Speaking today at a Washington, D.C. synagogue, President Obama called himself an "honorary member of the tribe."
"Earlier this week, I was actually interviewed by one of your members, Jeff Holdberg. And Jeff reminded me that he once called me the first Jewish president," Obama said to light laughter.
"Now, since some people still seem to be wondering about my faith -- I should make clear this was an honorary title, but I as flattered. And as an honorary member of the tribe, not to mention somebody whe's hosted seven White House seders ... and been advised by two Jewish chiefs of staff, I can also probably say that I am getting a little bit of a hang of the lingo. But I will not use any of the Yiddishisms that Rahm Emanuel taught me, because I want to be invited back. Let's just say that he had some creative new synonyms for 'shalom.'"