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Obama Camp Furious At Muslim Garb Photo

From Fox News:


The Drudge Report ran this photo of Barack Obama in Somali garb from a 2006 trip to Africa. The Web site claims Hillary Clinton’s campaign provided the photo to it.

Obama Camp Furious at Photo Release

by FOXNews.com

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Drudge Report ran this photo of Barack Obama in Somali garb from a 2006 trip to Africa. The Web site claims Hillary Clinton’s campaign provided the photo to it.

Barack Obama’s campaign is expressing outrage at a new photo attributed to Clinton campaign sources that depicts the Democratic presidential candidate dressed in Somali garb.

The picture, which appeared at the top of Monday’s Drudge Report, says Clinton staffers circulated the 2006 photo over the weekend [sic]. It shows the Illinois senator fitted as a Somali elder, during his visit to northeastern Kenya that was part of a five-country tour of Africa.

“On the very day that Senator Clinton is giving a speech about restoring respect for America in the world, her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election,” Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said.

“This is part of a disturbing pattern that led her county chairs to resign in Iowa, her campaign chairman to resign in New Hampshire, and it’s exactly the kind of divisive politics that turns away Americans of all parties and diminishes respect for America in the world,” Plouffe continued.

According to Drudge, the unnamed Clinton campaign staffer said: “Wouldn’t we be seeing this on the cover of every magazine if it were HRC,” shorthand for the candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Clinton campaign responded without acknowledging or denying the source of the photo, but turned the underlying prejudice on its head.

“If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed.  Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely,” Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams said in a statement.

“This is nothing more than an obvious and transparent attempt to distract from the serious issues confronting our country today and to attempt to create the very divisions they claim to decry.  We will not be distracted,” she said.

Shown the photo by reporters, Bill Clinton’s press secretary said the candidate’s spouse will not have any reaction.

Obama, a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, has repeatedly fended off attacks that he is a Muslim. But the attacks have been decried by both candidates: One Clinton campaign volunteer was asked to step down after forwarding an e-mail containing that rumor.

GOPAC head and FOX News contributor Michael Steele said he’d be surprised to find out the photo came from the Clinton campaign.

“If there is a staffer who sort of in their own roguish way had gone out and put this out there, this will be their last day on the job,” Steele said. “I think this is something that just kind of popped up on the ‘Net and they are attributing it to her. I’d be hard-pressed to find someone on the staff who is wasting their time in the heat of this battle to do something like that.”

And here is the aforementioned Drudge Report article:

CLINTON STAFFERS CIRCULATE ‘DRESSED’ OBAMA

Mon Feb 25 2008

With a week to go until the Texas and Ohio primaries, stressed Clinton staffers circulated a photo over the weekend of a “dressed” Barack Obama.

The photo, taken in 2006, shows the Democrat frontrunner fitted as a Somali Elder, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya.

The senator was on a five-country tour of Africa.

“Wouldn’t we be seeing this on the cover of every magazine if it were HRC?” questioned one campaign staffer, in an email obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT.

In December, the campaign asked one of its volunteer county coordinators in Iowa to step down after the person forwarded an e-mail falsely stating that Barack Obama is a Muslim.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe quickly accused the Clinton campaign Monday of ‘shameful offensive fear-mongering’ for circulating the snap.

Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams responds: “If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed.”

Developing…

Once again Sweetness & Light leads the way. (If you have not read our article and its updates, you will not understand the further ramifications of Mr. Obama’s photo op.)

Though a little credit from our friends at Fox News and the Drudge Report wouldn’t be bad.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 25th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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