President Barack Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, had a close relationship with Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi that continued from the 1980s until the dictator’s death.
A photograph obtained by the Daily Caller shows Malik smiling with Gadhafi. Photos of Gadhafi from the time period appear to place the photo somewhere between 1987-1990, around the same time as the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing and the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, for both of which Libya was responsible.
Obama was a vocal supporter of the Libyan dictator and once interceded with his brother on Gadhafi’s behalf during the Libyan civil war, according to an interview with the Daily Mail’s Angella Johnson.
The fondness continued after Gadhafi’s death. Obama dedicated his co-written book, ”Barack Obama Sr. The Rise and Life of a True African Scholar” to Gadhafi, General Mahamat Nour of Chad, and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
A previous photograph released by the Mail depicted Malik Obama and Gadhafi well past middle age, but the latest photograph appears to show a younger Malik Obama and raises new questions about the relationship of the president’s half-brother with the state sponsor of terrorism. Obama, according to the Mail, met with Gadhafi “half a dozen times.”
The relationship with Gadhafi also raises questions about how Malik Obama was permitted to work and travel within the United States, including working for companies that had government contracts.