Over the years since I first saw Obama speak I met him about half a dozen times, often at Palestinian and Arab-American community events in Chicago including a May 1998 community fundraiser at which Edward Said was the keynote speaker. In 2000, when Obama unsuccessfully ran for Congress I heard him speak at a campaign fundraiser hosted by a University of Chicago professor. On that occasion and others Obama was forthright in his criticism of US policy and his call for an even-handed approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he now occupies. But at that time polls showed him trailing.
As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and volunteered, “Hey, I’m sorry I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I’m hoping when things calm down I can be more up front.”
He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy, “Keep up the good work!”
- OBAMA IS LYING WHEN HE SAYS HE SUPPORTS ISRAEL. IT'S AN ACT HE PUTS ON JUST TO GET ELECTED. HIS SOOTH-TALKING, SWEET-SMILING, NICE-GUY ACT IS JUST AN POLISHED ACT - JUST LIKE HE SAID IN HIS MEMOIRS:
As he wrote in his memoir, Dreams of My Father, Obama discovered a technique for allaying the suspicions of the white people with whom he came into contact:It was usually an effective tactic, another one of those tricks I had learned: People were satisfied so long as you were courteous and smiled and made no sudden moves. They were more than satisfied; they were relieved - such a pleasant surprise to find a well-mannered young black man who didn’t seem angry all the time. (Pages 94-95).
- HE'S NOT TO BE TRUSTED.
- THE PROSPECT OF AN OBAMA PRESIDENCY IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE REPUBLIC.