Over the weekend the Clinton campaign released photos of Barack Obama wearing traditional Somali garb while on an African tour a few years back. Of course foreign dignitaries often pay respect to local custom like this—Bush, Bill Clinton, and Hillary herself have all done the same. So what's the problem?
The problem is that Hillary's camp is not releasing this to demonstrate how worldly or cool Obama looks in this outfit (with his polo and khakis clearly visable beneath it), they are doing it to denegrate him and stir up the issue of his multi-cultural background, and if it muddies the water on the closet muslim rumors, well, that's just a bonus...
She makes me fucking sick.
Don't give me any crap about that being a link to Drudge [* see update]. That's where they sent the photos, and they are NOT denying it. They are feigning "What's wrong with that?" and then getting defensive about it. Here is the official non-denial denial from new campaign manager Maggie Williams:
If Barack Obama's campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely. This is nothing more than an obvious and transparent attempt to distract from the serious issues confronting our country today and to attempt to create the very divisions they claim to decry. We will not be distracted.”
Your campaign has become a fucking disgrace Senator Clinton. Grab a seat next to Lieberman over there...you are dead to me, and no longer a Democrat.
MORE: The Clinton camp cops to sending it, but claims it was in the context of about press coverage, not to push a negative story to the press. Clinton spokesman, Mo Elleithee: "We don’t think there’s anything wrong with this photo. Sen. Clinton has herself, while traveling abroad, dressed in traditional, local dress...We think it is wrong for the Obama campaign to say that this is divisive photo. It’s not a divisive photo."
Lecture us again about tactics and behavior, Hillary. Go the fuck home.
*UPDATE: From the eminently reliable Josh Marshall:
Put it all together and the Clinton camp would appear to be unwilling to make even the most perfunctory denial that they are or were circulating this photo around.
We held up on this because we never want to take Drudge as a fact witness for anything. But I think the Clinton camp's statement speaks for itself.