NRIs Back Barack Obama, Thanks To Hanuman

Barack Obama

Barack Obama


NRIs Back Barack Obama, Thanks To Hanuman
30 Jun 2008, 0024 hrs IST,PTI

WASHINGTON: The support of the Indian Americans to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is steadily rising , thanks to his lucky charm Lord Hanuman, suggests a leading American daily.

Obama\'s Hanuman

Obama's Hanuman


The backing for Obama has shot up among Indian Americans, who were earlier backing Hillary Clinton, since a photo published earlier this month revealed that the 46-year-old Illinois senator carries a tiny brass idol of Hanuman among his handful of good-luck charms.

“When it comes to American politicians, Bill Clinton has been the darling of India,” said an article in the Washington Post.

“That love extended to Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries — especially with respect to fundraising among Indian Americans, who grew to become a significant base of support for her White House bid,” the article titled ‘Indian Americans Take note of Obama, thanks to Hanuman’ said.

But now people are supporting Obama, it said. “It’s a big deal,” said Bhavna Pandit, 28, a political fundraising consultant based in Washington who thinks the revelations about Obama’s lucky charm will lead to new interest in him among Indian American donors.

Pandit said news of the Obama trinket has swept across Indian American living rooms and through Indian newspapers and TV networks.

Pandit said the people she knows as “aunties and uncles” – women and men from her parents’ generation – are suddenly taking note of Obama. “They think it’s kind of neat. They rarely see our religion played out in the mainstream media in America,” she said. “In India, they’re like, ‘Wow! The person who can be the president has a connection to us that’s very personal.'”

Obama, who recently defeated Hillary Clinton, is running ahead of his rival John McCain. A recent photo shows that Obama 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.

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