Exclusive: How Does Barack Obama Know Khalid al Mansour? Uninvestigated Relationship Threatens the Public Trust

by N. M. GUARIGLIA October 16, 2008
There’s a lot of hysteria on the Internet. Unsubstantiated claims are tossed around like hot potatoes, and as a result it has become a heck of a lot easier to ruin someone’s career, or tarnish their image. Considering this, Sen. Barack Obama created a website — very wisely, I might add — solely focused on discrediting false accusations hurdled against him. I invite you to visit the site at FightTheSmears.com, where Sen. Obama’s campaign, amongst other things, debunks the claims that the Democrat nominee is a Muslim, or that Mrs. Obama referred to white people as “whitey.” And for good measure, the site also assures us that, yes, Barack loves the troops.
 
What’s glaring, however, is what is not on the site. The real questions; the things left unmentioned. Atop that list is one Dr. Khalid al Mansour, a man who describes himself as an “internationally acknowledged advisor to heads-of-state and business leaders in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America.” 
 
Mansour is involved in the African investment activities of Kingdom Holdings, the investment company of Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal (who Rudy Giuliani famously rebuked at Ground Zero).
 
Mansour sits on the boards of nearly a dozen conglomerates and banks all over the world. Oh, and just in case you didn’t think his resume was impressive enough, he’s also authored two dozen books. Richard Fernandez called Mansour “the human equivalent of the Nigerian e-mail scam.”
 
Sounds too good to be true, right?
 
Well, he’s real. He’s so real, and so influential, in fact, that he just might have pulled the proper strings to get Sen. Barack Obama into Harvard University some years ago.
 
Infamous Percy Sutton, the former civil rights attorney for Malcolm X, now in his later years, was on a local New York show called “Inside City Hall” with host Dominic Carter. It was during his talk with Carter where Sutton brought up his support for Sen. Obama’s candidacy, and explained the first time he heard of young Barack. Sutton stated:
 
I was introduced to him (Obama) by a friend who was raising money for him and the friends name was Dr. Khalid al Mansour from Texas (emphasis added)… He is the principle advisor to one of the world’s richest men. He told me about Obama. 
 
Sutton continued:
 
He wrote to me about him and his introduction was ‘there is a young man that has applied to Harvard and I know that you have a few friends left there because you used to go up there to speak, would you please write a letter in support of him?’… I wrote a letter in support of him to my friends at Harvard saying to them I thought there was a genius that was going to be available and I sure hoped they would treat him kindly.
 
Sutton revealed this quite innocently. In the interview, which can be seen on YouTube, Sutton sounded like a grandfather bragging about his grandson’s accomplishments; he is now a proud supporter of Sen. Obama, and the last thing he would want to do is hurt his candidacy. Sutton is also a credible source, given that he had been Manhattan’s borough president for many years and was once a serious candidate for mayor of New York City.
 
So why should this interest us? Well, for starters, because we don’t know it. There used to be a time when the public required knowing everything about their respective presidential candidates. For instance, we know how and why Sen. McCain went to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. It’s simply a matter of record, and has been on record for decades.
 
With Sen. Obama, however, there is a large portion of his biography that has essentially been inked out. Who is this Mansour fellow? How did Sen. Obama meet him? What was the extent of their relationship? We just do not know. 
 
Sen. Obama’s campaign said Sutton misspoke, but Sutton himself was unable to be reached for comment. When Mansour was asked about this by Politico’s Ben Smith, he denied the story, but said he admired Obama, adding “Any statement that I made would only further this activity which is not in the interest of Barack.”
 
That’s true. It isn’t in the interest of Barack It is, however, in the interest of the public to know everything about Sen. Obama before we elect him to the presidency. Is Mansour truly an advisor to the Saudis? Is he truly friends with Obama? Who is this guy? 
 
A quick video search of Mansour sheds some light, and the results aren’t pretty. The man is a hardcore Islamist who lectures, screaming “White people don’t feel bad, whatever you do to them, they deserve it,” continuing, “God wants you to do it and that’s when you cut out the nose, cut out the ears, take flesh out of their body, don’t worry because God wants you to do it.”
 
That is one of the nicer things Mansour has to say about non-Muslims, whites, Westerners, and Americans. Given Sutton’s testimony, this man — an advisor to the Saudi royals, and rabid anti-Semitic Islamic extremist — very possibly had a friendly relationship with Sen. Obama, fundraised for him, and helped him get into Ivy League law school.
 
Interesting, right?
 
There might also be a Mansour-William Ayers connection, dating back to Chicago. Recall, Ayers is the Timothy McVeigh-like domestic terrorist from the 1970s who bombed the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol, other federal buildings, attacked policemen, targeted judges, declared war on the United States, told children to “kill your parents,” and said as recently as a few years ago he had no regrets. 
 
Today, according to Ayers, his only regret was he wished he had bombed more. When Sen. Obama was asked about Ayers during the primaries — remarkably just one time — he said Ayers was just a guy that “lives in (his) neighborhood.” (You know, like Mister Rogers.)
 
We now know that is false, and there was more to the story. Much more: Ayers began Sen. Obama’s political career from his own living room, a cocktail party that sparked years of business partnerships, fundraisers, and political alliances — as well as a joint-venture which radicalized Chicago’s inner-city school curriculum to such an extent that it even received praise from thug dictator Hugo Chávez during a meeting with Ayers in Venezuela.
 
One takes a look at Sen. Obama’s rapid and unexamined rise out of Chicago, and the figures to emerge from his past evoke a strikingly odd theme: Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Tony Rezko, Michael Phleger — in each case, Sen. Obama’s associates were radical, dangerous, promoted his career, and were kept hidden from the public eye until exposed by one or two brave souls. And in the follow-up explanations, the constant theme has been Sen. Obama repeatedly downplaying and giving only a tidbit of the story surrounding his past.
 
How is this not a national story? No, check that: How is this not the biggest story of the election — or of the last two, three, or four elections? The media is amazed when news breaks that the Illinois celebrity-senator is friends with Scarlett Johansson, yet there’s not even a modicum of interest in a story of this magnitude. Why?
 
The public deserves to know. Inquiry must be empirical, not conspiratorial. If Sen. Obama has a logical clarification for Khalid al Mansour, then the issue should be dropped. Given his track record, however, and the media’s record of not covering Sen. Obama like every other candidate to ever run for office, that likelihood seems dubious at best.
 
Amanda Carpenter at Townhall and a few others have already reported this strange tale — but, like most stories this election cycle, they die on the vine if the national media does not give them legs. Vladimir Lenin once said that “a lie told often enough becomes the truth.” That logic is a two-way street: the truth not told enough becomes forgotten.  
 
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Nicholas Guariglia is a polemic and essayist who writes on Islam and Middle Eastern geopolitics. He can be reached at nickguar@gmail.com.

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