Monday, February 25, 2008

Hillary's political limbo dance

"How low can you go? Everybody! How low can you go?"...

Obama slams smear photo

(Photo: AP)

Mike Allen writes for Politico:

"The photo, taken in 2006, shows the Democrat front-runner dressed as a Somali Elder, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya," the Drudge Report said. The photo created huge buzz in political circles and immediately became known as "the 'dressed' photo," reflecting the Drudge terminology.

Plouffe said in a statement: “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. 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," said Plouffe.

The Clinton campaign issued an official response to the growing tempest - but the statement from campaign manager Maggie Williams did not respond to the central question of whether staffers circulated the photo.

“Enough,” Williams said in the statement. “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.

(Full Article)

Thanks to The Obama Project for the link.


Big Yellow Forehead said...

It's funny, because I just wrote a blog about this, and I too asked "how low can you go?" of Billary. If the Clinton campaign crew thought that the picture wouldn't have been problematic for Obama, they never would have released it (which they didn't deny doing). The same thing goes for her ex-campaigners who sent out misinformation that Obama was a practicing Muslim.

Christopher said...

So Barack wore the clothing of the country he visited?


Pickles Bush covered her mug with a veil when she visited Saudi Arabia.

Bush worse a an Asia geisha girl frock when he traveled to Asia.

The Hillary Clinton campaign has jumped the damned shark.