Carter hugs Hamas, Hamas hugs … Obama?

posted at 7:25 pm on April 16, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Just when Barack Obama’s week looked bad enough, he has to deal with winning an embarrassing endorsement from the terrorist lunatics currently being embraced by a former Democratic president. Ahmed Yousef, the political adviser for Hamas, told WABC that his group looked forward to working with Obama as president, comparing him to John F. Kennedy. Obama has to at least be thankful he didn’t get compared to Jimmy Carter:

While Sen. Barack Obama sought to improve his relationship with the Jewish community today by meeting with leaders Philadelphia, comments by a Hamas political adviser this weekend could potentially hurt the Democratic presidential candidate.

During an interview on WABC radio Sunday, top Hamas political adviser Ahmed Yousef said the terrorist group supports Obama’s foreign policy vision.

“We don’t mind–actually we like Mr. Obama. We hope he will (win) the election and I do believe he is like John Kennedy, great man with great principle, and he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community but not with domination and arrogance,” Yousef said in response to a question about the group’s willingness to meet with either of the Democratic presidential candidates.

Yousef works directly for Ismael Haniyeh, the man who engineered the coup in Gaza.  Haniyeh and Yousef have ultimate responsibility for the rockets hitting Sderot and Ashkelon.  Most people would go far out of their way to avoid connections to these terrorists — well, most people except Jimmy Carter, of course.  When asked about Obama’s repudiation of Carter’s visit with Hamas, Yousef shrugged it off as “American politics” and expressed confidence that Haniyeh and Obama could do business together.

Obama will find this embarrassing, but not terribly problematic — or at least no more problematic than Hamas’ essays showing up in Trinity United’s church bulletins.  He didn’t seek out their endorsement; no one in their right mind would do that.  Voters will not base their decision on what Yousef thinks of Obama, nor should terrorist endorsement carry that kind of weight anyway.

Still, the optics of this comes at a bad time, with his commitment to Israel under question and his advisers working to create a PAC that pushes for conciliation and concessions to the Palestinians.   They want to cast supporters of Israel as religious zealots.  This puts them on the spot as terrorist apologists, and Obama’s connections to them make this a little more resonant than it should be.


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Clusterfreude!

Entelechy on April 16, 2008 at 7:30 PM

Fox News had the video clip, and the pander could not have been more obvious, [redacted].

There was s split second pause before the applause started, as though the community leaders were sitting on their hands, and the Obama handlers wanted the applause on the sound track.

rockhauler on April 16, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Clusterfreude!

Entelechy on April 16, 2008 at 7:30 PM

Beautiful. A sexy new word just in time for Denver.

a capella on April 16, 2008 at 7:36 PM

It’s at times like this that I wonder if Hamas is secretly routing for McCain.

Wise Golden on April 16, 2008 at 7:40 PM

So Obama has the support of Code Pink, MoveOn, Daily Kos, Dick Durbin, Hamas, Mahmoud Amidinjad, and Hugo Chavez. I hope the American voter is seeing a patern here.

SoulGlo on April 16, 2008 at 7:45 PM

He didn’t seek out their endorsement; no one in their right mind would do that.

But didn’t Carter just fly over there to…oh…”no one in their right mind”. Okay…yep…I get it now. Sorry.

scatbug on April 16, 2008 at 7:51 PM

What goes around comes around.

TheSitRep on April 16, 2008 at 7:54 PM

So Obama has the support of Code Pink, MoveOn, Daily Kos, Dick Durbin, Hamas, Mahmoud Amidinjad, and Hugo Chavez. I hope the American voter is seeing a patern here.

SoulGlo on April 16, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Dude. Did you do that just for me? I cried a little…

Jaibones on April 16, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Politics aside and commonsense to the foreground, when a leader of terrorist organization endorses a US presidential candidate you have to really ask yourself “Why would I vote for this guy?”. Does that terrorist have the best interest of the American people in mind? Why are we hearing the same comments coming from Rev Wright’s/Obama’s church as we do from the Islamic fundamentalist leader’s of the Middle East? Why do they “look forward to working with Obama”? This is wrong and dangerous for the US and I pray we, the people, do the right thing.

Claypigeon on April 16, 2008 at 8:08 PM

HAMAS Hussein:

“We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the elections,” Ahmed Yousuf, Hamas’ top political adviser in the Gaza Strip, said in an exclusive interview with World Net Daily and with the John Batchelor Show on WABC Radio in New York.

