Ben Smith is reporting today in Politico that two Muslim women were barred from sitting behind the podium in Barack Obama's Monday appearance in Detroit. This action was done by Obama campaign volunteers to keep the women, with their Muslim headscarves, from being seen in photographs or on video behind the candidate. This was a great embarrassment to the Obama campaign who issued a prompt apology.
This action once again highlights the "smoke and mirrors" nature of Barack Obama's campaign. In a previous event, African Americans were removed from behind the podium to make room for white people so that the candidate would appear to have a following of a more racially diverse nature. So much for the "new kind of politics."
In both cases, the persons removed, African Americans in the first instance and Muslims in the second, were understandably angry.
"I was coming to support him, and I felt like I was discriminated against by the very person who was supposed to be bringing this change, who I could really relate to," said Hebba Aref, a 25-year-old lawyer who lives in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills. "The message that I thought was delivered to us was that they do not want him associated with Muslims or Muslim supporters."
The previous incident occurred in April and was documented here by Grand Old Patriots. In that case, the campaign worker said, "Get me more white people. We need more white people."
To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, “We’re moving you, sorry. It’s going to look so pretty, though.”
“I didn’t know they would say, ‘We need a white person here,’ ” said attendee and senior psychology major Shayna Watson, who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama. “I understood they would want a show of diversity, but to pick up people and to reseat them, I didn’t know it would be so outright.”
Welcome to the "New Kind of Politics," 2008 version, where it is not what we say or do that counts but what we say that we mean. The new kind of politics looks very similar to the old kind practiced by Clinton & Clinton.
Sadly, these insights into Obama's campaign will likely go unnoticed by the mainstream media who are too busy waving pom-poms for him.
--Submitted by B. Bryant