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Obama-Farrakhan Ties Are Close, Ex-Farrakhan Aide Says

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Obama-Farrakhan Ties Are Close, Ex-Farrakhan Aide Says

Mensaje por freedom of expression el Lun Nov 03, 2008 7:34 pm

Saturday, November 1, 2008 2:59 PM

By: Kenneth R. Timmerman

former top deputy to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan tells
Newsmax that Barack Obama's ties to the black nationalist movement in
Chicago run deep, and that for many years the two men have had "an open
line between them" to discuss policy and strategy, either directly or
through intermediaries.

"Remember that for years, if you were
a politician in Chicago, you had to have some type of relationship with
Louis Farrakhan. You had to. If you didn't, you would be ostracized out
of black Chicago," said Dr. Vibert White Jr., who spent most of his
adult life as a member and ultimately top officer of the Nation of

White broke with the group in 1995 and is now a
professor of African-American history at the University of Central
Florida in Orlando.

White said Obama was "part of the Chicago
scene" where Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. and
radicals would go to each other's events and support each other's

"Even though Chicago is the third-largest city in the
country, within the black community, the political and militant
nationalist community is very small. So it wouldn't be uncommon for
[Obama and Farrakhan] to show up at events together, or at least be
there and communicate with each other," White told Newsmax.

The Anti-Defamation League has denounced Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam as a "hate group."

has called Jews "bloodsuckers," "satanic" and accused them of running
the slave trade. He has labeled gays as "degenerates." In a 2006
speech, the ADL again condemned Farrakhan when he said: "These false
Jews promote the filth of Hollywood that is seeding the American people
and the people of the world and bringing you down in moral strength. …
It's the wicked Jews the false Jews that are promoting lesbianism,
homosexuality. It's wicked Jews, false Jews that make it a crime for
you to preach the word of God, then they call you homophobic!"

was careful to "denounce" Farrakhan's comments – but not the man --
during the Democratic primary season earlier this year, but only after
Hillary Clinton called him out for benefiting from Farrakhan's support.

Farrakhan endorsed Obama in a videotaped speech to his
followers at Mosque Miryam in Chicago in February. "You are the
instruments that God is gonna use to bring about universal change, and
that is why Barack has captured the youth," Farrakhan said.

He told the crowd that Obama was the new "messiah." See Video: Farrakhan Endorses Obama, Calls Him Messiah.

the news media and the Clinton campaign got hold of those comments from
Farrakhan, demands mounted from all sides that Obama "renounce"

But as he has done repeatedly throughout this campaign, Obama was careful to parse his words.

know, I have been very clear in my denunciation of Minister Farrakhan's
anti-Semitic comments," he said during one appearance on "Meet the
Press." "I think that they are unacceptable and reprehensible."

hastened to point out that Farrakhan had been praising him as "an
African-American who seems to be bringing the country together. I
obviously can't censor him, but it is not support that I sought. And
we're not doing anything, I assure you, formally or informally with
Minister Farrakhan."

But Obama, once again, was less than candid.

1995, according to a profile of Obama that appeared in the Chicago
Reader newspaper, Obama "took time off from attending campaign coffees
to attend October's Million Man March in Washington, D.C."

the time, Obama was running for the Illinois Senate from Chicago's
South Side, a seat he won after getting surrogates to challenge the
signatures on nominating petitions for his chief rival, the incumbent
Alice Palmer.

The march, which fell far short of attracting
the million men it advertised, was organized by Farrakhan and by
Obama's then-pastor, the anti-white black nationalist Wright.

spoke at length with the Chicago Reader upon his return from the
Million Man March. "What I saw was a powerful demonstration of an
impulse and need for African-American men to come together to recognize
each other and affirm our rightful place in the society," he said.

are mean, cruel times, exemplified by a `lock 'em up, take no
prisoners' mentality that dominates the Republican-led Congress," Obama

"Historically, African-Americans have turned inward and
towards black nationalism whenever they have a sense, as we do now,
that the mainstream has rebuffed us, and that white Americans couldn't
care less about the profound problems African-Americans are facing."

nationalism" is a current of thought and political action in the
African-American community that has been championed by the likes of
Farrakhan, Wright, Malcolm X, the Black Panthers and Khalid al-Mansour.
Obama discussed his attraction to black nationalism at length in his
1995 memoir "Dreams of My Father."

