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WASHINGTON--Hat tip to ABC news Obama beat reporters David Wright and Sunlen Miller for getting up the story and video of what will be a developing storyline---the decision--it was deliberate-- of White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) not to wear a flag lapel pin.

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The Obama campaign is keeping watch on how this story is swelling and just e-mailed over a transcript of Obama's entire remarks.....

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transcript from the Obama campaign...

QUESTION "One last quick question, and this is just kind of a lighter note, you don't have an American flag pin on, is this a fashion statement? Those have been on politicians since September 12, 2001?"

BO ANSWER "You know, the truth is that right after 9/11 I had a pin.

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 I'm gonna' try to tell the American people what I believe what will make this country great and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism."

ABC story excerpt....


Share 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.

Obama Refuses to Wear U.S. Flag"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. "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. .........................


Ms Sweet, does this now means Mr. Obama is less American because he does not wear the flag pin? I ask because of all these so-called flag-waving numb-skulls who have hatred for other Americans, who simply do not share the same religion, ethnic background, political affiliations, yet think their sociological ideologies of how to create a better America is working.

It's a pin, he doesn't wear one as Hillary Clinton do not. I don't view her less patriotic about a flag pin same as I do not view Obama displaying less patriotism. I think this is what has us bogged down in a ill-advised war in Iraq.

Hear any REAL news on the cave man who seems to thwart our STAR TREK like military gadgetry lately? Google Earth can pinpoint a location better than our military can if you haven't noticed!

I found it much more newsworthy that Sen. Obama derailed the shoe-in appointment to the FEC, the Federal Elections Commission, of Von Spakovsky, the most anti-civil rights, anti-voting rights, former water-carrier for Alberto Gonzalez's disgrace Dept. of "Justice". Yet another reason to vote for Obama for President, the only Democrat with a spine who will defend our civil and voting rights and Constitution. Why should I care if he doesn't wear a pin made by slave labor in China? Real news on a real President here:

If anyone thinks this guy is fit to be President then you ought to bottle what you're drinking or smoking. Ok..the pin is a symbol, but plenty of Americans have died fighting battles for that flag and more importantly what it represents. Also Obama wants to eliminate nukes, yea well great, I want to eliminate hate in the world. Admirable but totally unrealistic. Let's just shake hands with the extremist in this world and say we forgive them and we are sorry for all that the evil US has done to them and by the way, were going to get rid of our nukes as a sign of faith. Right...I don't care if this guy is green, yellow, blue or black, he clearly does not have what it takes to be a president. Yea he makes a good speech, so what..? We need a president who can grasp the nuances of the dangerous world we live in. His continued stupid and in some cases dangerous remarks, in a futile attempt to gain ground on the 'queen of mean' speaks volumes about his lack of in depth thinking.

This is absurd. It's a pin, a piece of jewelery, and whether he or anyone else wears it is entirely irrelevant in determining suitability for the presidency. Asking about it is trivial and making front page news out of the issue is a distraction from his actual qualifications, good or bad.
I am not a particular Obama fanatic, but now every other candidate and government official in the race it criticizing his feelings on the issue....IT'S A PIN. It's like a high school gossip mill.
If a stupid pin decides this presidential race, I give up.

All I can say is Thank God someone has finally spoken sense about this stupid, trivial topic. "Why doesn't Obama wear a flag pin?" What, has everyone forgotten in what country we live? We need the little colored tin tag on our chests to remind us?
I've got an idea. Maybe we should start MEASURING everybody's flag pins, and whoever has the BIGGEST pin is the most patriotic.
Seems fair to me.

Mr Obamas flag is that of Islam--not America--current political spin to the contrary.

The pin is a sign of support for the country. Once again, this light-weight has no business running for anything, let alone President, of this country that he cannot even support with this small gesture. His comment that he's patriotic in his heart is like Bill Clinton saying he didn't inhale. He's finished.

As a presidential candidate, with the name he is carrying he should have the American Flag draped over his shoulder. I served in combat for that flag and my buddies, which I believe is the true essence of patriotism.

