Just Like With Ayers… Obama Is Distorting His Relationship With Former PLO Operative Rashid Khalidi

The LA Times is holding a video that shows Barack Obama celebrating with a group of Palestinians who are openly hostile towards Israel. Barack Obama even gives a toast to former PLO operative Rashid Khalidi at this celebration. If the American public saw this side of Barack Obama he would never be elected president.
But, the media refuses to release this video.

Here is more on Obama’s close association with Rashid Khalidi–

Obama is not being honest about his association with Rashid Khalidi.


When confronted on his close association with former PLO operative and radical Jew-hater Rashid Khalidi, this is what Obama told a group of Jewish voters in Florida in May- a man so close to Obama that the Khalidis used to babysit the Obama children:

Here are Obama’s remarks on his association with the former PLO operative Khalidi:

“You mentioned Rashid Khalidi, who’s a professor at Columbia,” Obama said. “I do know him because I taught at the University of Chicago. And he is Palestinian. And I do know him and I have had conversations. He is not one of my advisors; he’s not one of my foreign policy people. His kids went to the Lab school where my kids go as well. He is a respected scholar, although he vehemently disagrees with a lot of Israel’s policy.”

So why does Obama think this bit of information about Khalidi’s kids previously attending the same school that Obama’s kids currently attend is relevant to the question at hand? Or is this a standard response formulated by Obama and his handlers for deflecting queries about radical associates? Was there a hope that the less-than-careful listener would not pick up on the verb’s past tense form and would rather imagine involved parents brought together through their schoolchildren?

How eerily similar that response is to the one given by Obama strategist David Axelrod to Politico’s Ben Smith about Bill Ayers:

“Bill Ayers lives in his neighborhood. Their kids attend the same school,” he said. “They’re certainly friendly, they know each other, as anyone whose kids go to school together.”

However, that response, given two months before the Florida synagogue appearance, actually placed both sets of children at the same school at the same time, to which the Guardian’s Danial Nasaw cried foul, noting the significant age differential:

Ayers’ son Malik is roughly my age (27), his son Zayd is three years older, and Rhodes Scholar Chesa Boudin, Ayers and wife Bernadine Dohrn’s foster son, is also roughly my age.

I know this because I went to summer camp with Malik and Chesa when we were little boys, at Ramapo Country Day Camp right across the Hudson from New York City. Ayers held a teaching post at Columbia that year.

Meanwhile, Obama’s daughters Sasha and Malia are 6 and 9, respectively.

This prompted Smith to append a “clarification” to the aforementioned Politico link:

UPDATE: There’s been a bit of confusion about Axelrod’s line on the kids, who — as the Guardian’s Daniel Nasaw noted — aren’t the same age. Obama’s kids went go the the University of Chicago Lab Schools, where Ayers kids, who are much older, had gone. However, Bernardine Dohrn is still active at the school, and an Obama aide said that was the connection.

This was obviously the planned response Obama would give when asked about his associations with these two radicals.

Also, keep in mind that Khalidi’s son, Ismail Khalidi who contributes to Ali Abuminah’s Electronic Intifada (Abuminah himself sitting on the Board of Directors of the Arab American Action Network).

If all of these folks represent “the conversation” about Israeli-Palestinian affairs that Obama hopes to continue, we’re in trouble.

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Charles Johnson linked to a list of contact addresses for the LA Times’ advertisers and owners so that you can ask them to demand that the Times release the video of Barack Obama praising former PLO spokesman Rashid Khalidi.

Andrew McCarthy has more on the LA Times’ refusal to release their tape on Obama and Khalidi.

David Thompson has more on Khalidi’s delusions.

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