Though there was doubt during the campaign of broad Jewish support for Barack Obama, the Chicago Jewish community didn't share it, Haaretz reports. “I said with a smile that he will be the first Jewish president,” said one community leader and who traveled with Obama to Israel in 2006. “He also has a deep understanding of issues that confront Israel and the Jewish community.”
And the Chicago Jews who knew and worked with Obama were not surprised he got nearly 80% of the Jewish vote on Election Day. "It was always a natural fit between the Jewish community and Barack Obama," says another Chicago political activist. "He understands those issues. Frankly, he's so smart he understands them better than most of us."