The White House has been trying to downplay the news it’s been having trouble with pro-Israel donors recently. But the Washington Post reports today the administration is still attempting to placate key Jewish supporters after President Obama’s controversial 1967 border comments:
In one case this month, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett spent an hour visiting a major pro-Israel donor identified by the campaign as a potential financial supporter. …
In her meeting with the pro-Israel supporter, Jarrett listened as the donor expressed dissatisfaction with the White House’s approach to the Middle East. The donor remained on the fence after their discussion but later said the meeting left an impression.
“She’s got very limited time, so I should see it as meaningful, right?” said the donor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a private conversation. “You don’t get a visit every day from the White House’s senior adviser.”
Probably the most amazing part of this story is the White House actually sent Valerie Jarrett to try to convince this Jewish donor of Obama’s pro-Israel bona fides. Was Zbigniew Brzezinski not available that day?
But the rest of the Post article is worth reading as well, especially since it also touches on the president’s problems with the business and gay donor community. From the sound of it, the Obama administration hasn’t done nearly enough donor upkeep since his last campaign and is hastily trying to play catch-up. One prominent business donor even told the Post the president’s attempts to reach out to the community felt like a rushed courtship, and added, “It’s not a friendly relationship.”