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Al Qaeda's old No. 2 greets America's new No. 1 as a 'house Negro' (or worse)

November 19, 2008 |  5:51 pm

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Osama bin Laden's chief of staff Ayman Zawahiri sent President-elect Barack Obama a recorded welcome message or perhaps a Thanksgiving greeting Wednesday (see video below). He called the newly elected leader a "house Negro" or "house slave," depending on whose translation you prefer being insulted by.

The videotaped message, delivered without preconditions on militant Arabic websites and immediately gobbled up by global media, lumped the new president in with Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as blacks who do the bidding of whites, "the direct opposite of honorable black Americans" such as Malcolm X.

The tape showed Obama wearing a yarmulke and palling around with Jewish leaders on his visit to Israel last summer.

Zawahiri also warned the president-to-be that his plan to send more American troops into Afghanistan is doomed.

In a news release from Washington Wednesday that garnered much less attention, the executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Salam  Marayati, called the Al Qaeda leader's comments "despicable and racist" and added: "To Al Qaeda, we say clearly: Stop using our name as Muslims and our religion to spread your suicidal, hateful and un-Islamic propaganda. We condemn you, your terrorist actions and everything that you stand for."

See news video below.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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