A social media backlash has hooted and howled at President Barack Obama's odd claim
that he's "the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office."
Obama adviser David Axelrod revealed the declaration in an interview for Israeli TV, saying the president also said "it hurts" for people to say "that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic," the Independent Journal Review notes.
On Twitter, some users seemed to think the statements were absurd.
For example, frequent Newsmax TV
guest Larry Elder tweeted concerns about what the claim "even means":
while The Blaze's books editor, Benjamin Weingarten, calls the statement "deluded":
A Vietnam vet ponders:
And another Twitter user calls for a "straightjacket, please":
White House press secretary Josh Earnest, meanwhile, supported the claim on Tuesday, saying Obama "does feel that kind of kinship," the Washington Times
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