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Breitbart: Obama Appeared and Marched with New Black Panther Party in 2007 — Photos Included

At Big Government, Andrew Breitbart reports that, as a presidential candidate in March 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama appeared and marched with members of the New Black Panther Party. Included in Obama’s Panther entourage was Malik Zulu Shabazz, the racist group’s “national chief.” Shabazz was one of the Panthers charged in the voter intimidation case that the Obama/Holder Justice Department dismissed in 2009 — even though the government had already won the case (the Panthers defaulted) and the evidence supporting the civil charges was overwhelming.

This is a shocking story, and a breathtaking indictment of the mainstream media which went out of its way to avoid vetting Obama as a candidate — and to make sure anyone who tried to do due diligence got no sunshine. A candidate who chose to appeared in the company of, say, the KKK, would have provoked relentlessly hostile media coverage and, in short order, have been marginalized as disqualified to hold responsible elective office. As Andrew points out, one of those present with Obama was Najee Muhammed, the Panthers’ “minister of war” who had called for Georgia police officers to be murdered. Yet, the press buried the Obama/Panthers connection. For example, after initially mentioning the presence of the Panthers, NPR omitted Panther references from its subsequent coverage.

Andrew also notes that visitor logs indicate that a man identified as “Malik Shabazz” visited the White House two months after attorney general Holder dismissed the Panthers case. The White House has refused to clarify whether that Malik Shabazz is the Panther national chief. Andrew further reminds us that, in March 2008, the Obama campaign website posted an endorsement of Obama by the New Black Panther Party. 

The Breitbart report displays photos of Shabazz prominently speaking at the rally, and of Obama flanked by Shabazz and a uniformed New Black Panther Party member. The report also includes details about Regnery’s publication tomorrow of a book by J. Christian Adams, the DOJ lawyer whose civil rights case against the Panthers was dismissed by Obama political appointees. The book is called, Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department. Obviously — at least it should be obvious — Obama’s keeping company with the Panthers raises legitimate questions not only about his fitness for office but his Justice Department’s astonishing handling of the Panthers case.