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November 8, 2010

Obama in Brown-Skinned Land

Here we go with the right-wing looking to get the bowing-thing rolling again.  An African-American president makes a friendly little gesture to the audience standing near the Indian Prime Minister, and … well, you know.  All Drudge had to do was reference the photo above with the link: Bows to Indian Parliament...

But then, notice the LAT makes the emphatic point that there has been no “bowing low” on this trip, given how Obama learned his lesson (about stirring up the haters) last time.

Meanwhile, here’s the headline and the image of another story Drudge linked to this morning.  I guess we also shouldn’t be surprised.

Here’s the recipe: Combine well-aged Obama early school days Muslim prayer innuendo with heaping dose of birther venom, add right wing Australian media with an tourist photo of Obama in India, then mix, stir and serve cold.

Regarding the photo, Drudge and the Australians seem to be playing off a knee-jerk reaction to the Obamas in an exotic, brown-skinned land more than anything else.  If I understand it right, by the way, Humayun — of Humayun’s Tomb in New Dehli, a world heritage site and a natural sightseeing attraction — was a Mughal, an offshoot of the Mongols and a descendent Ghengis Khan, although he, himself, was more Turk and and Persian than anything.  But then, maybe Drudge and The Australian are just taking advantage of the general public’s cultural illiteracy to somehow tie this tomb, and the primarily Hindu Indians in with the Muslim world.

(caption/photo 1: US President Barack Obama bows to the audience beside India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after delivering a speech at Parliament House in New Delhi on November 8, 2010. US President Barack Obama backed India’s quest for a permanent UN Security Council seat, inviting the world’s largest democracy to take its “rightful” place at the summit of global power.)

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