Obama further parsed his
words in a Feb. 25, 2008, presentation to a Jewish community meeting in
Cleveland, Ohio, where he insisted that Wright "does not have a close
relationship with Louis Farrakhan."

And yet, just months
earlier, Wright's Trumpet magazine gave Farrakhan its Lifetime
Achievement Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award, saying that
Farrakhan "truly epitomized greatness."

That award was the
fruit of a long and deep relationship between the two men, White told
Newsmax. In 1984, Wright accompanied Farrakhan on his much-criticized
trip to meet Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, at a time when Gadhafi was
considered an enemy of the United States.

Wright also
accompanied Farrakhan and Jackson to Syria in 1986, where they
successfully negotiated with Syrian strongman for the release of downed
American pilot Robert O. Goodman.

Obama's Speaking Style

addition to the ideological affinity Obama expressed for the black
nationalist movement, White believes that Obama owes much of his
success as a public orator to speaking techniques that Farrakhan
developed over the years, and exploited for years to great success.

you listen to the rhetoric and you take away Obama's political jargon,
you hear a religious tenor to it that is very much Nation of
Islam-like. I don't know if anyone has ever touched on it, but Obama's
speaking style is very Malcolm-like, very Farrakhan-like," White said.

American who has listened to early radio or television interviews of
Obama can hear how dramatically Obama's speaking style has changed
since he became a United States senator.

In clips dating from
2001 and even early 2004, Obama speaks haltingly and in long, rambling
sentences packed with legalese and dense pseudo-academic rhetoric. But
not today.

"As a former minister of the Nation of Islam, I
know how they speak," White told Newsmax. "I don't know who was
training Obama. But that style is not a ministerial style like in the
Christian church. It's a Nation of Islam style."

White began
in the late 1970s as a foot soldier in the Fruit of Islam, the military
branch of Farrakhan's Black Muslim group, then rose to become a
minister of the Nation of Islam and a top deputy to Farrakhan himself.

initially as Brother Vibert L.X., and later as Minister V.L. Muhammad,
he parted ways with Farrakhan not long after the Million Man March,
after nearly 25 years within the organization.

White's 2002
book "Inside the Nation of Islam" prompted death threats by Farrakhan
loyalists, so he left Illinois and moved to Florida to teach at the
University of Central Florida.

He told Newsmax that Obama's
remarkable speaking style, even his manner of standing at a podium to
appear larger than life, is directly copied from Farrakhan.

the Nation of Islam can't do anything else, it can train people how to
speak. And nobody can outspeak a Muslim minister," he said.

this year, a pro-Clinton blog run by former CIA officer Larry Johnson
unearthed a 2004 photograph showing Michelle Obama and Farrakahn's
wife, Mother Khadijah Farrakhan, at an event hosted by Jackson's
Citizenship Education Foundation.

Newsmax queried Obama's U.S.
Senate office, his Chicago office and his campaign press office about
his ties to Farrakhan, but did not receive a reply.

Ever since
he appeared before the annual policy conference of the American-Israel
Public Affairs Committee in June, Obama has attempted to convince the
Jewish community that he is pro-Israel.

But his longstanding
ties to Farrakhan, Wright and Palestinian activist Rashid Khalidi,
among others, have disturbed many Jewish community leaders.

John McCain publicly chastised The Los Angeles Times on Thursday for
not releasing a videotape the newspaper said it possessed of a 2003
dinner for Khalidi, where Obama reportedly accused Israel of carrying
out a "genocide" against the Palestinians.

© 2008 Newsmax. All rights reserved.



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