Photo credit Askia Muhammad
All smiles. Then Senator Barack Obama with Minister Louis Farrakhan in 2005. The person who took the pic, Askia Muhammad, never made it public because he knew it would hurt Obama politically. The photo by was hidden for 13 years but has now been released in the journalist’s autobiography
A journalist announced last week that he will publish a photograph of then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama (D) and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan that he took in 2005 at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting, but did not make public because he believed it would have “made a difference” to Obama’s political future.
The photographer, Askia Muhammad, told the Trice Edney News Wire that he “gave the picture up at the time and basically swore secrecy.”
“But after the nomination was secured and all the way up until the inauguration; then for eight years after he was President, it was kept under cover,” Muhammad said.
Asked whether he thought the photo’s release would have affected Obama’s presidential campaign, Muhammad said, “I insist. It absolutely would have made a difference.” (via TPM)