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Senator Obama, Hindu?

The India Times reports:

NEW YORK: It’s unusual. But, it’s a fact. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic party’s presidential nominee, is seeking the blessings of Hanuman in his battle for the White House.
The 46-year-old senator from Illinois, who defeated his rival Hillary Clinton in an epic 17-month long electoral battle for Democratic party nomination, carries a “tiny monkey god” apparently representing “Hanuman” with him for good luck.
A recent photo posted on Time’s White House Photo of the Day collection shows the first ever Black-American nominee of a major US party for the Presidential elections carries with him a bracelet belonging to an American soldier deployed in Iraq, a gambler’s lucky chit, a tiny monkey god and tiny Madonna and child.
That “tiny monkey god,” of course, appears to be a statue of the Hindu monkey god, Hanuman, says the posting but editors and the photographer has not identified it as such.
Obama, whose father was a Kenyan and mother a white woman from Kansas, spent initial days of his life in Indonesia where Hinduism is a popular religion.

This is actually being reported on other Indian media sources as well.  From the sound of it, however, the charm seems like nothing other than a “lucky” monkey that a soldier from Iraq carried while he was in combat.  It’s really amazing how the world media is looking to Obama for salvation and inventing little things like this along the way to make his case.   


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