As I reported yesterday 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 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 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” suggests a prior relationship.
Miele could find no other reference to this initiative. It may have taken a private turn and, if so, 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, 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.
Given this background, it seems altogether likely that venerable African-American entrepreneur and politico, Percy Sutton, told the truth when he said that al-Mansour asked him to help smooth Barack Obama’s admission into Harvard Law School 20 years earlier.
Given this background, it is altogether more appalling that the media killed this game-changing story in 2008 through lies, denials and the slandering of Percy Sutton.