Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader used a racial epithet to insult Barack Obama in a message posted on the Internet on Wednesday, describing the U.S. president-elect in demeaning terms that imply he does the bidding of whites.
Ayman al-Zawahri's message appeared mainly aimed at persuading Muslims and Arabs that Obama does not represent a change in U.S. policies.
He said in the message that Obama is "the direct opposite of honourable black Americans" like Malcolm X, the 1960s African-American rights leader.
In al-Qaida's first response to Obama's victory, al-Zawahri also called him - along with former and current secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice - "house Negroes."