Now that former President Barack Obama is safely finished with his two terms as president, a 2005 photograph of him smiling and enjoying life with none other than Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has surfaced.
Talk about impeccable timing, and it wasn’t by accident.
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) January 25, 2018
The picture of the duo was taken by journalist Askia Muhammed in 2005 at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting, but was never released because Muhammed didn’t want to do anything to hinder Obama’s prospects at someday attaining the presidency.
Put another way, Obama met with Farrakhan at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting in 2005, and not a single person in attendance leaked that information until now. https://t.co/MytQ1PsuAm pic.twitter.com/aMLoKDmdc1
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) January 25, 2018
Because in some circles, knowingly associating with someone who even the left leaning Southern Poverty Law Center says has anti-white and anti-Semitic views could be detrimental to a career in high office.
But since Obama’s presidency is concluded, Muhammad has decided to publish the picture in a book entitled, “The Autobiography of Charles 67X,” according to the Daily Caller.
Peter Hasson writes:
The photo was first published last week by the Trice Edney News Wire, a “provocative, empowering, unapologetically Black” wire news service that interviewed Muhammad. The veteran journalist told the news service that he “gave the picture up at the time and basically swore secrecy” to protect Obama.
“But after the nomination was secured and all the way up until the inauguration; then for eight years after he was President, it was kept under cover,” said Muhammad.
As to whether the picture could have harmed Obama’s political prospects, the award winning photographer himself said, “It absolutely would have made a difference.”
However, the former president’s links to the Nation of Islam leader did become somewhat of a sticking point, especially after his 2008 rival, Hillary Clinton, criticized him for not disavowing Farrakhan fast enough.
“I obviously can’t censor him, but it is not support that I sought,” said Obama after Clinton’s criticisms. “And we’re not doing anything, I assure you, formally or informally with Minister Farrakhan. I can’t say to somebody that he can’t say that he thinks I’m a good guy.”
Obama eventually issued a stern “reject and denounce” for Farrakhan’s support, saying: “if the word ‘reject’ Senator Clinton feels is stronger than the word ‘denounce,’ then I’m happy to concede the point, and I would reject and denounce.”
All of which, of course, brings to mind the seemingly endless brouhaha over then- candidate Trump’s “disavowal” of former Klan leader David Duke’s endorsement.
Yeah, eight years later, the media wasn’t quite so forgiving.
Now, imagine the uproar if Trump were seen in a picture with Duke.
Trump was roundly (& rightly) condemned in the press for dancing around his disavowal of virulent racist & anti-Semite David Duke.
A journalist deliberately withheld a photo of Obama grinning w/ virulent racist & anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, explicitly to protect Obama’s career.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) January 25, 2018
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Yet when it comes to the Farrakhan fiasco, the U.S. media have been unusually silent.
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