Clinton’s camp knows that the average American doesn’t know if what Obama is wearing in this photo is traditional Pakistani garb or traditional African dress! They see turban, turban, turban! We know that for a lot of Americans turban = terrorist. This is not brain surgery, it’s racism and stereotyping! Now, I know there is nothing wrong with a turban, but the reasons behind this photo being released are obvious. This is a very juvenile move. Desperate!!!
Here is the story from SHM – RACIST or just mischievous politics? That is the question being asked after the Barack Obama campaign accused the Hillary Clinton camp of circulating via the internet a photo of Senator Obama in African dress.
With just a week to go until the make-or-break primaries in Texas and Ohio, the reaction from the Obama camp was swift.
“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,” the campaign manager, David Plouffe, said.
The photo, taken in 2006, shows Obama dressed in traditional garb during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in north-eastern Kenya. The website The Drudge Report, which broke the story, said the image came from the Clinton campaign.
“Everybody knows that whether it’s me or Senator Clinton, or Bill Clinton, that when you travel to other countries they ask you to try on traditional garb that you have been given as a gift,” Senator Obama later told a San Antonio, Texas, radio station.
“The notion that they would try to use this to imply in some way that I’m foreign, I think is, you know, unfortunate,” he told another station in Dallas.
The Clinton campaign issued a response but did not deny staff had circulated the photo.
“Enough,” the campaign manager, Maggie Williams, said of the Obama outrage. “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.”
The Clinton campaign was forced to let a volunteer go in December after he suggested in an email that Barack Obama was a Muslim. Who comes out worse out of this latest verbal jousting remains to be seen but the Obama camp’s tactics of pushing back against any slur seem to have been effective in the past. Given the sensitivities in the race, it just might be that Senator Clinton is the one who is most damaged. It underscores the difficulty she faces in tackling Senator Obama.
Campaigning in Ohio on Monday, Senator Obama packed out two campus arenas, each with capacity for 13,000. The crowds have become increasingly large and raucous as each day goes by. There were further signs that Senator Clinton is in real trouble in both Texas and Ohio and Senator Obama has raced ahead of her in national polls.