Last night during Jim’s fireside chat, we discussed Obama’s friendship with Rashid Khalidi, a quasi-spokesperson for the Palestinian Liberation Organization in the late 1980s. In the liberal university and college system here in the states, he’s also known as a leading Palestinian scholar and activist.
He comes into the forefront this week for two reasons. In May, Obama was asked about his relationship with Khalidi at a town hall-type meeting at a synagogue in Florida. We have the video with the question and the response.
Obama seems to think he’s “just another guy who lives in the neighborhood” but the L.A. Times reportedly has video (second reason) from a 2003 California event in honor of Khalidi where Obama praised his friend. The alternative media, and now the McCain campaign is asking the L.A. Times to release the video immediately. They refuse.
Khalidi and the Obamas were great friends in Chicago and often shared meals together. By the way, Khalidi was also best friends with Bill Ayers.
Should the Times release the video? If Sarah Palin’s videotaped address to the Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) – as governor of the state – was huge news and absorbed by the left and proved that she was some sort of nut, why ignore this tape?
Last night, one of the live participants mentioned a possible reason the Times is balking. They want access to Obama if he becomes president and release of that tape would put them in the dog house.