What is the connection between Obama and Al-Mansour?
Much has been reported recently about the long list of Barack Obama's questionable relationships, and how they affect his qualifications to be President of the United States. They also reflect his judgment and tell us a lot about who he is.
It is true that like attracts like. We tend to gravitate towards other people who share our beliefs and values. We all know that from our own lives. That's especially troubling in the case of Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Update: At the bottom of this article, you will find a 2012 update.
We wrote earlier that because of just one of those relationships, Barack Obama could not pass the background investigation required for members of "The President's Own" Marine Band!" Yet millions of Americans want to trust him with our country's most sensitive classified information.
So we continue our exploration of Barack Obama and his radical connections.
Many have asked who or what is behind Senator Barack Obama's meteoric rise onto the national political stage. It seems odd to many people that someone with so few "real" accomplishments could be so quickly propelled to status as a major party nominee for President.
Jack Cashill, at WorldNetDaily.com wonders if perhaps that meteoric rise could be attributed to "an affluent and unseen political godfather, someone with a grander vision than Bill Ayers or Tony Rezko." That certainly sounds like a plausibleexplanation. The question we have is this: Is there only one?
There have been many stories about wealthy Obama supporters including billionaire George Soros, David Geffen, and others.
Whether one or more, it is possible one of Barack Obama's "political godfathers" is Khalid Al-Mansour.
Who is Al-Mansour?
Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour, describes himself as "an internationally acknowledged adviser to heads of state and business leaders in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America."
Kenneth Timmerman has written several articles about Obama and Al-Mansour at Newsmax. com. He says:
"Although many Americans have never heard of Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour (his full name), he is well known within the black community as a lawyer, an orthodox Muslim, a black nationalist, an author, an international deal-maker, an educator, and an outspoken enemy of Israel.
A graduate of Howard University with a law degree from the University of California [Berkeley], al-Mansour sits on numerous corporate boards, including the Saudi African Bank and Chicago-based LaGray Chemical Co. LaGray, which was formed to do business in Africa, counts former Nigerian President General Abdusalam Abubakar on its advisory board.
He also sits on the board of the non-profit African Leadership Academy, along with top McCain for President adviser Carly Fiorina, and organized a tribute to the President of Ghana at the Clinton White House in 1995, along with pop star Michael Jackson.
But his writings and books are packed with anti-American rhetoric reminiscent of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s disgraced former pastor."
Born Donald Warden, al-Mansour changed his name after studying Islam and learning Arabic. Said al-Mansour, "I found that Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour, if you put ’em together, it means that, if I’m eternally the slave of God, and I follow the right path, I will always be victorious. I liked that. So that became my name.'
During his days at Berkeley, Donald Warden served as a mentor to young Black Panthers Huey Newton and Donald Seale.
According to Timmerman:
"Al-Mansour’s rise to fame and fortune began with an introduction to the Saudi king in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 1977.
'I was asked by a Saudi friend – he was a student down in Newport (Calif.) – to go home with him to Riyadh,' al-Mansour told Newsmax.
His friend was a member of the royal family and planned to ask the king for money to help with his studies in the United States. But the king was in no mood to be generous.
'He was mad. And then my friend told me that the basis of his anger was that OPEC was being sued," al-Mansour said. 'This was a very nasty conspiracy that involved some of the biggest respected political names in America. The king didn’t know all of that, but he knew he wasn’t happy.'
Al-Mansour’s friend told the king he (Al-Mansour) was a lawyer. 'The King didn’t know if I was a good lawyer or bad lawyer, but said, 'Will you do it?' I said, 'I’d have to study it.' He said, 'Just take it, and get out!''
The king required that only one lawyer represent the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. 'So you win or you lose, based on the outcome because no one’s going to listen to any excuses. You’re either a loser for life, or a winner for life,' al-Mansour said.
Al-Mansour was a winner – big time.
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He met and befriended Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the world’s 19th-wealthiest person, when the prince was studying at Menlo College in California in the late 1970s. Al-Mansour’s law partner was representing the prince in a court case in California.
After getting a degree in business administration from Menlo in 1979, Prince Alwaleed went back to Saudi Arabia determined to become extremely successful, al-Mansour recalled.
The two began to work together, and the prince asked him to help him invest in Africa. 'He said, let’s make our focus turning Africa around. He has never told me until today where this idea came from, but it became an obsession.'
Al-Mansour says he and the prince flew from country to country as he introduced the prince to heads of state. 'It was easy for me, because I knew all the presidents.'" [How?]
So where did Al-Mansour run into Barack Obama?
The only reports we've been able to locate speculate that the two may have met at Columbia, when Obama was a student there and Al-Mansour was a guest lecturer. Obama refuses to discuss anything about his days at Columbia. There is also speculation that he may have met Williams Ayers there as well.
