He's not a Muslim, you know. His father was, but all that Barack Obama got from the relationship was the melanin production. He didn't see the old man but the one time after the age of two. Everyone knows his mother was a white Protestant. No Islam in the mix, not at all, at all.
So when a couple of hijab-wearing Islamic ladies rushed to take up seats behind their beloved candidate as he addressed his adoring fans, it couldn't go unnoticed. Imagine that picture flashed nationwide, with a couple of women in sexually-repressive attire, supporting Mr. Obama. It would be another round of proving that he's Christian, and not anti-women's rights, and that takes him off-message. Candidates hate that sort of thing.
You can't sit here, the two Mohammedans were told. We won't tell you to remove your head scarves because that sounds so dreadfully prejudiced, but instead, we're moving you out of those seats and over to these that are well out of camera range.
Hebba Aref took offense at being moved to the back of the bus, as it were, and she spoke up, to complain about being treated like a hijab-clad chunk of radioactivity.
Thanks a million for your support, says the Obama campaign, with backers like you and your big mouth we're in trouble. It's all over the news. The Obama handlers orchestrated a lovely photo opportunity and created a new problem.
We're so sorry, they've said. We're so sorry. But the fact is, the picture that will be shown on television and newspapers won't have any hijabs in it. We're so sorry, we can apologize as long as you like, but the campaign got the picture it wanted and the organizers aren't sorry at all. They're sorry that you let anyone know, Ms. Aref, because until word leaked out, the orchestration was flawless.