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Clinton Supporter Behind “Obama Is A Secret Muslim” Nonsense ?

by @ 8:46 am on February 25, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politics

The photo above is Barack Obama during a trip he took to Africa in 2006 during which he visited his father’s home country, Kenya. He’s dressed up in the traditional garb of a Somali chieftain. Somehow, it made it’s way around the web yesterday and caused quite a reaction from some elements of the conservative blogosphere.

Just check out Atlas Shrugs:

Over at Islamica magazine, they are acknowledging what the few of us fighting the great fight have been saying all along. Hussein Obama is Islam’s  candidate. They call it a wink and a nod but shhhhhh don’t let on to the fat, lazy infidels.

Not every conservative has gone off the rails over this, though.

Rick Moran says this:

[T]he idea that Obama in traditional Kenyan garb proves he’s some kind of closet Muslim or Islamic sympathizer is absurd. Kenya is 70% Christian and only 10% Muslim. To extrapolate that Obama’s dress denotes anything other than acknowledging his birthright not to mention playing the gracious guest by donning the clothing of his hosts is irrational, stupid, ignorant, and totally without foundation.

Or, as hilzoy notes, if wearing Kenyan garb makes Barack Obama a secret Muslim, then George W. Bush is secretly Vietnamese.

What’s more interesting, though, may be where this story came from. It supposedly began with a posting at Free Republic, but Matt Drudge has another story:

With a week to go until the Texas and Ohio primaries, stressed Clinton staffers circulated a photo over the weekend of a “dressed” Barack Obama.

The photo, taken in 2006, shows the Democrat frontrunner fitted as a Somali Elder, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya.

The senator was on a five-country tour of Africa.

“Wouldn’t we be seeing this on the cover of every magazine if it were HRC?” questioned one campaign staffer, in an email obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT.

In December, the campaign asked one of its volunteer county coordinators in Iowa to step down after the person forwarded an e-mail falsely stating that Barack Obama is a Muslim.

As Matt always says, developing…..

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  6. Zack says:

    Hillary is being hypocritical. Here’s a picture of her in this attire.

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