"Asked specifically whether he had 'spotted' Barack Obama while he was an undergraduate at Columbia as a promising student he wanted to help get into Harvard Law School, al-Mansour pleaded a faulty memory.
'I give a lot of speeches on college campuses, in the US and abroad. So I meet people all the time…. But I can’t say that I remember that.'"
Last March, one-time New York City mayoral candidate Percy Sutton recalled that Al-Mansour contacted him some 20 years ago to write a letter of recommendation to support the admission of a young man named Barack Obama to Harvard Law school. Sutton says Al-Mansour thought perhaps a letter from Sutton would carry more weight because Sutton was a frequent lecturer there.
Sutton did so, and said he believed that Al-Mansour was also raising money to help support Obama's education.
Obama has said that he worked his way through school, with the help of student loans.
"The Obama campaign told Newsmax that Obama self-financed his three years at Harvard Law School with loans, and did not receive any scholarship from Harvard Law school.
[Obama spokesman] LaBolt denied that Obama received any financial assistance from Harvard or from outside parties. 'No - he paid his way through by taking out loans,' he said in an email to Newsmax.
At the time, Harvard cost around $25,000 a year, or $75,000 for the three years that Obama attended. And as president of the Harvard Law Review, he received no stipend from the school, Harvard spokesman Mike Armini said.
'That is considered a volunteer position,' Armini said. 'There is no salary or grant associated with it.'
So if the figures cited by the Obama campaign for the Senator’s student loans are accurate, that means that Obama came up with more than $32,000 over three years from sources other than loans to pay for tuition, room and board. [Not to mention books and other living expenses. Law school text books are usually $50+ each!]
Where did he find the money? Did it come from friends of Khalid Al Mansour? And why would a radical Muslim activist with ties to the Saudi royal family be raising money for Barack Obama?
That’s the question the Obama campaign still won’t answer."
There are SO many claims by the Obama campaign that just don't add up.
On the campaign trail in Pennsylvania in April, trying to convince voters that her family has the same struggles and challenges as theirs, Michelle Obama lamented that Barack had "just paid off his loan debt" for his education at Harvard Law School.
In Ohio in February, Michelle acknowledged the burden many American families have with student loan payments that can continue for many years after graduation. She said the only reason they weren't in that position is that her husband had written a couple of best-selling books.
The first book, Dreams from My Father, was published in hardback in 1995, as Obama was campaigning for the Senate in Illinois, and suffered lackluster sales. But it was re-published in paperback in 2004, just after his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention caused people to sit up and take notice.
Published reports indicate that Obama's share of royalties for 2005 was $1.2 million.
The Chicago Sun published a report claiming that Obama borrowed $42,753 to pay for Harvard Law School, and that Michelle Obama borrowed $40,762 to pay for her years at Harvard Law School.
Newsmax reviewed Senator Obama's financial disclosure statements as far back as the year 2000, and found no mention of any outstanding student loans.
"As a United States Senate candidate, Barack Obama was required to file a financial disclosure form in 2004 detailing his assets, income, consulting contracts, and liabilities.
Obama listed 'zero' under liabilities in 2004 and in all subsequent U.S. Senate financial disclosure forms.
Under the Senate ethics rules, he is required to disclose any loan, including credit card debt, of $10,000 or more. The only exception to the reporting requirement is mortgage debt on a principal residence.
The Senate reports also directly contradict Michelle Obama’s claim that the couple had 'only just' paid off their student loans after receiving book royalties paid out in 2005 and 2006 – well after her husband had been ensconced in the Senate.
Apparently, Michelle Obama 'misspoke,' according to the version provided by the Obama campaign.
Campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt now tells Newsmax that the loans Sen. Obama took out to pay for Harvard Law School 'were repaid in full while he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate [in 2004], and under the rules, the modest outstanding balance he repaid was not reportable as a liability on his personal financial disclosure reports.'
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Obama didn’t report income from the book until 2005, so it’s unclear how he was able to repay his student loans in 2004.
Responding to attacks from the Hillary Clinton campaign during the primaries, Obama released seven years of tax returns on March 25 of this year.
The returns, dating back to 2000, indicate that the couple paid no interest on their student loans. The interest from such loans would have been deductible on their joint income tax returns.
For 2000 through 2004, taxpayers declared student loan interest as a deduction on line 24 of federal form 1040. After 2004, the deduction can be taken on Line 33.
But the Obamas never declared a dime of interest in student loans on their return, most likely because they simply earned too much money to be able to take the deduction under the IRS rules.
Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt had no answer as to why the Obamas’ failed to declare the loans."
Fast forward four years, and President Barack Obama is running for re-election. Pat Dollard published a very interesting and thought-provoking article he found from 1979, written by Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett's former father-in-law, who was at that time a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, about Arab financial support of black American students. Could this explain why Obama bowed to the Saudi King?
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