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....
By DAVID WRIGHT and SUNLEN MILLER
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. .........................