DETROIT (AP) — Barack Obama personally apologized Thursday to two Detroit-area women who were barred from sitting behind him during a campaign rally because they wore Islamic headscarves.
Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the Democratic presidential hopeful spoke by phone with Shimaa Abdelfadeel and apologized to her. Walid also says Obama left a voicemail for the other woman, Hebba Aref.
Obama released a statement Thursday evening, confirming that he "reached out" to the two women. (MORE)