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What is it about B0 campaign and limiting colors?

First it was food colors at the convention

The 28-page contract asks that food come in “at least three of the following five colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple and white.” Garnishes do not count.

Now it’s forbidden colors on the trip to Israel and Jordan: no Green!

Reports Politico

n a memo to reporters, described as “a few guidelines we sent staff before departure to the Middle East,” Obama advance staffer Peter Newell laid out rules on attire for Jordan and Israel.

First among them: “Do not wear green.”

An Obama aide explained to reporters that green is the color associated with the militant Palestinian group Hamas. But while the color does appear on Hamas banners, there is no particular symbolism to wearing green clothes, experts said.

It’s good to know such a solid judgment based on imaginary fact is displayed ( Hitler’s favorite monument comes to mind)

“I guess green is the ‘Hamas color’ — but it’s also the color of Islam!” Bazzi said in an email from Beirut. “That’s one way for the Obama campaign to alienate 1.4 billion Muslims worldwide.”

We wanted to be as respectful as possible. We wanted to go to the highest level,” said Jen Psaki, an Obama spokeswoman in Amman, of the campaign’s full list of sartorial suggestions, which also include a ban on nail polish and tank tops for women.

That’s nice. Except that they pretty much made their own rules – no one figures out why

I wonder if there was any rule against using terrorist organizations as security?

A spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations, Ibrahim Hooper, said Muslims might take offense at the campaign’s instruction.

“Are you kidding?” Hooper asked, when told of the memo, calling the move a “misstep.”

“The color green is associated with Islam worldwide,” he said. “Whether in some particularly tiny geographic location there’s some other local association based on politics is one thing, but to ask people not to wear green – are they going to ask people if he goes to Ireland, are they going to ask them not to wear green or orange?”

It should be noted that he even got his biggest fans, the Zogbys   scratching their heads with this one
The president of the Arab American Institute, James Zogby, said he didn’t think the rule would give offense, but that he did find it puzzling.

“I’ve never heard of that before,” he said, adding that nobody had ever suggested avoiding the color on his satellite television show, which airs weekly in the Arab world

Other signs all this caution is working

To me, this is part of the rock star syndrome….”Bring me M@Ms but remove  all the green ones”

I can tell you to sort M&Ms, I can be food and fashion police – because how can you say no to me? You wouldn’t be….racist, by any chance?

No excuse is too flimsy when it comes to ordering people around.

If this bunch gets into power, the Bush times will be remembered as “the good ol’ times

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