Controversial Clinton Guest: ‘Osama for Obama’

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 4, 2008 10:42pm

ABC News’ Kate Snow and Eloise Harper report: A controversial party guest was spotted at Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s election night party in Columbus, Ohio Tuesday.

He was hard to miss.  He was the one wearing the "Osama for Obama" t-shirt.

Columbus resident Todd Elbaum told ABC News his friend makes the t-shirts.

Elbaum did not hold back on his views of Obama when he was interviewed by ABC within full view of a Clinton staffer. 

"The truth is he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim, his mother married a Muslim after divorcing his father.  His grandfather was a Muslim.  It doesn’t matter.  But what does matter is when Obama said he was never a Muslim.  He was a Muslim.  He was born a Muslim.  He was a Muslim for six years of his life," Elbaum said. 

Watch the VIDEO HERE.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has repeatedly said that he has never been a Muslim and is a practicing Christian.

"I’ve been to the same church the same Christian church for almost 20 years," Obama has said. "I was sworn in with my hand on the family Bible. Whenever I’m in the United States Senate, I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America."

On CBS’ "60 Minutes" Sunday night, Clinton, D-N.Y., was asked about rumors that Obama is a Muslim and said she did not believe the rumors. 

"No! No! Why would I? There’s nothing to base that on. As far as I know," she said.  Some have suggested that the use of the phrase "as far as I know" suggested she had doubts.

But yesterday Clinton was more emphatic in saying she did not believe the rumors. She said she, too, has dealt with vicious rumors and expressed empathy toward her rival.

"It’s disturbing to turn around and see this all the time… I hope people get beyond it," she said.

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