The PJ Tatler

A 1979 story by Vernon Jarrett Sheds New Light on possible Arab funding of Obama's Higher Education

Journalist Frank Miele, editor of The Daily Interlake, has come up with a tantalizing new bit of information from November 1979, that provides new information about proposed Arab funding of higher education for American blacks, and that substantiates a widely discredited report from a major African-American black political leader, Percy Sutton, who claimed in a TV interview in 2008 that that he was asked by Khalid al-Mansour (aka Donald Warden of The Black Panther Party) to write a letter of recommendation to help Barack Obama get into Harvard Law School.

Miele’s article talks to the issue of how Barack Obama’s college and law school education was funded, whether or not it came from wealthy Saudi money, and whether the proposed money- a fund that would spend “$20 million per year for 10 years to aid 10,000 minority students each year” and presented by al-Mansour to OPEC Secretary-General Rene Ortiz in September of 1979 ever was actually set up.

The shocker in Miele’s article is that the 1979 story was written by none other than Vernon Jarrett- the leftist journalist who was the future father-in-law of Varlerie Jarrett, now Obama’s top advisor. Jarrett, as Miele notes, was “one of the best friends and a colleague of Frank Marshall Davis,” the black Communist who became influential in the life of Barack Obama.  In his article, Jarrett wrote that those receiving these funds would help create a “new black advocacy for a homeland for the Palestinians” and presumably support other Arab interests in the Middle East.

Miele’s find deserves widespread attention. In 2008, Percy Sutton’s claim was denigrated as the ramblings of an old man close to senility, and had no legs. Now, Miele shows that al-Mansour was involved in trying to get Arab money for American blacks in 1979, and it gives new credibility to Sutton’s claim that he was approached by Mansour at the time Obama was trying to get accepted to Harvard Law.