Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Picture: Hillary responds, Bill in native garb

Hillary herself responds to the Drudge claim that her campaign circulated a pic of Obama in native garb, saying she knows nothing about it:

"Every time I traveled to foreign countries, I wore the costume of the country. You can find dozen of pictures of me in different parts of the world. You can find me wearing African outfits, Latin American outfits, Asian outfits, when you travel to foreign countries, it’s a sign of respect. What does that have to do with anything?"

For the conspiratorially minded, in the wake of Sept. 11 and emails falsely claiming Obama is a Muslim, a picture showing him dressed in a turban might be more damaging than your normal native-garb shot. But in any event, on a day dominated by the Drudge story, it seems somehow fitting that we end with this photo, from a trip to Ghana, brought to our attention by a reader:


Jewish vote: Hillary backers target Obama


Newsweek pulls together some pieces of the Clinton effort to turn Jewish voters off from Obama, including a top Hillary aide misidentifying Zbigniew Brzezinski as Obama's "chief foreign-policy adviser" (he's not, but he's disliked by many Jewish voters), and this anecdote:

"In one case, Daphna Ziman, a longtime friend of Hillary Clinton's who has co-chaired several events for her, forwarded an e-mail from the Republican Jewish Coalition, a grass-roots GOP group, criticizing Obama for proposing a Muslim summit. In a Jan. 31 interview with Paris Match, Obama said he wanted 'an honest discussion about ways to bridge the gap that grows between Muslims and the West.' Ziman, in her Feb. 2 e-mail, responded, 'I am horrified at Mr. Obama's point of view.' "

Wouldn't want to bridge that gap! But Ziman, it should be noted, has no official role in the Hillary campaign.

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