Barack Obama in Traditional Somali Dress Stirs Debate
The photo was taken in 2006 and shows Obama dressed as a Somali Elder, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya.
The picture of U.S. Senator Barack Obama wearing some traditional Somali dress, has the Senator angry at his rival, Hilary Clinton and her campaign staff.
The picture started circulating over the weekend and has caused a stir in many political circulates.
According to the Drudge Report, the photo was taken in 2006 and shows Obama who is dressed as a Somali Elder, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya.
In a statement, Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, accused the Clinton campaign Monday of ’shameful offensive fear-mongering’ for circulating the photo.
“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,” read the statement.
Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams responded in a statement saying: “Enough,” Williams said in the statement.
“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.”