During Barack Obama’s presidency, it has been interesting to watch his love/hate relationship toward Israel and how he has been apologetic and has shown deference to the Islamic world in many instances. Even in the recent uproar and murders of Americans in North Africa, his administration initially blamed everything on the film critical of the prophet Mohammed instead of acknowledging the obvious–the attacks were planned for a terrorist commemoration of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Why does the Obama administration have this mindset? To figure some of this out, you have to go back to Obama’s past in Chicago and his ties to left-wing foundations and the University of Chicago. In the 1990s up to his run for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, Obama was involved with the Woods Fund and became the chair of its board in 1998. The Woods Fund was a foundation that split from the Woods Charitable Fund, founded in the 1950s by Frank Woods who was a telephone company executive in Lincoln, Nebraska. The foundation was started to fund the arts and the civil rights movement. When the organization started using the bulk of its charitable donations for progressive/ultra-liberal causes, some members were disturbed by the trend and moved to split. Thus, the Woods Fund of Chicago was born.
The foundation was a huge supporter of ACORN, Jeremiah Wright’s church in Chicago, and Barack Obama’s community organization efforts in the 1980s and 1990s. During Obama’s time as a law professor at the University of Chicago in the 1990s, he became close friends with Rashid Khalidi, a professor who is Palestinian. Khalidi used to work for the PLO under Yasir Arafat as his adviser/press agent. As a member of the Woods Fund board, Obama helped steer over $100,000 to the Arab American Action Network, which is run by Khalidi’s wife. The Network is known for its anti-Israel stance and Khalidi has been outspoken about his hatred for Israel and his acceptance of terrorist attacks by Palestinians against Israel.
When Obama was running for the U.S. Senate, Palestinians in Chicago were skittish about supporting Obama because they weren’t clear on his views about Israel. Khalidi used his influence to persuade them to support Obama in an obvious quid pro quo and spoke highly of Obama at an Arab American Activist Network dinner in 2003–a dinner attended by Obama as well as his colleague William Ayers, formerly of the American terrorist group the Weather Underground.
So Obama’s childhood years in Indonesia are only part of the story of his mentality of wanting to, in some instances, mollycoddle or embolden people who have hated Western culture for centuries and who don’t want to change their centuries-old hatred. Thankfully, in the midst of the hatred and violence of the Muslim world, the Lord Jesus Christ is changing the hearts of many, drawing them from darkness to his glorious light.
Source: David Horowitz. The New Leviathan: How the Left-Wing Money Machine Shapes American Politics and Threatens America’s Future. [New York: Crown Forum, 2012] pages 32-34.
Harry A. Gaylord