By now you’ve all heard or read about Clinton’s campaign allegedly circulating a photo of Obama dressed as a Somali elder. Rumors that Obama is somehow a “closet Muslim” have been circulating since the day he announced his candidacy. (In the interest of being “Fair and Balanced”, rumors have also plagued Hillary that she’s a “closet Lesbian”, an alien from one of Jupiter’s many moon, and that she once had her Costco Executive Club Membership revoked for eating too many samples.)

Whether her campaign actually circulated the photo or not, you have to give credit to Clinton’s camp for winning the post game spin. Get a load of these dueling quotes:

FROM TEAM OBAMA: “On the very day that Senator Clinton is giving a speech about restoring respect for America in the world, her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election. This is part of a disturbing pattern that led her county chairs to resign in Iowa, her campaign chairman to resign in New Hampshire, and it’s exactly the kind of divisive politics that turns away Americans of all parties and diminishes respect for America in the world.”

For the love of Miracle Whip why would you suggest this is “fear mongering” and “shameful”? It’s a picture of your candidate in another country doing what countless politicians and even private citizens have done. Good grief, I even have photos of me wearing a giant mouse head at Chuck E. Cheese. That’s just what you do.

Here’s what their statement should have said: “I don’t know exactly what the Clinton campaign is trying to accomplish here, but Senator Obama is proud of that photo and his time spent in Africa meeting people who struggle every day with challenges beyond what most of us could ever imagine. He feels very blessed to be an American, but he also honors the history, culture, and freedom of other countries just as much. Clinton should be ashamed if she somehow thought this photo was a smear. It’s anything but.”

So how did the Clinton campaign respond?

FROM TEAM CLINTON: “Enough. If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely.

I doubt it will have any significant impact on the race, but for the first time in a long time, Clinton outmaneuvered Obama.