Just Saying… Enraged Somali Muslims Plan Rally After Friday Prayers in Support of Obama
Sorry for the Friday fear-mongering, but…
A group of “concerned citizens” in Kenya are planning a protest today.
Somali Muslims want Washington to “apologize to us as a clan and the old man retired chief Sheikh Mohamed Hassan” a senior elder who deserved great respect. The Sheikh appeared in the photo with Barack Obama.
They are planning a protest today after Friday prayers.
ISIOLO, Kenya (Reuters) – Kenyan elders demanded an apology from Washington on Thursday ahead of a planned protest over a controversial photo of U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama in traditional Somali dress.
The picture, which appeared on a U.S. Web site, showed the Democratic frontrunner donning a white headdress and robes during a visit in 2006 to the remote north-eastern town of Wajir.
The photo took centre stage in an increasingly acrimonious race for the White House, with Obama aides accusing his party rival Hillary Clinton’s camp of “the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering” after it was published.
Obama, whose late father was from western Kenya, has fought a whispering campaign by fringe elements who wrongly say that he is Muslim and have even compared his surname to that of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Clinton’s campaign denied it officially approved the picture’s release.
The dispute has angered many in Kenya, especially ethnic Somalis from the northeast, who resent the implication that Obama did anything wrong during his visit.
Wajir residents plan to demonstrate after Friday prayers to show their support for the Illinois senator.
Mohamed Ibrahim, who attended one of two crisis meetings held in Wajir on Thursday by clan members who hosted Obama on his trip, said Washington must immediately make amends to them and especially to the elder pictured with him.
“The U.S. government must apologise to us as a clan and the old man,” Ibrahim told Reuters by telephone. “We have been offended and we cannot afford to just watch and stay silent.”
American Thinker has more on the Friday after prayer protest for Obama.
Hat Tip Larwyn