"Dressed" Obama photo is Hillary's racist rock bottom

The big kerfluffle this morning is about a photo of Obama dressed in traditional Somali garb taken in 2006 during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya.

The drama started when Drudge posted the picture with a banner headline: "Clinton staffers circulate 'dressed' Obama." The article quoted an email from a Clinton campaign staffer remarking, "Wouldn't we be seeing this on the cover of every magazine if it were HRC?"

The ploy is reminscent of when George W. Bush's campaign circulated a photo of John Kerry in which he looked like ... well, like a sperm.

Only this time, the old "embarassing photo" trick carries a racist, anti-Muslim edge. It seems fairly obvious that the photo is designed to call into question Obama's patriotism, his religious beliefs, and the fact that he's an African American. Which all conveniently fits into the meme that Hillary's campaign has been pushing in a desperate attempt to get something to stick to the Teflon orator--of course, they do it with the sneaky "this is what conservatives will say if he's the candidate" dodge.

But what I find most intellectually dishonest is Clinton campaign guru Maggie Williams' response to the controversy over the photo:

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.

Of course it is divisive--that was the whole point of the original email leaking it. And now you're going to claim Obama's a racist for being offended? Much like Bill Clinton playing the race card, this is something that could not only damage her campaign, but tarnish her legacy.

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