Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Rep. Keith Ellison Brings Obama Back On Track

Keith Ellison, the only Muslim member of Congress, has brokered a peace between Barack Obama and two Muslim women who were denied the opportunity to stand behind Obama during a speech in Detroit, while he was being given the official endorsement of Al Gore.

Good for them for finally standing up and calling the candidate of hope and change on his campaign's bad behavior.

Keith Ellison confronted Obama over the snub of two Muslim women wearing head scarves in Detroit by campaign staffers who refused to let them stand behind Obama. The staffers were later referred to by the agent of change as "low level volunteers" and he did the I'm sorry if anyone was offended type of apology. Not much respect for the volunteers behind the scenes, I see.

The confrontation between Ellison and Obama was characterized as "cordial but direct" during the Congressional Black Caucus meeting and the chair attempted to gavel it down so that it didn't become too heated. This is the same meeting in which Obama told women supporters of Hillary that women voters were just going to have to "get over it" and support him in November. Mr. Compassion. There's some real reaching out to the other side for you.

From The New York Times: "While the senator has visited churches and synagogues, he has yet to appear at a single mosque. Muslims and Arab-American organizations have tried repeatedly to arrange meetings with Mr. Obama, but officials with those groups say their invitations - unlike those of their Jewish and Christian counterparts - have been ignored."

According to Wall Street Journal Online: "The Obama camp even refused Rep. Keith Ellison's offer to speak at an Iowa mosque, "because it might stir controversy."

Why is the candidate so cowardly when it comes to Muslims? He'll have all the Muslim votes he wants in November so why is he snubbing them? Just because he can? It seems he is taking the same path with Muslims that the Democrat party takes with the black voter, taking their votes for granted and not doing any real work with them.

Maybe this time the minority will speak up and demand recognition. Demand some accountability. Good for Rep. Ellison for taking Obama to task for his dismal behavior.

When does all of this hope and change kick in?


Nikki said...

Great post! Obama is snubbing them. I have had some guy posting on my blog and some others saying that being called a muslim is not a "smear" like Obama has posted on his fight the smear site, of course the guy is a nut job...but he does have a point. nice job. :)N

Debbie said...

Just wait until Obama is elected though. Keith Ellison will have a prime role in his administration I bet. Also, his shyness toward Muslims will suddenly disappear.

It's all about what's politically good for Obama at the moment.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD said...

Ha ha! Great ending Karen - do you reckon the Senator's plan is like way more hope than change?!

Karen said...

Yeah, hoping no one notices there is no change there!

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Under all that veneer, is a cowardly sneer of arrogance and pomp. He is a typical politician with a great marketing gimmick of hope and change, transracialism and unity.

He is anything but.

Karen said...

"cowardly sneer", extra points for that one, my friend.

sifta said...


If bigotry towards Muslims is politically expedient in the run-up to the election, it will be just as much if not more so after the election. Let's not fool or delude ourselves.