President Obama’s Speech at AIPAC Spurs Sales of “Obamulkes”

Following President Obama’s address at the national AIPAC conference this past weekend, Obama-themed yarmulkes (Jewish skullcaps) popularly known as “Obamulkes” have experienced an overnight surge in sales. Made in the USA and available at, these ivory suede yarmulkes feature the “Obama 2012” logo professionally printed in red and blue.

Creator Matthew Walters sees the current spike in sales as a positive sign for President Obama’s re-election prospects, particularly in “swing” states like Florida and Pennsylvania – where strong Jewish support could be the deciding factor in November. “Compared to our average weekly sales over the past few months, this feels like a tangible ‘bump’ in the polls among Jewish voters. The interesting thing is that sales are coming from Jewish supporters all over the country: Colorado, Illinois, Michigan — not simply New York or D.C. where you might expect it,” he suggests.
First developed in September 2007 by an NYC grassroots volunteer group called Jews for Obama, more than 1,800 Obamulkes have been delivered to Jewish supporters all around the country thus far – but the most memorable recipient turned out to be the future President himself. “In November 2007, then-candidate Obama came to New York to give an historic speech at the Apollo Theater in Harlem,” Mr. Walters added. “I had a chance to meet him, so I handed him one of our 2008 Obamulkes. He laughed and showed it to his Secret Service guys. I think he got a little kick out of it.”

Obamulkes are available for $9 each at, plus a flat fee of $5 per order for shipping & handling. For residents of New York City, Obamulkes can also be purchased from J. Levine Books & Judaica, 5 West 30th Street New York, NY 10001.

Please note: The “Obamulke” yarmulke is not authorized by any candidate or political committee.

Peres’ View: We Have the Highest Respect for the President

— by Max Samis

Before his meeting with President Barack Obama this Sunday, Israeli President Shimon Peres took the time to speak with Barbara Walters on ABC’s morning talk show The View. When asked about what Israel and the United States are doing in regards to stopping Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Peres briefly discussed cooperation between the Obama Administration and Israel and effusively praised the President for his leadership of international sanctions. Peres said:

I think there are three points which are totally agreed between the American administration and the Israeli government. Number one, that the world is in danger if Iran will get a nuclear bomb. It’s a very serious problem, not just because of the bomb but very much because of the nature of the present government. They support terror, they are hanging people without trial. They are really trying to take over the Middle East, and it may affect all the world….

Number two, all of us agree that he shouldn’t, that the Iranians shouldn’t have a nuclear bomb, then all options are on the table-all options are all options. We don’t have to specify.

But right now, President Obama started with a very sophisticated attempt to achieve the same thing by putting on sanctions – political and economic – and he put in this policy to get out of the Europeans and others. So the policy’s quite clear and well, there are different speculations. But right now the policy is to try to stop the Iranians from having a bomb by economic and political sanctions.

I think the relations with Obama are in a good shape. We have the highest respect for the President. I think there are ongoing talks… but right now we act together and I think in full agreement.