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Washington - Obama Said Close To Choosing Orthodox Jew Jack Lew For Treasury Secretary

Published on: January 8, 2013 09:37 AM
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White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew carries his bags as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. on his way to depart the White House in Washington, D.C., USA, 30 September 2012, to accompany President Obama in his trip to Henderson, Nevada.  EPA/RON SACHS/POOLWhite House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew carries his bags as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. on his way to depart the White House in Washington, D.C., USA, 30 September 2012, to accompany President Obama in his trip to Henderson, Nevada.  EPA/RON SACHS/POOL

Washington - Sources close to the president have revealed that Mr. Obama is expected to select White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew as a successor to current Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, according to Bloomberg News (http://bloom.bg/WtOdEF).

Lew previously served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Obama, a position he also held in the Clinton administration. Lew’s potential nomination comes amid other personnel shake-ups as the president restructures his administration prior to beginning his second term in office.

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As previously reported on VIN, Lew is an Orthodox Jew. Asked how he balances his demanding work schedule and his religious lifestyle, Lew told the Forward (http://bit.ly/RiAgLT) that the president is particularly mindful of the time on Friday afternoons and respects him for adhering to his beliefs. “I saw the president on many occasions on Friday afternoons look at his watch, and ask: ‘Isn’t it time for you to get going?’” Mr. Lew said, “or, ‘Why are you still here?’”

Although Lew does not regularly wear a kippah, he observes the kosher dietary laws and refrains from driving on shabbos. He is also a member of an Orthodox synagogue in Potomac, Maryland. If Lew is nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, he will be the first Orthodox Jew to ever hold the post of Treasury secretary.

Whoever ultimately becomes the next Treasury secretary will have their work cut out for them, as Congress grapples with raising the government’s staggering $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. Geithner has said he intends to leave his position by the close of January even if the debt ceiling issue has not been resolved.



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 Jan 08, 2013 at 09:47 AM Geulah Says:

Actually Yosef HaTzadik was the first Observant (let's get rid of Orthodox please) Jew to hold a head of Treasury post.

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 09:56 AM Kzler Says:

Not the best choice although he has excellent qualifications. The reason if the economy faills blame the Jews. Jews are being blamed sepcifically Zionist for the mass murder at the Connecticut school by a man named Harris

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 10:06 AM Anonymous Says:

I am not paticularly happy to have a Yid as Treasury Secretary. It just gives the Goyim more ammunition to claim that the Jews control all the money in the U.S. We have enough anti-semitism without a Jew in this very sensitive position.

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 10:10 AM FrumJew Says:

Reply to #2  
Kzler Says:

Not the best choice although he has excellent qualifications. The reason if the economy faills blame the Jews. Jews are being blamed sepcifically Zionist for the mass murder at the Connecticut school by a man named Harris

Considering that Ben Bernanke (the second most powerful person in the world) is Jewish, another powerful Jew won't matter

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 10:33 AM Shimon Says:

Clever of this sleazy administration to nominate an observant Jew to a significant cabinet post. They'll be sure to play up his Jewishness to give them cover for Hagel and Brennan.
We've got serious problems, yidden!

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 10:52 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Kzler Says:

Not the best choice although he has excellent qualifications. The reason if the economy faills blame the Jews. Jews are being blamed sepcifically Zionist for the mass murder at the Connecticut school by a man named Harris

The only person that I have heard say that Jews are being blamed for the CT school shooting is YOU!

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 11:08 AM concerned_Jew Says:

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Kzler Says:

Not the best choice although he has excellent qualifications. The reason if the economy faills blame the Jews. Jews are being blamed sepcifically Zionist for the mass murder at the Connecticut school by a man named Harris

Wrong dude. The legal gun owners in this country are being blamed for the shooting. Get rid of gun free zones, they are invitations to psychos that they can shoot without being stoped.

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 11:09 AM concerned_jew Says:

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Kzler Says:

Not the best choice although he has excellent qualifications. The reason if the economy faills blame the Jews. Jews are being blamed sepcifically Zionist for the mass murder at the Connecticut school by a man named Harris

If he meets the qualifications and is the best person for the job, then he should be appointed.

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 12:03 PM RebKlemson Says:

now we just need a jewish president to blame

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 12:13 PM Geulah Says:

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RebKlemson Says:

now we just need a jewish president to blame

A quote from Mrs. Barbara Bush to her son George - "How does it feel to be the first Jewish President?" And you thought it was because of Iraq?

