Another influencene in O's life is Rashid Khalidi, ex-PLO spokesman when they were listed as a terrorists by the State Department. The following from an L.A. Times story that mentions the tribute diner for Khalidi. The LAT still withholds video of the event.
His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. . . . It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation -- a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table," but around "this entire world."