Matt Drudge reported that Clinton Campaign advisers are circulating an image of Barack Obama dressed as a Somali elder, positing that if it was HRC, she would be all over the covers of every newspaper. Even Drudge does the right thing and points out lots of other American figures – yes, including Hillary and Chelsea (ggrrow!) – have worn traditional or accepted garb in various other countries as deemed appropriate. Obama campaign adviser Plouffe responds in Politico:
Obama slams smear photo – Mike Allen – Politico.com
Plouffe said in a statement: “On the very day that Senator Clinton is giving a speech about restoring respect for America in the world, her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election. This is part of a disturbing pattern that led her county chairs to resign in Iowa, her campaign chairman to resign in New Hampshire, and it’s exactly the kind of divisive politics that turns away Americans of all parties and diminishes respect for America in the world,” said Plouffe.
Let me go a step further and point out the obvious: what is objectionable to Hillary advisers is a black man dressed any other way but the way “Americans” dress. This isn’t just about “divisive politics,” that “diminishes respect for America,” but rather specific and unambiguously racist hate rhetoric that says that people in other parts of the world who dress funny are dangerous. It implicitly states that brown people in other parts of the world and dressed differently are terrorists. It says that a black American man cannot be trusted to travel abroad because he might “go native.” This is a rather specific thumb in the eye of every other nation where such people might reside, and it is beyond shameful.
Hill Boosters can claim that the advisers simply saw what they believed to be media bias. But this photo is years old, where did it come from? Ultimately, they looked through a bunch of photos till this one hit a nerve and they decided it was somehow beyond the pale. They found something here worth attacking and their reflexive Liberal guilt wouldn’t allow them to state in plain terms what they know damned-well they saw.
It also says that Clinton advisers are so prejudiced that they don’t even recognize the depths of their own ignorance: the garb Obama wears in the above picture is about as directly indicative of being somehow associated with terrorists as a traditional Indian wardrobe would be. Or an Eskimo snow suit, for that matter. It’s not that he looks like a terrorist; it’s not that he looks like an Arab (which, in fact, he does not); it’s that it looks like one of those dirty brown people you can’t trust.
So please, everybody: let’s all overlook the MLK comment; let’s all overlook the Jesse Jackson “black candidate” comment; lets all set aside every single, solitary shred of evidence that there is a consistent problem with racism on the Clinton team and just take it at face value that someone once dubbed William Jefferson Clinton “the first black president,” and without a token (pardon the pun) of further evidence, assume that this imparts the same untarnished, unassailable reputation to Hillary Rodham-.
You know, just do like the rest of that whole “35 years of experience” canard does.