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Use of Obama Photo in Campaign Angers Kenyans

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Use of Obama Photo in Campaign Angers Kenyans

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

For a sign of how avidly the race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is being followed in Kenya, consider this: Remember the photo that circulated this week showing Barack Obama on a visit to northeastern Kenya in 2006? The photo where he's wearing a white turban and robe, a gift from tribal elders there. That photo popped up on The Dredge Report which said Hillary Clinton staffers had sent it. Obama's aides accused the Clinton camp of the most shameful, offensive, fearmongering.

In their debate this week, Clinton said she knew nothing about the photo and Obama said he took her at her word and said the issue should be set aside. End of story? Not for the tribal elders in the remote Kenyan village that Obama visited. The elders have demanded an apology from Clinton. They held two crises meetings yesterday and they plan to file an official complaint with the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. They say Clinton must clear her name and if no apology is forthcoming, the elders say they may impose a fine on Clinton, payable in livestock: cattle, goats or camels.

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