June 19, 2008

The Messiah is "image" conscious

Remember -- don't say his middle name (Hussein, even though he's the one that first brought it up), and at campaign rallies, the "right mix" is always a must:

Two Muslim women at Barack Obama’s rally in Detroit on Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women’s headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate.

The campaign has apologized to the women, both Obama supporters who said they felt betrayed by their treatment at the rally.

“This is of course not the policy of the campaign. It is offensive and counter to Obama’s commitment to bring Americans together and simply not the kind of campaign we run,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. “We sincerely apologize for the behavior of these volunteers.” (Source.)

I'm surprised Obama didn't use his classic "These aren't the volunteers I know" line.

Why is this not surprising? Because back in April the Obama campaign complained that they "needed more white people" at a Michelle Obama rally.

Hard to believe how people are being sucked in by this utter phony.

Posted by Hube at June 19, 2008 09:15 AM | TrackBack

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Every day we watch attempts by conservative talk show hosts to paint Obama as an anti-American, terrorist-loving Muslim, and you can't see how a couple of volunteers might make that call out of a sense of panic? Hell, I don't blame 'em. It's a nasty, nasty game.

Or are you arguing that this is somehow a campaign mandate -- that there's a memo floating around telling volunteers what to do about headscarves? That Obama -- or McCain, or Bush, or whoever -- are actually supposed to have control over each of their bazillion volunteers?

Posted by: dan at June 19, 2008 05:33 PM

Oh, and did you read the rest of the article??

You ridicule "the right mix" as if it's something Obama and the Democrats invented. The very same article you link to, hilariously enough, mentions that the McCain campaign actively sought out a Hispanic guy to add to the "diversity" of their crowd!

Posted by: dan at June 19, 2008 05:44 PM

Dan -- are you really arguing that seeking to include minorities is the same as actually excluding minorities?

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at June 19, 2008 06:25 PM

Certainly. The scenario doesn't involve a fundamental civil right. We're talking about the "right" to be used as a pawn in a political photo op. A simple seat assignment.

When a Republican who's been criticized for racial insensitivity puts his three black supporters front-and-center, he's not committing any egregious felony. He's just playing the sad game that is American politics by using their race to his advantage. And when Obama -- who's been the target of a smear campaign accusing him of being a Muslim terrorist sympathizer -- does not want a Muslim front and center, it's the same thing in reverse.

The far right has my ultimate admiration for its ability to screw people over. Step 1 is to make up stories about Obama not being a Christian. This puts Obama's camp on the defensive, which makes a couple of volunteers do what they did. Enter Step 2: Criticize him for "discriminating" against Muslims.

It makes absolutely no sense yet, it somehow catches on. Hats off to you guys. The ultimate Catch-22. And speaking of the catching on, where's the hat tip to the "liberal" NYT, MSNBC and the rest for their brilliant job of jumping all over this non-story? ;)

Posted by: Dan at June 19, 2008 07:26 PM

What's next for the Obama campaign? Perhaps a sweep of campaign offices to take down all the Che Guevarra posters.

Posted by: G Rex at June 20, 2008 11:41 AM

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