Shame on Barack Obama

America's jihad on Islam continues this week, further proving that Americans have lost their minds. This time the culprits are in Barack Obama's campaign.

From CBS News:

Two Muslim women at Barack Obama's rally in Detroit on Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women's headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate.

The campaign has apologized to the women, both Obama supporters who said they felt betrayed by their treatment at the rally.

"This is of course not the policy of the campaign. It is offensive and counter to Obama's commitment to bring Americans together and simply not the kind of campaign we run," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. "We sincerely apologize for the behavior of these volunteers."

Building a human backdrop to a political candidate, a set of faces to appear on television and in photographs, is always a delicate exercise in demographics and political correctness. Advance staffers typically pick supporters out of a crowd to reflect the candidate's message...

While it is all well and good Obama apologized, apparently Muslims don't reflect in his message. Of course, this really isn't his fault. With recent incidents around Sikhs and Keffiyah-gate, as well as conservative bloggers spreading rumors that he is a Muslim, Obama wants to set the record straight about himself. However, to purposely bar women wearing hijabs from appearing next to him, is not only unexceptable, it also goes against his message of bringing Americans together through hope and change.

Speaking of going against his message of change.

From The Wall Street Journal:

Democrat Barack Obama became the first major presidential candidate to reject taxpayer financing for his general-election campaign, allowing him to spend without limit in his contest against Republican John McCain.

The move, never attempted in three decades of public financing for presidential candidates, puts the Illinois senator in the position of being a self-styled reformer, pledged to diminish the influence of money in politics, who now plans to wage the most expensive campaign in history.

Sen. Obama's decision, which may kill off the reform program created in the wake of the Watergate-era scandals, came after he signaled earlier in the campaign that he was committed to staying inside the system. But the move wasn't entirely unexpected. With his campaign able to draw more than $1 million a day in donations from mainly small contributors, he will hold a financial edge by opting out of public financing.

Through April, Sen. Obama had raised an unprecedented $265 million -- far more than the $96 million Sen. McCain had raised -- and had $46.5 million on hand, including $8.8 million for the general election. By staying in the public-financing system, Sen. Obama would have been limited to spending $84.1 million in taxpayer cash between his late-August nominating convention and the Nov. 4 election. Sen. McCain said Thursday he would stick to public financing...

...Sen. Obama is one of three major authors of legislation to revamp the public-financing system for presidential elections. He has said on several occasions that he supports public financing -- an endorsement noted in a "Timeline of Reversal" missive sent out Thursday by the McCain campaign.

In January 2007, Sen. Obama criticized Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for opting out of public financing for the primary season. In February, responding to a questionnaire, he pledged to remain in the public-financing system as long as his Republican opponent agreed to a "fund-raising truce" for the general election...

The more things change, the more things remain the same.

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