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Monday, July 21, 2021

Perhaps because green is my favorite color, I associate it with good luck and general good feelings. But then, I’m not Barack Obama, and I don’t have to worry about false symbolism during a Middle East swing through Jordan and Israel:

“A ban on wearing green seems bizarre,” said Richard Bulliet, a professor of Middle Eastern history at Columbia University, who said the color is associated with the family of the Prophet Mohammed.

“I would hazard the guess that the campaign’s concern is more with distorted—and religiously inaccurate—reporting by Obama’s detractors than with any actual signal that might be conveyed,” he said, referring to false rumors that Obama is a Muslim. “You don’t want to have some blogger come along and say ‘Obama is showing his true color.’”

“I think they’re just being overcautious to a ridiculous degree,” Bulliet said.

It’s overly cautious to the extent that crackpot detractors don’t need actual photographic images for their smear campaigns. But it’s still probably prudent, in the sense of avoiding a self-inflicted emerald bullseye.

I do wonder what shade Obama, as either candidate or elected official, would wear on a visit to Ireland.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/21/2008 11:09:37 PM
Category: Fashion, Politics
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