Saturday, October 25, 2008

More on Obama's Scary Friends

Closing the circle:

HH: Tell us about Khalidi. Tell us who he is and his role in Obama’s life.

SK: Rashid Khalidi is really... extremely radical in his views and his opposition to American foreign policy. He was a friend and colleague of Obama. Apparently they used to get together and discuss world affairs. And he’s practically the best friend of Bill Ayers. Bill Ayers features Khalidi in some of his books about how to politicize the teaching for students. So actually, the more you look into it, the more you see that this is not just people running into each other. And again, I object to the idea of just simply counting the times people were together in a room. When you fund Bill Ayers education projects, with hundreds of thousands of dollars, when you as Bill Ayers publish Rashid Khalidi’s essay in your book of collected essays, they might have gone on. That’s a lot without meeting once.

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HH: So Stanley Kurtz, Rashid Khalidi, very close to Barack Obama, read during the break that Khalidi had a farewell dinner in 2003 that Obama was one of the presenters at, and in those remarks, alluded to the numerous dinners he’d had at the home of the Khalidi’s.

SK: Yes.

HH: It simply defies imagination to think that Khalidi was not a bridge between Ayers, that this is not an operating subgroup of Hyde Park, doesn’t it?

SK: Right. I mean, that’s what it seems like when you look, when you read these acknowledgements back and forth between Khalidi and Ayers of how close they are as friends, and you see that Khalidi had dinners at Obama, it really, to think…and then that Khalidi hosted something to kick off Obama’s Congressional campaign, you’ve got to think that Ayers and Khalidi are both talking about Obama, because they’re so close. And you’ve go to think that…it begins to look like a pretty tight network. You know, you can only show what’s actually in the papers, and what are in the documents as far as the number of meetings and everything else. But it sure looks a lot tighter than what we can absolutely see. It looks like a lot more. But it’s hard to show for sure, just like people, I think rightly
assume that Barack Obama had to have known a lot more about what Jeremiah Wright was saying all those years than he’s letting on.


At 12:31 AM EDT, Blogger Rebecca said...

But is there any indication that Obama *agrees with* either Khalidi or Ayers? I don't see it at all. His campaign is a center-left campaign (at least in American terms) - it is by no means anything further to the left than that.

At 10:23 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"His campaign is a center-left campaign..."

Hardly. He has the most liberal voting record in Congress.

At 2:02 PM EDT, Blogger Marcia Miner said...

trc: I ask that you think back on Clinton. He knew enough to be a centrist and would not have thought to do anything differently because it would have been a return to old democratic programs of big government, big spending etc. He sensed where the public was in the 1990s and knew why the democrats were losing elections. Conversely, today Obama correctly senses that, since 16/17 years ago, Americans have changed and now they accept that universal health care isn't socialism, and that our infrastructure has been neglected, that there really is a need for energy independence, and you can't get it without some government involvement. And to get these things we all will have to suffer a bit.


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