Obama & Franklin Roosevelt

Commentary by Dr. Gerhard Falk



Roosevelt, Obama, and the Jews


      Franklin D. Roosevelt became President of the United States on March 4, 1933. Five weeks earlier, on January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany and in fact its dictator.

      At least 80% of Jewish voters voted for Roosevelt. Likewise, Barack Obama became president of the United States on January 20, 2009, and about 80% of Jewish voters voted for Obama.

       Franklin Roosevelt was the first president to appoint a Jew, Henry Morgenthau, to a cabinet position. Morgenthau became Secretary of the Treasury. In addition, Roosevelt appointed Samuel Irving Rosenman and his wife, Dorothy Rosenman, as his advisors. In addition, Roosevelt also appointed a number of Jews to lesser known positions in his administration.

     Barack Obama did likewise. He appointed so many Jews to so many government positions that it sometimes seemed that one had to be Jewish to be appointed by Obama.  Obama even hosted a Chanukah party and a Seder at the White House.

     These appointments, together with Roosevelt's denunciation of Hitler and Obama’s trip to Auschwitz, gave the appearance that both presidents were and are true friends of the Jews.

      Yet, even as Roosevelt became so great a supporter of the Jewish people, he also appointed Breckenridge Long, assistant secretary in the State Department in charge of the visa division. Likewise, Obama appointed Samantha Power to the National Security Council.

      Breckenridge Long had the assignment to keep the German Jews, brutally persecuted in their native land, from entering the United States. That persecution began immediately after Hitler became dictator. Jews were the first to be sent to concentration camps as early as 1934. Jewish stores were boycotted and destroyed. Jews were fired from their jobs and not allowed to use public transportation. Jews had to wear a yellow star on their clothes as synagogues were burnt to the ground. In all, 431 anti-Jewish decrees were used to destroy the Jews of Germany even before the Second World War began on September 1, 1939.

     Therefore, the 580,000 German Jews were desperate to get out of Germany and come to the United States or any place that would have them. At that time, American immigration law, as passed by Congress in 1924, was based on a quota system. This meant that only 2% of any ethnic group present in the U.S. in 1890 could come to this country in any one year. The purpose was to keep eastern and southern Europeans out. Hence, each country was assigned an immigration quota. The German quota was 57,000 a year because there were large numbers of German ethnics in this country in 1890.

    In view of their persecution, the German Jews applied en masse for visas to enter this country. At least 90% of the quota could have been filled by Jews. So Roosevelt instructed Long to deny visas to Jews by telling the American consulates around Germany to delay and delay Jewish applications for visas for years. All kinds of obstacles were invented to keep Jews from gaining entrance to the United States. Each Jew had to have an affidavit of support from an American citizen guaranteeing that the immigrant would be supported for five years if he could not support himself in this country. Not many American Jews were able or willing to do that. This led to the reduction of the German quota to one fourth, or 14,250 Jews a year. Had ninety percent of the true immigration quota been filled each year from 1933 to 1941 when the U.S. entered the war, nearly 462,000 of the 580,000 Jews then in Germany may have been saved. Since some Jews were able to go to Israel and others to South America and China, Australia and Canada, it is probable that Roosevelt could have saved all of the persecuted German Jews. Roosevelt's true intentions towards the Jews is best revealed by his comments at the Casablanca Conference in January of 1943, when he told the representatives of the Allies, Churchill, de Gaulle and others, that “I found it understandable that the Germans could not tolerate the Jews as there were too many Jewish doctors, lawyers, teachers and professors in Germany.” Roosevelt also sent as his representatives to the Middle East two well known Jew baiters, Patrick Hurley and Harold Hoskins, who advised him on their return not to allow Jews into British occupied Israel and that Zionists were unpatriotic.

     Meanwhile the large Jewish organizations raised millions for the travel needs and visa applications and affidavits of support to help the German Jews get out of Germany. The Jews themselves were not allowed to take even one cent with them. All their bank accounts and possessions had been confiscated by the German government.  Yet, hardly any were saved because almost all the money so raised was used to pay large salaries to executive directors, associate directors, assistant directors, department heads, etc., etc., in the numerous Jewish organizations. These important people also needed travel expenses, as they chased from conference to conference while a wall of paper kept the Jews out. Yet, American Jews kept voting for Roosevelt.

     Now Obama follows the same strategy. He appoints Jews but he also appointed as his National Security Advisor Samantha Power, a former Harvard professor. Power wrote and said repeatedly that the United States should send a military force into Israel and force “those Jews” to give in to Arab demands. She also advises that Israel must be reduced to the 1949 armistice lines, making Israel defenseless. Power does not hesitate to make anti-Jewish statements, as did Obama’s former pastor, who cursed Jews at every occasion during Sunday sermons. Obama also appointed Robert Malloy to a position in the State Department. Malloy advocates supporting Hamas, the terror gang who govern Gaza and seek the destruction of Israel.

     All of this advice is reflected in the manner in which Obama insulted Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, on the occasion of his visit to the White House in March of 2010, and in Obama’s infamous speech demanding Israel return to the 1949 armistice line which the Israelis rightly call “The Auschwitz Line.”

     Yet, American Jews keep voting for Obama. Then, the American Jewish community was more than willing to abandon the German Jews to their fate.  Now the American Jewish community is willing to see Israel destroyed because, as one observer has said, “If Obama has our air force bomb Tel Aviv and order the closing of all synagogues in America the Jews would still vote for Obama because Jews are “liberals.”

     P.S. If Hitler came back and ran as a Democrat, would the Jews vote for Hitler?

Shalom u’vracha.

Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications, including The American Criminal Justice System (2010).

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