November 7, 2007
• Obama disgrace
I am amazed at how far and how fast this country has slid in my short life. How a senator can be so disrespectful of the American flag that represents so much blood and sacrifice, is simply beyond me. Once again, it is up to the blogosphere to carry this message. Wha a national disgrace.
Barack Obama, Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Hillary Clinton and Ruth Harkin stand during the national anthem. Pathetically, Obama decided it will be politically incorrect for him to place his hand over his heart. Absolutely disgraceful.
During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. — United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171
BTW, don’t look for a US Flag pin on Obama’s lapel, he doesn’t wear one.
Or, see the video here:
By DAVID WRIGHT and SUNLEN MILLER
Oct. 4, 2007
An eagle-eyed reporter for the ABC affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, noticed something missing from Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama’s, D-Ill., lapels.
“You don’t have the American flag pin on. Is that a fashion statement?” the reporter asked, at the end of a brief interview with Obama on Wednesday. “Those have been on politicians since Sept. 12, 2001.”
The standard political reply to that question might well have been, “My patriotism speaks for itself.”
But Obama didn’t say that.
Instead the Illinois senator answered the question at length, explaining that he no longer wears such a pin, at least in part, because of the Iraq War.
“You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a pin,” Obama said. “Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq War, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest.
“Instead,” he said, “I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism.”
In Iowa, some Obama supporters applauded the candidate’s fashion statement. Said Carrie Haurum of Waterloo: “He doesn’t need to wear that flag on his lapel. He wears it in his heart.”
But talk radio and cable news quickly pounced on the issue.
“It just shows you he’s not ready for the big time,” conservative Laura Ingrams opined on Fox News.
Said Sean Hannity: “Why do we wear pins? Because our country is under attack!”
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The Obama campaign declined to expand on the senator’s statement. Spokesman Bill Burton said, “His comments speak for themselves.”
But, Obama responded to the mini controversy.
“I’m less concerned with what you’re wearing on your lapel than what’s in your heart,” Obama said Thursday while campaigning in Independence, Iowa.
“You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those who serve. And you show your patriotism by being true to your values and ideals. And that’s what we have to lead with, our values and ideals,” Obama said.
Of course, if he had said that in the first place, he might have avoided any controversy.