I actually think this touches on a significant issue and is not trivial at all. The problem is not that Obama does not wear a pin (after all, very few people wear one). The problem is Obama's clear implication that Americans who wear a pin -- and by extension, display the flag at their homes, etc. -- are hypocritical or guilty of false patriotism.

For many Americans, the flag stirs a number of positive emotions: a sense of thankfulness for the freedoms we have and for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we and others can enjoy those freedoms; and a sense of pride -- not arrogant pride, but a sense of connection and identity with one's country. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, for many the flag brings to mind our participation in the liberation of Paris in World War II, the liberation of Dachau, the virtual eradication of polio, the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education (which came far too late, to be sure) that "separate but equal" is inherently unequal. We obviously have problems and gross inequities in society; no one in their right mind would argue with that. But for many the flag is a symbol of what is good about this country and a forceful reminder and inspiration to fix the things that need fixing. Other people instinctively view the flag as a symbol of unsophisticated jingoism. In my experience you either get it or you don't. Either the flag has a special, positive emotional significance for you or it doesn't. I'm afraid Obama's comments -- which suggest that persons who display the flag are less than genuine -- show he is in the latter category. Either that or he thinks he is demonstrating some sort of sophistication by denigrating an act many would say reflects "traditional" values -- a common attitude on the left, unfortunately.

"A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly against the city, but the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through the alley and heard in the very halls of government itself. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist."

"Whatever evolves was first, created" - Jason Leverette, Patriot

Obama's juvenile mentality in making an issue of a pin confirms my intitial impression of a petty immaturity unbefitting and dangerous in a United States President.

Obama said that he stoped wearing his flag pin shortly after 9-11. Can someone tell me what year did he stoped wearing the pin. If it was before he declared than why is this even an issue. We have a President who is secertly wire tapping American,sing of on torture of detaines, while the time he goes before the the american ppl and lie about it. Obama is a true patriot Bush is a phony patriot.

I really want to like this guy. Unfortunately, his devotion to far-left ideals and a naivete in foreign policy make it hard to take him seriously.

Some people in this country love this kind stuff that has know value at all to the running of this country. It like all these white(R) who have call into talk shows an wrote to newspapers praising the writting of justice Thomas in his new book. The thing they focus in on is his statement on affirmative action because judge thomas thinks it's bad for blacks and it was'nt a hand up but a step down in his opinion, but if you were to ask the thousands of other black men or women what they think. They would tell you how it change there lives and there family lives for the better an now there families are on the road to a more stable future just like white people. This article reminds me of the same old racist thinking in America that you have to be a certain color or race to excepted, next it will be, what brand clothing you wear, what resturant you're seen eating at, and what religion is part of your life. This is what President Obama is talking about; we have to change the way we do everything in America, because we are promoting division in America instead unity for all. The flag pin is just another way of dividing us into group (lefty,righty,etc.) is this what we want in America. The land of the free; what happen to that term!

If you really think that Barack Obama shouldn't be President because he doesn't wear a pin; that somehow he is unamerican because he would rather show true patriotism by exercising his rights and sharing ideas and speaking against a war when it was not politically popular to oppose it; ideas and judgment we now know were right all along, then please don't vote. Seriously. Stay home. You are the same people that got us into this foreign policy conundrum. Stay home. I'm not sure who I'm going to vote for yet but I think I would vote against whoever you vote for.

Obama's juvenile mentality in making an issue of a pin confirms my intitial impression of a petty immaturity unbefitting and dangerous in a United States President.

Posted by: byablue | October 5, 2007 03:14 PM

I BET you just love GEORGE don't you? Why don't the two of you go fight in the war and then let us see how your small mentality will make you cry Mommy after one month at war!

Some of you people critiquing Obama do not dislike him, YOU SIMPLY THINK THIS IS A VIDEO GAME and like to play war, as long as you and your love ones don't have to go!!

For every one of you who don't want the war to STOP, GO SIGN UP AND FIGHT IN IT! Then come back and give an opinion!

Oncea again the spineless Democrats want to cave into the far right by dutifully bowing down to their jingoistic demands.

All those who say Osama is a traitor and supports terrorists:

You'd better be in Iraq right now getting a few limbs blown off or volunteering for Bush's two new wars coming up soon, using the same lies he used for this hellhole in Iraq

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