Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Image is everything. Substance is nothing

It simply doesn't get any better than this. Here's some of the article from; (Emphasis mine) Muslims barred from picture at Obama event
By BEN SMITH 6/18/08 11:08 AM EST Updated: 6/18/08 12:48 PM EST

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.
(No shit. But if you want to support this phony, that's your call.)

"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." (Kinda like the volunteers who had a Che Guevara flag prominantly displayed at a Obama 08 HQ in Texas?)

Building a human backdrop to a political candidate, a set of faces to appear on television and in photographs, is always a delicate exercise in demographics and political correctness.

"I was coming to support him, and I felt like I was discriminated against by the very person who was supposed to be bringing this change, who I could really relate to," said Hebba Aref, a 25-year-old lawyer who lives in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills. "The message that I thought was delivered to us was that
they do not want him associated with Muslims or Muslim supporters."

In Detroit on Monday, the two different Obama volunteers — in separate incidents — made it clear that headscarves wouldn't be in the picture. The volunteers gave different explanations for excluding the hijabs, one bluntly political and the other less clear.

In Aref's case, there was no ambiguity.

That incident began when the volunteer asked Aref's friend Ali Koussan and two other friends, Aref's brother Sharif and another young lawyer, Brandon Edward Miller, whether they would like to sit behind the stage. The three young men said they would, but mentioned they were with friends.

The men said the volunteer, a twenty-something African-American woman in a green shirt, asked if their friends looked and were dressed like the young men, who were all light-skinned and wearing suits. Miller said yes, but mentioned that one of their friends was wearing a headscarf with her suit.

The volunteer "explained to me that because of the political climate and what's going on in the world and what's going on with Muslim Americans, it's not good for [Aref] to be seen on TV or associated with Obama," said Koussan, who is a law student at Wayne State University.
(Well, well, well...)

Both Koussan and Miller said they specifically recalled the volunteer citing the "political climate" in telling them they couldn't sit behind Obama. "I was like, 'You've got to be kidding me. Are you serious?'" Koussan recalled. (Yes, they're VERY serious.)


Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

I wonder why they felt like they could relate to him, lol.? hmmmmm....

3:42 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Well, well, well. What do we have here? More proof that Snobama, the political Jesus isn't all that he claims?

Yes, Joe, why would muslims support him?

9:26 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Who won't Obama throw under the bus in pursuit of the candidacy?

8:47 AM  
Blogger deb said...

I ask this in all seriousness, why would a religious Muslim support Obama? The best protection that they can have for their future religious freedom is to have a Republican in office. Don't they understand that many Democrates are secularists at heart? In France, little Muslim girls can't wear headscraves to school because of the secularist government. It simply is not logical to vote for someone who belongs to a group that could possibly restrict the public expression of your religion.

My head feels like it is going to explode.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

It's simple Deb: most dems are liberals, liberals are vacillating fools who are ridden (wrongly) with guilt and they think that if they give God the finger and persecute Christians they can feel good about themselves. Muslims see them are the useful idiots they are and use them to conquer the world as the koran tells them to do.

10:39 AM  

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