Investors Business Daily has done some interesting reporting with respect to a man whom helped him get into Harvard Law. Several online sources have reported similarly and their links are below.
He is Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Monsour. He’s formerly known as Donald Warden and recognized as a mentor to Black Panthers Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. Dr. al-Monsour solicited a letter of recommendation from a one time candidate for mayor of NYC, Percy Sutton. Reports IBD:
In an interview earlier this year on New York’s all-news cable channel NY1, the 88-year-old Sutton made some interesting revelations about his relationship with the young Obama. He told NY1 reporter Dominic Carter on “Inside City Hall” that he was introduced to Obama by a friend raising money for him. The friend asked Sutton to write a letter in support of Obama’s application to Harvard law school.
“The friend’s name is Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, from Texas, ” Sutton said. “He is the principal adviser to one of the world’s richest men. He told me about Obama.”
Sutton recalled that al-Mansour said, “There is a young man that has applied to Harvard. I know that you have a few friends up there because you used to go up there to speak. Would you please write a letter in support of him?” Sutton did.
Obama has said he relied on loans for Harvard Law and there is indeed nothing wrong with benefactors in general. But why al-Monsour? How did he firts meet such a dubious character? If al-Monsour did indeed raise money for Obama’s law school tuition, was he repaid? Where did al-Mounsour get such funds from?
IBD provides something troubling to one of these questions:
According to Timmerman, “At the time Percy Sutton, a former lawyer for Malcolm X and a former business partner of al-Mansour, says he (al-Mansour) was raising money for Obama’s graduate school education (and) al-Mansour was representing top members of the Saudi Royal family seeking to do business and exert influence in the United States.”
One of those Saudi royals was Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of Saudi King Abdullah. He was the Saudi prince who offered to donate $10 million to help New York rebuild after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. After the prince publicly suggested (as Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, did recently) that U.S. policies brought on the attacks, then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Prince Alwaleed where he could deposit his check.
Richard Fernandez (Belmont Club) indicates in his post that al-Monsour might be the same attorney whom represents OPEC interests in the US. But why would Obama know such a man as this? Where would he meet him?
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This post was written by bobsikes on September 6, 2008