Obama Pushes Garb Photo Smear
CBS News: Obama in MS (emphasis mine):
“When in the midst of a campaign you decide to throw the kitchen sink at your opponent because you’re behind,” he said, “and your campaign starts leaking photographs of me when I’m traveling overseas wearing the native clothes of those folks to make people afraid, and then you run an ad talking about who’s going to answer the phone at three in the morning, an ad straight out of the Republican playbook, that’s not real change.”
Tonight's comments were the most direct criticism from Obama regarding the distribution of the photo of him in traditional African garb. The Clinton campaign denied having anything to do with the photos when they were initially published, and the issue seemed to have faded until Obama brought it up tonight.
First, there is no legitimate reason to trust Drudge, the site that "broke" this non-scandal, let alone force Hillary Clinton to prove her innocence--an impossible task. Second, it has been shown that the Free Republic, a right-wing site, not only circulated that photo 2 days before the story broke but also is almost certainly the source of the photo posted by Drudge.
Remind me again how Obama is obsessively avoiding the issue of race? Especially after his camp immediately pounced on the non-scandal from the beginning, condemning Clinton--without proof--as engaging in "the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we've seen from either party in this election," and Obama now having contradicted his earlier statement on the matter: "I take Senator Clinton at her word that she knew nothing about the photo. So I think that's something that we can set aside."