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As I reported Monday in WND, Khalid al-Mansour’s recent appearance on a BlogTalkRadio show, “The National and International Roundtable,” revived a story that did not deserve to die in 2008 when it first surfaced.
In the introduction to that show, the host summarized what that story was. Khalid al-Mansour, he said, “made news in 2008 when it was revealed that he had been a patron of President Barack Obama and had recommended him for admission to Harvard Law School.”
The host went on to describe al-Mansour as “co-founder of the International law firm of al-Waleed, al-Talal and al-Mansour and special adviser to Saudi Arabian prince, his royal highness Prince Al Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulazziz.” For the record, al-Mansour entered the world as an African-American by the name of “Donald Warden.”
Thanks to the good work of Frank Miele, editor of the Daily Interlake of Kalispell, Mont., we can begin to see how al-Mansour and bin Talal may have involved themselves in Obama’s ascendancy.
Miele unearthed a November 1979 column (page 19-A) written by one Vernon Jarrett, a veteran black columnist then for the Chicago Tribune and later for the Chicago Sun Times. As it happens, al-Mansour was Jarrett’s source for the information in that column.
Jarrett begins the column, “What about rumored billions of dollars the oil-rich Arab nations are supposed to unload on American black leaders and minority institutions?”
“It’s not just a rumor,” al-Mansour assures him. “Aid will come from some of the Arab states.” After detailing al-Mansour’s work defending OPEC against an anti-trust suit, Jarrett observes that al-Mansour had been urging “the rich Arab kingdoms to cultivate stronger ties to America’s blacks by supporting black businesses and black colleges and giving financial help to disadvantaged students.”
It is not yet known how, or even if, al-Mansour knew Jarrett. The fact, however, that he singled Jarrett out to convey information about a program designed to spend “$20 million per year for 10 years to aid 10,000 minority students” would seem to suggest a prior relationship.
Apparently, however, al-Mansour is now denying the whole story. He has told Buzzfeed that he had nothing to do with Obama’s education and that he was not even the source for Jarrett’s column. “I’ve never heard of it,” he said of the column. “I have no idea what the motivation of Mr. Jarrett was.”
When Buzzfeed asked al-Mansour about why respected black politico Percy Sutton said in 2008 that al-Manour helped Obama get into Harvard, he replied, “Mr. Sutton’s dead, I would have no idea. I can’t ask him.” Added Mansour about Obama, “I have the greatest respect for him but never met him.”
If the initiative Jarrett discussed were legitimate, Obama would have made a very likely candidate for the support of rich Arab kingdoms like Saudi Arabia. In addition to his Islamic name and roots, Obama had one very good connection, his mentor Frank Marshall Davis, card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA.
In the late 1940s, Davis, then a prominent journalist in Chicago, took young reporter Vernon Jarrett under his wing. As Paul Kengor relates in his excellent book, “The Communist,” Davis and Jarrett worked together on a number of projects, most notably the communist-controlled Citizens’ Committee to Aid Packinghouse Workers.
It so happens that 1979 was the year Obama began college. In his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” he tells how he visited “Frank” before departing for the mainland, and Davis gave him the lowdown on college life.
Jarrett remained a prominent Chicago player until his death in 2004. Something of a kingmaker, he had much to do with the election of Chicago’s first black mayor and Obama’s role model, Harold Washington.
In that same year Washington was elected, 1983, his son, Dr. William Robert Jarrett, married Valerie Bowman. As Valerie Jarrett, she would become Obama’s most trusted adviser in the White House.
There are several possible explanations for this sequence of events, none of them savory. For this to remain a non-story, the media have to assume that Jarrett fabricated his 1979 al-Mansour interview and that in a fit of dementia Sutton fabricated a discussion with al-Mansour during his 2008 TV interview.
Neither seems likely. That both would lie is improbable beyond measure. There are two more realistic explanations. One is that al-Mansour is a career-long BS artist.
The second, and more probable, is that he is now lying to protect the Obama candidacy. Sutton did, after all, send a letter to Harvard at someone’s urging.