This is not to necessarily imply that President Obama didn't criticize Gaddafi because he favors his regime, but that the President had trepidation because he was aware of his pastor's ties to the iron-fisted ruler.
It all goes back to 1984, when Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and Rev. Wright decided to take a trip to Libya and see Gaddafi in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. Was it to condemn Gaddafi at the height of his reign? Was to to ask Gaddafi to work with the United States, as the two countries were in an extremely icy relationship? No.
It was a social visit.
"When [Obama's] enemies find out that in 1984 I went to Tripoli to visit [Gaddafi] with Farrakhan, a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell."The ties between Farrakhan and Gaddafi are numerous, but surely President Obama has known about his reverend's indiscretion for years now. Is this why he has kept quiet until today? Maybe.