According to Chuck Schumer, Chuck Hagel didn’t know that the term “Jewish Lobby” could be considered offensive, and he nearly cried when he heard the explanation:
And I told him what a double standard is. That Jewish people throughout the centuries have suffered a double standard. Everyone could be a farmer except Jewish people. Everyone could live in Moscow except Jewish people. I said when everyone else can lobby but all of a sudden when those of us who are pro-Israel lobby, it’s a negative, that’s a double standard. And I’m sure you didn’t mean it, but it harkens to the old days.
And he really, you know, he almost had tears in his eyes when he understood. So I believe he will be good.
I don’t know what’s sadder, that Schumer was reassured by the possibility that Hagel is just really dumb and not anti-Semitic, or that he believes that this explanation will be comforting to the American people.