About a year and a half ago, I was given Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope. I didn't know anything about him, except that he had given a good speech at the Democratic Convention. Well, I read that book, and I was amazed by his life story, and by his vision for America. On the strength of that book I decided to support the campaign, and I have continued to do so. If anything, I have become more disenchanted with Hillary Clinton, who has run a negative campaign. She comes nowhere near Obama. Most of the people who don't support him don't really know anything about him.What about his views on Israel?
All the candidates have similar views on Israel. His is just as positive as the rest.Are you nervous that, well, as an African-American, he may not always be so favorable to Israel, or for that matter, to the Jews.
Let me tell you something. One of the reasons I support him is because he is an African-American. All my life I have supported the cause of racial equality. For years I gave money to the NAACP. I remember growing up, working in my father's grocery market, which was in a black neighborhood. I was very friendly with a group of young blacks, so much so that they asked me to be a counselor of their group. I said, "But I am not like you." They said, "It don't matter, Bernie, we like you." Once they told me they were going to Hagerstown, and they insisted I go with them, which I did. I believe in treating fairly all people, regardless of their race and their religion. I have believed that all my life.You know, McCain is pretty moderate, compared with Bush. I suppose you could live with him as president.
I could live with him, but I couldn't support him. He is not, in my opinion, a very bright man. Of course, I respect him for being a prisoner of war -- I served in World War II. But that doesn't mean that he would be a good president.Joe Lieberman supports him.
Well, I don't like him much either. He should start voting more like a Democrat and stop supporting people like Bush.You know, I heard that you talked about Obama at the family seder last year.
Yes, I did. When they got to the part of the Haggadah called "Barekh", I said, "Not Barekh, Barack!"Recently, this elderly gentleman has been suffering from clinical depression, which makes him pessimistic and anxious about Obama's chances. He worries a lot. So I have been trying to cheer him up and give him hope, with a little help from a friend, who is a prominent fundraiser for Obama. And with a little help from the candidate himself. You see, when Obama heard about Bernie, he sent him a copy of the book he liked so much, The Audacity of Hope. And to help him fight his depression, the candidate inscribed it:
To Bernie, Keep Dreaming Big Dreams Barack ObamaThanks, Barack. And may you soon recover from your depression, Dad.