Would this photo have cost Obama the presidency? (and the people who keep him company)
- Photo shows Barack Obama posing with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan
- Image was snapped by journalist, Askia Muhammad, who released it Thursday
- The picture was taken in 2005 during a Congressional Black Caucus meeting
- Muhammad said he kept the photo a secret to protect Obama’s political career
A journalist has revealed a 13-year-old photo of Barack Obama posing with the Nation of Islam’s leader that was kept under wraps in order to protect the former president’s career.
Askia Muhammad snapped the photo of Obama smiling alongside Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan during a Congressional Black Caucus meeting in 2005.
Muhammad, who revealed the photo on Thursday, told the Trice Edney News Wire that he ‘gave the picture up at the time and basically swore secrecy’ out of concern that it could have ‘made a difference’ and damaged Obama’s political future.
The former president was an Illinois Senator at the time the photo was taken.
The picture was also taken before conspiracy theories developed that Obama was not born in the United States and is a Muslim.
Muhammad, who revealed the photo on Thursday, said he ‘gave the picture up at the time and basically swore secrecy’ out of concern that it could have ‘made a difference’ and damaged Obama’s political future. Farrakhan is pictured in October 2015.
Muhammad told the news site that the photo was kept a secret until after Obama secured the Democratic nomination to run for president and ‘all the way up until the inauguration’.
‘Then for eight years after he was president, it was kept under cover,’ Muhammad said. ‘It absolutely would have made a difference.’
Muhammad recalled on Thursday that a ‘staff member’ for the CBC contacted him ‘sort of in a panic’ after he took the photo.
‘I sort of understood what was going on,’ Muhammad told Talking Points Memo, which published the photo Thursday.
Muhammad said he ‘promised and made arrangements to give the picture to Leonard Farrakhan’, the minister’s son-in-law and chief of staff.
He said he gave away ‘the disk’ from his camera but ‘copied the photograph from that day onto a [computer] file.’
‘Realizing that I had given it up, I mean, it was sort of like a promise to keep the photograph secret,’ Muhammad said.
Muhammad told the site that he was afraid the photograph would be ‘damaging politically’ if it were released and feared the possibility of someone breaking into his apartment looking for it.
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