Ever since I personally felt dissed by Obama and his disavowal of Jeremiah Wright in late April and more importantly for me, allowing for outright mistruths concerning the Black Church and that which is the black preacher and many other nuances of black culture to be passed on to unsuspecting liberal and conservative whites alike through various media outlets, I’ve been quite mum about all things Obama, save the night Hillary Clinton decided to “suspend” her campaign (I still can’t believe that wench did that that Tuesday night).
But, this time, I feel that I must come to his defense, because I think it brings to light some other issues. This particular one is about Obama’s handlers turning away some Muslim women from sitting directly behind him in camera shot during a rally in Detroit. Politco’s story follows:
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.”
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. Advance staffers typically pick supporters out of a crowd to reflect the candidate’s message.
When Obama won the North Carolina primary amid questions about his ability to connect with white voters, for instance, he stood in front of a group of middle-aged white women waving small American flags.
“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.”
I text messaged my friend about this one and he said that this group of Muslims were probably a plant, testing the waters to see what response they were going to get.
Well, I’m sorry, when I first saw the story break on Wednesday of this week, as bad as I felt for the people who were turned away, I felt even worse for the Democratic Party because I could clearly see a swift-boat type ad coming out in a random state like West Virginia, Ohio or Pennsylvania darkening the screen while Obama was speaking and highlighting the faces of these two young women and have someone do a voice-over in an ominous voice clamoring about how Obama is linked with Al-Qaeda or some crap.
I’m with Obama and on this one.
Given the politcal climate, I mean this guy can’t even claim Christianity without going through hell and high water, so do you think him being associated with Islam is going to help? I think not.
And, sorry, I can’t help but say it, but I mean, this guy shoved his own pastor under the bus, do you think he’d really worry himself about a religion that equals terrorism in the eyes of good, gun-totin’, scripture quotin’ citizens of the United States of America? (I shoulda put Amerikkka, but you get my point.)
So do you think Obama’s campaign coordinators and by extension Obama himself were wrong for barring the two young women from the seating area directly behind the podium at the rally?
Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL