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23 October 2010
Obama and the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar...
The White House has cancelled a visit by the President to the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar during Obama's visit to India. The fear is that all visitors must wear a head covering and the likelihood that a photo of Obama wearing the head covering would spread virally throughout the internet. The expectation is that the photo would be picked up by those wanting to re-ignite the debate on whether Obama is actually a US citizen and qualified to be president. The White House is also concerned that any photo that became available would re-ignite the debate about whether or not the president is a Muslim or a Christian.
Obama vs. McCain in 2008 produced this billboard, perhaps this billboard is what triggered that fear.