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Keeping Muslims off camera

Here’s a tricky problem. We all have noticed that at political events, there are people sitting behind the politician that form a backdrop for the event. Most of us know that the campaigns pick the people who sit there, which is a “delicate exercise in demographics and political correctness.”

On Monday, two women were prevented from sitting behind Barack Obama because they were wearing head scarves. Talk about a lose-lose situation. If they let them sit there, everyone thinks Obama is a Muslim, and even start asking questions about what Islamo-fascist terrorist cell is supporting him.  If they don’t, Obama is called a cynical politician.

As usual, the answer was to blame the problem on volunteers. According to Obama spokesman Bill Burton “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. We sincerely apologize for the behavior of these volunteers.”

Thanks to Indecision 2008



  1. Master Shake wrote:

    What’s not mentioned here is that all the volunteers were told to turn away anyone with ANYTHING on their heads, including hats, scarves, anything that would look “less professional”. The volunteers were only doing what they were told, and this has been blown way out of proportion.

    Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 2:28 pm | Permalink
  2. happysmoker wrote:

    Another thing that isn’t mentioned is that wearing headscarves is stupid.

    Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 2:51 am | Permalink