Saturday, September 06, 2008

OBAMA: Questions linger!

Talk about vetting problems - some disturbing reports on Barack Obama ... will the real candidate please stand up?

George Handlery in his weekly analysis of global issues raises these concerns ...
... It seems that the evidence mounts that Obama tended to find persons of inspiration that are unsavory. The matter began with Rev. Wright. Now it is Ayers and supposedly Dohrn. Even if there is no evidence that Obama supported the unrepentant Ayers’ terrorist methods, the [relationship] raises concerns. The more so if you put it next to Obama’s relationship to Wright.

The two cases indicate an inclination to choose radical bedfellows. Could it be precisely their extremism that made them into objects of attraction?
[If so], one is led to ask, what ... will pop up next.

... Obama’s claim of bringing all of us together and [while cultivating relationships] with radicals until the embarrassing relationship becomes public nurtures a suspicion. Could it be that the candidate has two programs? One is the official one. The other might be the below-the-surface one. Every bit of the latter category disqualifies him because of his judgment if not due to his conviction as a Senator or even as dogcatcher.
Then Rebecca Bynum, as The Iconoclast in the New English Review blog, links us to another disturbing rumor ...
Last week, Richard Fernandez at Pajamas media questioned whether a Townhall blog post by Amanda Carpenter which identified a man said by Percy Sutton to have helped Obama both pay for and get into Harvard as a ranting anti-semite shown on videos she linked. The man is Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour, earlier known as Don Warden. Fernandez couldn't believe the raving looney in the videos could be a financial advisor to Saudi billionaires.

Ken Timmerman has done some digging and the answer is yes. Ms. Carpenter had the right man.
Carpenter's report and query begins with this (videos included) ...
Civil rights activist Percy Sutton said he was solicited by a man named Dr. Khalid al Mansour to send a letter of reccomendation on behalf of Barack Obama to help him gain acceptance to Harvard many years ago. (This video and transcript is at the bottom of the post)

But who is Khalid al Mansour and how did he know Barack Obama? A cursory search on Youtube turns up several controversial clips, in the vein of Obama's longtime friend and former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
And al Mansour (aka Don Warden) has views similar to Ayers and Dorhn it seems.

But there's more. Mr. Obama wants your guns ... and it is not to admire them. News Busters passes on a WSJ report via On Tap ...
"If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it." Obama said. But the Illinois senator could still see skeptics in the crowd, particularly on the faces of several men at the back of the room.

So he tried again. "Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress," he said. "This can’t be the reason not to vote for me. Can everyone hear me in the back? I see a couple of sportsmen back there. I’m not going to take away your guns."

He wants them, oh how he wants them ... he just doesn't "have the votes." Perhaps this is the legislation he's been waiting to author? Does he plan to give them to his radical friends?

This is reminiscent of other disparaging comments about guns and gun owners from times past. The two guys in the back were not reassured.

What's going on here? Where are Herr Oldbermein and Saint Matthews and old media?

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