This photo came to me in an email. It shows Barack Obama with Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the White House State Dinner crashers. At this moment, FOX is showing the couple making their way to Capitol Hill for their subpoenaed testimony - and they say they wil take the Fifth. See 12-11-09 update in red text below.
Just my opinion here, but I don't think there's any photoshopping involved. We all knew something wasn't right about these people in the White House with no credentials. The Salahis and the President look noticeably younger - no doubt about that.
The emailer believes the photo was taken when Barack Obama was a U.S. Senator or before. Does anyone else think the guy on the left looks a bit like Randy Jackson, the American idol judge (who we know is an Obama friend?).
Compare Tareq and Micahele Salahi "then" and "now."
We now know who is who in the above group photo: American Idol judge Randy Jackson is at the left, then members of Black Eyed Peas including Fergie, the only other female in the photo, and Will I Am, the primary Pea standing to Obama's right. The event date is a 2005 America's Polo Cup event, of which Tareq Salahi was the President. Thanks to TheBigFeed reading at Stop the ACLU which led me to this info.
Because the Salahi's were allowed into the White House with no credentials, several Secret Service agents are in danger of losing their jobs. The person responsible, Desiree Rogers, the White House Social Secretary - who decided no one from her office needed to meet and greet guests as has been the custom for years, will not be subpoenaed. The White House has forbidden her testimony and Congress did Obama's bidding and did not invite her to testimony party. Instead, taxpayer money will be wasted on the gate crashers, who will plead the Fifth Amendment, and we will hear of no White House involvement in a very serious crime.
Officials say the Salahis went through metal detectors and passed all the rigorous tests to be allowed into the White House sanctuary...except, they did not have an invitation to the event. American Power, however, reported Tareq Salahi's ties to the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP):
In addition, and ominously, it turns out that Tareq Salahi, the polo-playing intruder, is a Palestinian nationalist with ties to the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) , a pro-Palestine lobby demanding the "right of return" for all Palestinian refugees and their descendants. The "right of return" has long been considered the backdoor to Israel's destruction. But not only that: ATFP President Ziad Asali is an America-basher who blamed 9/11 on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Asali was a lead U.S. official to PLO terrorist Yassir Arafat's funeral in 2004. And in a position paper in 2007, the ATFP called for a power-sharing agreement at the Palestinian Authority, which would have included the State Department's designated-terrorist group, Hamas.
ADDED: ATFP has removed Tareq Salahi from its website's board of directors page.As Glenn Beck would indelicately say, this stinks on ice. The "stink" is Obama's friendship with Tareq Salahi serving on the board of the American Palestinian Task Force, and his relationship with people of the ilk of radical pro-Palestinian Rashid Khalidi. When I googled Khaladi and Tareq Salahi an article at The Real Barack Obama came up - confirming that Salahi runs in the company of Rashid Khalidi. You probably remember the torrent around the Los Angeles Times article, claiming they had a tape of Barack Obama praising Chicago Professor Rashid Khalidi, a former advisor to the PLO's Yasser Arafat, and a current officer of the APTF at a Chicago party. From Andy C. McCarthy at the Los Angeles Times:
It was a celebration of Palestinian culture — a night of music, dancing and a dash of politics. Local Arab Americans were bidding farewell to Rashid Khalidi, an internationally known scholar, critic of Israel and advocate for Palestinian rights, who was leaving town for a job in New York.
A special tribute came from Khalidi's friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi's wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.
His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. . . . It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table," but around "this entire world."...
[T]he warm embrace Obama gave to Khalidi, and words like those at the professor's going-away party, have left some Palestinian American leaders believing that Obama is more receptive to their viewpoint than he is willing to say....
At Khalidi's 2003 farewell party, for example, a young Palestinian American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, "then you will never see a day of peace."A thank you for the pic of Obama and the Salahis to reader, Lynne, who finds amazing news as she works to combat this evil administration everyday. The photo was sent to her husband and she passed it along. Visit her at TravelLight to see a wonderful game for children to adults. She is a true conservative, a devoted Christian, and she is the game's designer. The tagline for the game: "A game plan for life! TravelLight - A Self-Help Phenomenon. Here is how the game is described?
One speaker likened "Zionist settlers on the West Bank" to Osama bin Laden, saying both had been "blinded by ideology."
Obama adopted a different tone in his comments and called for finding common ground. But his presence at such events, as he worked to build a political base in Chicago, has led some Palestinian leaders to believe that he might deal differently with the Middle East than … his opponents for the White House....
At Khalidi's going-away party in 2003, the scholar lavished praise on Obama, telling the mostly Palestinian American crowd that the state senator deserved their help in winning a U.S. Senate seat. "You will not have a better senator under any circumstances," Khalidi said.
The event was videotaped, and a copy of the tape was obtained by The Times.
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