Obama in Kenyan Dress

Is This Photo a Big Deal? Whose Response Was Right?


This photo showing Barack Obama wearing traditional Kenyan dress was widely circulated this weekend. Rumorists pointed to Hillary Clinton's campaign as the source of what is now being called "the dressed" photo by the Drudge Report and others. Some believe that the Drudge Report received the photo from Hillary's campaign.

Barack Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe said, showing the picture was evidence "her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election," and said it was, "divisive."


Hillary Clinton's campaign manager retorted back,

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 people 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.

Michelle Malkin has a roundup of famous photos of leaders in native costume — just for comparison's sake.

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