Photo op

oa.jpgThe blogs are all atwitter this afternoon over who sent a picture of Barack Obama to The Drudge Report. The Obama campaign blames the Clinton campaign for “fear mongering,” and so far nobody has asked either camp if they really think Americans in general are so stupid as to believe that every person wearing a traditional Somali elder clothing represents… what… a terrorist? And as for Drudge, well, what do you expect from Drudge?

But maybe it’s time for a new question in the next presidential debate: how stupid and gullible do you think we are?

Rather than create another “us vs. them” conspiracy, the best answer to the inquiring reporter is, “yeah, so?”

Update 3:12 p.m. Mon. – Here’s a picture I found on Getty images from August 27, 2006. Note the same shirt, the same pants, the watch. I’m guessing – and it’s only a guess — that this was taken on the same day as the photograph that, apparently, is stirring fear from coast to coast.

Meanwhile, Talking Points Memo has update on Clinton conference call denying any role in the developing scandal. Still no sign of anyone asking “who cares?”


Update 3:28 p.m. – In other turban news, how did America miss this one?


And if only we had the Drudge Report to tell us about the day — in 1975 — that Mike Love of the Beach Boys announced his intention to join the Taliban.