We shouldn’t be this surprised to see a photo from President Barack Obama’s past that we haven’t seen before. That’s him, all right, and he appears to be dining with Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah and radical Palestinian academic Rashid Khalidi of the fabled “Khalidi tape” stashed somewhere in the bowels of the Los Angeles Times.
The photo was posted by Murtaza Hussain, a contributing writer for Al Jazeera English. The source of the photo is Abunimah, who tweeted it in March with the message, “Back when this photo of me, Obama, Rashid Khalidi and Edward Said was taken, even I didn’t expect him to be THIS bad.”
Much as Muslims were less than thrilled with President Obama’s Ramadan greeting, this flashback isn’t sitting well.