"Barack Obama's half brother Malik said Thursday that if elected his brother will be a good president for the Jewish people, despite his Muslim background. In an interview with Army Radio he expressed a special salutation from the Obamas of Kenya."
The Obama brothers' father, a senior economist for the Kenyan government who studied at Harvard University, died in car crash in 1982. He left six sons and a daughter. All of his children - except Malik -- live in Britain or the United States. Malik and Barack met in 1985 in the US.
"He was best man at my wedding and I was best man at his," said Malik in a 2004 interview with an AP reporter. Their paternal grandfather, Onyango Hussein Obama, was one of the first Muslim converts in Nyangoma-Kogelo, Malik said."
The Obama campaign emphatically denies Obama was ever a Muslim. "To be clear, Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago," declares his campaign website. Of course, we now know he no longer is a member of that church after the controversy surrounding Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
The liberal Think Progress blog lashed out at Fox News' Brit Hume, accusing him of making false and misleading statements about Malik's comments. The blog concedes Obama has a "Muslim background", but it thinks Malik's comments should not be interpreted to mean that Obama himself ever practiced the Muslim faith. The Israeli news report shows Malik holding a photo of himself with Sen. Obama, allegedly taken in 1985, which purports to show the men in Muslim dress.
Recall that the first indication that this would become an issue in this presidential campaign was when e-mails began surfacing in Iowa late last year, which were being sent out by Clinton volunteers. The e-mails suggested that Obama was Muslim and was part of a grand design by Muslims to destroy America within. What do you think? Is Brit Hume's comment on the interview with Obama's half brother false and misleading?