I will them all a dirt nap real soon.

Andy in Agoura Hills on April 16, 2008 at 8:13 PM

Geez I screwed that up!!!!

HAMAS hearts HUSSEIN

“We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the elections,” Ahmed Yousuf, Hamas’ top political adviser in the Gaza Strip, said in an exclusive interview with World Net Daily and with the John Batchelor Show on WABC Radio in New York.

I wisj them all a dirt nap real soon.

Andy in Agoura Hills on April 16, 2008 at 8:14 PM

…he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community but not with domination and arrogance,” Yousef said

This will be dismissed because Yousef used racist code language. By applying newly-learned lessons taught to us by the LA Times, we can see that Yousef’s use of the word “arrogance” means Hamas only likes Barack because he’s not “uppity.” In fact, this obvious racist attack on Barack Obama at the hands of Hamas will only help to endear him to the Jewish community. Wait for it…

Spolitics on April 16, 2008 at 8:24 PM

Not surprising, given that his church published an open letter from a Hamas official in its bulletin just last year.

spmat on April 16, 2008 at 8:26 PM

Ahmed Yousef, the political adviser for Hamas, told WABC that his group looked forward to working with Obama as president, comparing him to John F. Kennedy.

Oh yeah, he’s another Kennedy, alright. Minus the Congressional Medal of Honor. Minus the categorical rejection of fascism. Minus the “Let every nation know …” principle on liberty. I’m amazed at how “learned” these Hamas mafia dons are. Or maybe they’ve just been taken in by the MSM.

argos on April 16, 2008 at 8:26 PM

I recall the Democrats all getting their panties in a wad when the KKK endorsed Reagan in 1980 — who quickly repudiated it & them. Does this mean then that they welcome Palestinian terrorist groups?

rbj on April 16, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Please let some democrats read this and give pause to their support of Obama. All rhetoric aside, I really want to believe that the democratic party has Americas best interests in mind, even if we disagree with what that means.
Obama will truly hurt this nation, which in turn will truly hurt the world.
Please, democrats, wake up to who this man really is.

redshirt on April 16, 2008 at 8:39 PM

Minus the Congressional Medal of Honor.

I believe he won the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, not the CMOH. (Source)

spmat on April 16, 2008 at 8:44 PM

“Most liberal senator in Congress!”

Who else would Hamas want?

Vntnrse on April 16, 2008 at 8:49 PM

So Obama has the support of Code Pink, MoveOn, Daily Kos, Dick Durbin, Hamas, Mahmoud Amidinjad, and Hugo Chavez. I hope the American voter is seeing a patern here.

SoulGlo on April 16, 2008 at 7:45 PM

You can’t say that he doesn’t have his base shored up. The ghost of JFK-past rears his head every election cycle for the dems. Now we have Hamas chanting the DU talking points. I pray that we don’t have a reincarnation of Camelot. It’ll take another generation to get over it’s affects. NO HE CAN’T!

Cold Steel on April 16, 2008 at 9:01 PM

Hamas thinks Obama is JFK and the MSM pimps are trying to sell Michelle “Like Dat” Obama as Jackie.

The world is upside down and barking mad.

profitsbeard on April 16, 2008 at 9:12 PM

Yes, yes, I know. A candidate cannot help who endorses them and all of that. BUT, when terrorists start praising the foreign policy vision of a presidential candidate it makes you think doesn’t it? It should my friends. Oh yes, yes, it damn sure should!

Gatordoug on April 16, 2008 at 9:41 PM

He didn’t seek out their endorsement; no one in their right mind would do that.

Would anybody in their right mind go to that church?

burt on April 16, 2008 at 9:42 PM

How could he be “the man who engineered the coup in Gaza” when Hamas won the Palistinian election?

America and Israel engineered the coup…

alphie on April 16, 2008 at 10:03 PM

Well the dead have been known to vote dem…and Hamas is pretty good at creating dead people…perhaps Ahmed Yousef and Obama are just trying to find common ground.

Bishop on April 16, 2008 at 10:04 PM

America and Israel engineered the coup…

Not only that but the US and ISR also perpetrated 911, created the AID virus, spread the plague during the dark ages and caused your toilet to back-up.

When in doubt, blame the United States and Israel.

