Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Obama public relations people work their magic

Politico ("Muslims barred from picture at Obama event") and Fox ("Women in headscarves banned from Obama photo-op") report on the inclusiveness of the Obama public relations machine.

Two Muslim women were prohibited from sitting behind the podium at Barack Obama’s Monday rally in Detroit, apparently so their headscarves would not appear in photographs with him, according to a report Wednesday in the

The Washington-based Web site reported that Obama campaign volunteers said the women could not wear the hijabs behind the candidate, though they gave different reasons for the rule.

One volunteer said that one of the women could not be seen on TV with Obama “because of the political climate and what’s going on in the world and what’s going on with Muslim Americans,” according to the Muslim woman’s friend.

The other volunteer gave a less political explanation to the other woman, according to the article, claiming nobody with any kind of headpiece could sit behind the stage.

Inclusion! Hope! Change!*

*Inclusion, hope and change not included in an actual Obama administration.

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