An obscure story picked up by Instapundit yesterday detailed a 1979 syndicated op-ed by Vernon Jarrett, once a father-in-law to Obama's primary advisor Valerie Jarrett, that could help connect a dot between Percy Sutton and Khalid al-Mansour.
Our President may have deep ties (personal and financial) not only to black nationalist extremists, but also wealthy Arabs who publicly floated the idea of financing, among other projects, the top-flight education of young black Americans who might (hopefully) one day share their hatred of America?In a nutshell, if the article is true the established connection between al-Mansour and Saudi prince al-Walid bin-Talal might have extended a tentacle into American education through the funding of minority schools and students. Since Vernon Jarrett was friendly with Obama's childhood mentor Frank Marshall Davis ("Frank" from his book "Dreams") it's possible al-Mansour and others knew about Obama in the 80s before his Harvard days, all of which makes it more likely that Sutton was telling the truth on that video in 2008.
If so the Obama folks threw the civil rights hero under the bus. Sutton passed in 2009 and can tell no more tales, or truth. Also, if bin-Talal funded some level of O's education it also, among other things, calls into question the student loans used on the campaign trail to plead poverty.
But even if true and they actually saw the talent in O and funded his rise to the top, what would it mean? Other than the obvious--two players being a Saudi and former Black Panther--perhaps they simply wanted to foster better education and upward mobility for minorities here in America. Liberalism and altruism are not crimes. Or perhaps the players involved mean something much deeper and a lot less innocent.
That's the crux--we'll probably never know until the book comes out one day when it doesn't matter anymore. We DO know that if Mitt Romney had any dots even remotely similar to those discussed above the media would be harping about them 24/7/41--especially if Fox News had a secret video featuring some of the players they were refusing to release--and even more so if Romney had airbrushed one of the mentors from an audio book back in 2007. One has to wonder if this double standard will ever disappear.