The picture above first appeared in GEESKA AFRIKA ONLINE with this caption:
U.S. Senator Barack Obama, right, is dressed as a Somali Elder by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan, left, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya, near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia. The area is at the epicenter of a severe drought that has hit the Horn of Africa region, after erratic and insufficient rains during the April-June season
We all have to judge for ourselves from candidates position statements, voting records, legislative initiatives, marital history, and even photographs. Pictures give us clues about family members, disposition of the candidate, alcohol consumption, and perhaps even willingness to be silly (see Rudy Guliani in drag).
If someone aspires to someday run for higher office, every decision they have ever made, including the decision to don ‘local clothing’ is open for discussion and/or criticism. It comes with the territory.
I doubt that anyone put a sword to Obama’s head and forced him to put on that outfit. He made the decision. It speaks to his position and judgment. Some may consider it one way, while others will see it just the opposite. It’s just another clue about the candidate. He really doesn’t give us too many clues, except a voting record full of “Present” votes and empty speeches full of words like “hope” and “change”.
“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,” said Obama campaign manager David Plouffe.
Very strange. Her campaign distributes a photo that somehow is “fear-mongering’? What fear is that?