Clinton vs Obama: What is the big deal over wearing Muslim or Jewish attire?

Posted on February 25, 2008

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(CNN) — Barack Obama’s campaign accused Hillary Clinton’s team Monday of circulating a photo of the Illinois senator donning traditional attire – clothing worn by area Muslims – as a goodwill gesture during an overseas trip.

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In a statement, the Clinton campaign called the charge “an obvious and transparent attempt to distract” voters from serious issues – but did not issue a denial.

The picture, which appeared on the Drudge Report this morning, was attributed to sources within the Clinton campaign – although the Web site did not reveal how many, or who, might have received the photo.

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However, Obama is right.  American politicians have often donned the traditional dress of a country when visiting it as a sign of respect.  Here are some examples:

Hillary and Chelsea wearing hijab

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President Bush wearing a Saudi Robe

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Mrs Bush learning to wear hijab

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Speaker Pelosi wearing hijab

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Secretary Rice wearing hijab

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 President Bush wearing a yarmulke

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Former President Clinton wearing a yarmulke

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Finally, please remember that Obama is a Christian

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Other articles you may wish to read about previous attacks by Clinton staffers on Obama are:

1. Using the Muslim Label as a Dirty Political Trick in U.S. Presidential Campaigning.

2. Canning of Clinton volunteers Does Not Stop Bigoted Email’s Damage to U.S. Muslims.

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