Drudge's piece is ambiguous who distributed the picture? who did it go to? but the Clinton campaign, given a chance to deny the charge, rather loudly declined to do so. So apparently they not only sent the picture around, but then issued a statement slamming Obama for complaining about it. Points for chutzpah, I guess, but not much else.
Peter Wehner probably has the right take:
[This] is pretty nasty stuff, with its "he's a Muslim and it should bother you" undertone....Twenty-four hours from now I suspect we'll see virtually the entire Democratic establishment, and many others, condemning this tactic. It'll advance the storyline that the Clinton campaign is spinning out of control lurching from melancholy valedictory comments one day to faux outrage the next and in its dying days.I still want to know a few more details: namely who sent out the photo (low level staffer? senior press person?) and who received it (a couple of close friends? a large private email list?). But either way, this was spectacularly ill conceived.
During tomorrow evening's debate, Hillary Clinton will be on the defensive and very much regret this stupid and ugly effort.
Other than that, it was a swell idea.