Bishop on April 16, 2008 at 10:06 PM

Care to explain why Hamas isn’t running Palestine after winning the election by a huge margin, Bishop?

alphie on April 16, 2008 at 10:12 PM

Care to explain why the Palestine Wastela…er…Territories are such a hodge-podge of constantly shifting loyalties and corrupt governmental entities? And have been for ages?

However, I digress because the answer doesn’t matter, not as long as you have convenient outside players on which to blame everything.

Bishop on April 16, 2008 at 10:21 PM

Care to explain why Hamas isn’t running Palestine after winning the election by a huge margin, Bishop?

alphie on April 16, 2008 at 10:12 PM

Listen up ignorant b_st_rd. First, there is no palestine state. Secondly, HAMAS doesn’t have control of the West Bank. That’s Fatah territory. Third, HAMAS is running the Gaza Strip. That’s why its a sh!thole. Now, if and when you take your head out of your a$$, you’ll be able to learn the truth. But I’m guessing not.

Andy in Agoura Hills on April 16, 2008 at 10:23 PM

Care to explain why Hamas isn’t running Palestine after winning the election by a huge margin, Bishop?

Oh, but they are, darling. Guess what Gaza’s in civil war? Because Hamas isn’t interested in governing anything. They’re interested in killing anyone who opposes them. They’re interested in finishing what Hitler started.

That’s not to say that the PA is doing any better. Bethlehem, Jericho, Bethany are all under their auspices and are often compared to the Wild West.

Maybe someday you want to go to the Middle East and see what it’s like. If not, I’ll wave at you whilst I am there.

mjk on April 16, 2008 at 10:41 PM

Hamas was leaning toward Hillary, but BO’s willingness to talk to Iran’s Ack-my-dumb-jihad won them over.

jgapinoy on April 16, 2008 at 11:15 PM

I do believe he is like John Kennedy

Does that means he’s going to get one of his people to kill a close relative of Obama’s? I mean, that might not be so complimentary….

calbear on April 17, 2008 at 1:02 AM

Easy there, Andy,

If the IDF blockaded “Agoura Hill,” stole all its tax money and fired artillery rounds into it periodically, it would look worse than Gaza.

Hamas has done pretty well considering what it has to deal with.

And nobody has managed to explain why Hamas isn’t running Palestine after winning the election by a huge margin yet.

alphie on April 17, 2008 at 1:22 AM

Politics aside and commonsense to the foreground, when a leader of terrorist organization endorses a US presidential candidate you have to really ask yourself “Why would I vote for this guy?”.

hopefully McCain will have a pit bull as a campaign manager and his first ad if BHO gets the nominee would be asking this..

DaveC on April 17, 2008 at 7:55 AM

*Obama> Wright> Farrakhan> Qaddafi> Islamic Murders.

*Obama> Carter> Hamas who are Islamic Murders.

“Show me your friends and associates and I’ll tell you who you are”

At this point I’d say Obama = Scumbag.

Swinehound on April 17, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Barry Fauxbama=Jimmuh Cahtuh Jr. Vote McCain’08…

adamsmith on April 17, 2008 at 9:32 AM

I seem to remember Mr. Kerry getting a lot of help from OBL in the last election. This empty suit does something I didn’t think was possible. He has made JIMMUH look like he knew what he was doing. B. Hussein is just JIMMUH in black face, oops I meant brown face.

pueblo1032 on April 17, 2008 at 10:38 AM

If Obama was raised as a Muslim, then he has either converted to Christianity, becoming an apostate in the eyes of Islam, or he is practicing taqiyya. Hamas’s endorsement tells us which of those mutually exclusive options they have chosen to believe.

Let’s see, Castro endorsed Jimmy in 1980, OBL endorsed Kerry in 2004, and now Hamas has endorsed Obama. I think I see a pattern here.

Al in St. Lou on April 17, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Once again alphie demonstrates that he is a member in good standing of the Democratic Party’s red-brown faction. He thinks Red but wants to govern Brown. He is the perfect example of the new neo-Nazi cult that his party has mainstreamed. I call him a “chicken Nazi” because unlike the old kind who was proud of their party’s work he hides his Jew-hatred behind faux justice slogans so he can maintain his moral self righteousness while someone else does the dirty work for him.

jerryofva on April 17, 2008 at 2:39 PM