Via Web Today, Rauf was translated as saying:
I AM NOT GOING TO HIDE FROM YOU THAT ONE OF THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN WRITING THE SPEECH, TRANSFERRED ENTIRE PARTS OF MY BOOK ‘A NEW VISION FOR MUSLIMS AND THE WEST’.So who could that participant be?
CNS News has begun to put some pieces together by identifying known contributors to Obama's speech:
White House staffers involved in drafting Obama’s speech, according to media reports, included speechwriter Ben Rhodes, political advisor David Axelrod, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and Rashad Hussain, a deputy associate counsel later appointed by the president as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).It would seem logical that as a Hafiz - one who has memorized the Qur'an, Hussain might be the one best qualified to translate Rauf's arabic writings into a speech given by Obama in English. That said, CNS seems to think that Rauf may have exaggerated the claim about the extent to which Obama's speech mirrored his book but doesn't dismiss the notion he influenced it:
A comparison of chapter six of Rauf’s 2004 book and Obama’s June 2009 speech does not back up Rauf’s February claim that the speech was “all taken from this section,” although some similar themes are apparent.Hussain is not the savoriest of characters, having been caught shortly after he was named as Obama's Islamic envoy to the OIC, as having said sympathetic things about a convicted terrorist, Sami al-Arian at a 2004 Muslim Student Association (MSA) event. As if it wasn't bad enough that he said those things, Hussain did so in front of a group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
That's not all. The words spoken by Hussain at that event were recently scrubbed from the newspaper that reported on the story at the time. The writer's credibility was questioned and Hussain denied saying those things...........until POLITICO presented the White House with an audio recording of Hussain saying those sympathetic things about al-Arian. Only then did Hussain come clean. Perhaps the only thing worse than all of those facts about Hussain, coupled with the possibility he may have worked with Rauf, is that he's still in the employ of the Obama administration.
More about Hussain HERE.
Here is the audio recording of Hussain from September 5, 2004:
Read the entire CNSNews piece