There were rumors many months ago about Obama's wife and his staff hand-picking who would be on the stage behind the candidate. Who makes the camera shots with the Presidential hopeful. Here in PA it was an all-white crowd on the stage, along with campaign commercials where not a single Black person was found. I am sure the stage was predominately African-American in areas were the "Black vote" was needed. I realize all the candidates probably do this, but it just seems so unseemly spelled out like this. All this premeditated pandering is just so untoward...
"...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.” (source)
I don't care what the 'campaign' claims now...you know Obama was like, "get those hijabs OFF the stage, that's all I need is more association with Islam."