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Obama....another dim and another slur against Indian-Americans
...first hillary, then plagiarist joe biden and now hussien obama
[QUOTE][B]PUN'JAB' HITS OBAMA: INDIANS SEE SLUR IN MEMO VS. HILL
By IAN BISHOP[/B]
A research memo written by the Barack Obama campaign made Hillary Rodham Clinton out to be a tool of Indian-American interests - and referred to her as "Clinton (D-Punja)."
June 16, 2007 -- WASHINGTON - A major Indian-American organization yesterday accused Barack Obama's presidential campaign of "engaging in the worst kind" of stereotyping for slamming Bill and Hillary Clinton's close ties to India.
Obama's team circulated an opposition research memo Thursday, hours after Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's congressional financial disclosure forms were made public. The statement accused the former first couple of reaping "significant financial rewards from their relationship with the Indian community."
The Obama memo bashed Bubba for investing in companies that ship U.S. jobs to India, and accused his wife of raking in gobs of campaign cash from Indian-Americans and favoring Indian businesses over heartland jobs. It labeled her "Sen. Clinton (D-Punjab)."
Members of the U.S.-India Political Action Committee were outraged.
"For any candidate to imply there is something wrong with getting Indian-American support, that is upsetting - very upsetting - for our members," the PAC's boss, Sanjay Puri, told The Post, adding that he received numerous calls and e-mails from angered members.
Puri fired off a letter to Obama demanding the Illinois senator "respond directly" to media reports about the research memo "and let us know if indeed your staff is promoting these hurtful stereotypes."
"We have been encouraged by your message of inclusion and your promise to bring a new kind of politics to our country," Puri wrote.
"This is why we are so concerned about media reports indicating your staff may be engaging in the worst kind of anti-Indian-American stereotyping."
Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, responded to Puri's letter by saying: "Barack Obama has been a longtime friend of the Indian-American community, and our campaign is fortunate to have strong support from Indian-Americans across the country.
"The intent of the document was to discuss the issue of outsourcing, but we regret the tone that parts of the document took."
The potshots have turned into an unmitigated disaster for Obama - who vowed to run a different kind of campaign without negativity.
The attack on Hillary ran under the headline, "Hillary Clinton (D-Punjab)'s Personal, Financial and Political Ties to India."
At a recent fund-raiser, she was introduced by an Indian doctor, and reportedly joked, "I can certainly run for the Senate seat in Punjab and win easily."
[QUOTE=Come Back to NY]don't necessarily disagree with you....but we all know how people cry racism at the drop of a hat....
if Obama was listed (Obama- D Half Caucasian) what would the outcry be???[/QUOTE]
I understand, but there is a fundamental difference between "Punjab" and "Half Caucasian" in this case.
On one side, it is a reflection of who/where she is "representing". On the other is a direct comment on the ethnicity of the Senator. Punjab, in this situation, cannot be meant as a slight, only as a physical location description. Whereas the other speaks specificly to race of the person being criticized.
In any event, it does all come back to people cry racism far far far too often, obscuring TRUE racism.