Obama, Clinton Camps Clash Over Obama Photo Leak
Posted on Feb 25, 2008
On Monday morning, The Drudge Report featured a photo of Barack Obama in traditional Kenyan dress taken during his 2006 visit to the African nation. Obama aides are angrily accusing Clinton’s team of leaking the photo in an attempt to put off voters (with a heaping dose of “ethnicity,” apparently) at a particularly auspicious moment, but Clinton’s camp has denied that it released the picture.
But the BBC Justin Webb in Ohio says the photograph - coming at this pivotal moment in the campaign - is being seen by the Obama team as particularly offensive.
His campaign manager, David Plouffe, accused Mrs Clinton’s aides of “the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election”.
The accusation was dismissed by Mrs Clinton’s campaign manager Maggie Williams.
“If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed,” she said.
The photo in question: Barack Obama is dressed as a Somali elder by Sheik Mahmed Hassan during a visit to Kenya in August 2006.