Right Wing Flips Out Over Laura Bush Wearing a Headscarf

This post, written by Satyam Khanna, originally appeared on Think Progress

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wore a headscarf while visiting the Umayyad mosque in Damascus in April, the right wing pounced on her, attacking her as "subservient" and calling the act "disgust[ing]." Ironically, the right wing failed to note that First Lady Laura Bush had also worn a headscarf while previously visiting the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

During a tour of the Middle East this week, Laura Bush again donned a traditional hijab given to her as a gift by a Saudi Arabian doctor. Subsequently, several progressive bloggers questioned whether similar "opprobium" would follow from the right wing this time. Now we have our answer.

The conservative blogosphere has released its seething intolerance, collectively rising up to denounce Laura Bush as "Ms. Pander Clause" for wearing the head cover:
"I find the image from Saudi Arabia so disturbing. ... That she would oblige her hosts by wearing a shmata on her head is a tacit endorsement of Islam's subjugation of women." -- Weekly Standard
"Bad craziness in Saudi Arabia ... [W]e get this, from one of the most misogynistic societies on the planet: a photo of Laura Bush wearing an abaya and a veil. -- Little Green Footballs
"This is Sheikha Laura, yesterday, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ... Laura Bush [is] butt-kissing Saudi King Abdullah." -- Debbie Schlussel
Showing tolerance and respect for other cultures is interpreted as "butt-kissing" by far right conservatives.

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