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 12:14 PM PMOinFL Says:

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Shimon Says:

Clever of this sleazy administration to nominate an observant Jew to a significant cabinet post. They'll be sure to play up his Jewishness to give them cover for Hagel and Brennan.
We've got serious problems, yidden!

Significant cabinet post? The guy is already CHIEF OF STAFF. His office is attached the Oval. Nobody spends more time talking to the President than he does. Some might even consider this a demotion. Go get yourself a clue.

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 12:29 PM Kzler Says:

This would be the 2nd Jewish Secretary of Treasury after Morgenthau

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 01:34 PM concerned_Jew Says:

He might be too good and get another dem elected after Mr. O. I don't think it will be Joe B though, he is a bafoon and not electible as Pres. The current treasury sec is inept.

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 02:01 PM ALLAN Says:

#2 happens to be correct that a man named Mike Harris is blaming the Jews for the Newtown CT mass murder. The man is an obvious Jew hater of the highest order and so filled with hate that he just needs to blame us. What I think of someone such as him cannot be printed here.

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 03:20 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

Reply to #5  
Shimon Says:

Clever of this sleazy administration to nominate an observant Jew to a significant cabinet post. They'll be sure to play up his Jewishness to give them cover for Hagel and Brennan.
We've got serious problems, yidden!

"Names an observant Jew to cover for Hagel. " What is the problem? He names a Republican, that is no good, names a yid that is no good. Whom do you want him to name. Rabbi Meir Kahane Died yeas ago. He cant name him, unless you believe in Yechi.

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 03:50 PM Kzler Says:

Reply to #5  
Shimon Says:

Clever of this sleazy administration to nominate an observant Jew to a significant cabinet post. They'll be sure to play up his Jewishness to give them cover for Hagel and Brennan.
We've got serious problems, yidden!

What is the problem with Brennan???

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 04:52 PM scmaness Says:

newton shooter wasn't jewish,his father is through,so we see that yidden needs to marry another yid to complete there mission in life

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 06:49 PM victorg Says:

I think Don Yitzchak Abarbanel was secretary of the treasury in Spain up until the Spanish Inquisition

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 07:28 PM TheDoctor Says:

Reply to #12  
Kzler Says:

This would be the 2nd Jewish Secretary of Treasury after Morgenthau

Actually he would be the third after Morganthau and Blumenthal

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 11:15 PM ExpatriateOwl Says:

Kzler (#12) says:

"This would be the 2nd Jewish Secretary of Treasury after Morgenthau."

TheDoctor (#19) says:
"Actually he would be the third after Morganthau and Blumenthal"

Actually, there also was Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers.

And Blumenthal was a meshumed.

But, regardless of how we count the Jewish Secretaries of the Treasury, Jack Lew's assumption of the post would make him the Jew Hagel insists runs the banks.

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 11:38 PM Reb Yid Says:

Hey what kinda Jewish joke is Obama trying to pull here? A Jew for the Treasury? Come on, ya can't make this stuff up. Where's he gonna appoint a Jew to--Defense? Sports? Now, appoint a Jew to Commerce and Health, and you're really on to something.

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 Jan 09, 2013 at 09:51 AM BaruchGershom Says:

The Assistant Secretary of theTreasury for Policy in the George W. Bush administration was an observant Jew (he still is).

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 Jan 09, 2013 at 10:03 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Shimon Says:

Clever of this sleazy administration to nominate an observant Jew to a significant cabinet post. They'll be sure to play up his Jewishness to give them cover for Hagel and Brennan.
We've got serious problems, yidden!

Shimon: Lew was head of the Office of Management and Budget -- a hugely responsible job -- and then Obama's Chief of Staff. The Washington media has said very very little either about him being Jewish or Orthodox for that matter; if anything, they treat it as a curiosity. Frum Jews in government is becoming more and more common these days, and people are not getting all that excited anymore, except (of course) in the Jewish media.

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 Jan 09, 2013 at 01:03 PM Shimon Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Shimon: Lew was head of the Office of Management and Budget -- a hugely responsible job -- and then Obama's Chief of Staff. The Washington media has said very very little either about him being Jewish or Orthodox for that matter; if anything, they treat it as a curiosity. Frum Jews in government is becoming more and more common these days, and people are not getting all that excited anymore, except (of course) in the Jewish media.

Well aware of Lew's resume. Just stating that this will be used to be an Obama prophylactic for the anti-Israel Brennan and Hagel nominations. So, I hardly shep naches that Mr. Lew is shommer shabbos.

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 Jan 09, 2013 at 04:58 PM xynnek Says:

Lew two years ago testified ... with straight face ... that Obama budget would not add to national debt. Nothing but a marxist Obama hack.

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