Saturday, February 23, 2008

Anonymous Unpatriotic Obama Groundless

Wonder whether Hillary Clinton's campaign is responsible for the mass emails, seemingly coming from conservatives which features a photograph of Barack Obama and other candidates back in Iowa.

Guess somebody has to find a photo of Hillary Clinton and John McCain (together) at a ball game talking instead of facing the flag with hands over heart when the National Anthem is sung.

Of course it's being misrepresented Obama didn't place his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance, that simply is untrue.

Many would view not doing so a sign much like wearing a flag lapel pin upside down, or not at all. A protest of something America is doing, or not doing.

Conservatives really don't need something like this to complain about either of the Democratic candidates... so it must be Hillary Clinton's campaign doing.

Net the Truth Online

Obama May Face Grilling on Patriotism
Feb 23, 12:00 PM (ET)

Last summer, Obama was photographed by Time magazine at an event in Iowa standing with his hands folded during the national anthem. His primary rivals Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson appear beside him, with their hands on their hearts.

It has been repeatedly reported that the moment came during the Pledge of Allegiance, but that's not the case.

Obama Nabbed by the Patriot Police
Washington Post blog Michael Dobbs

Contrary to the e-mails attacking Obama for disrespecting the flag, the candidates were not reciting the pledge of allegiance. They were standing for the national anthem.

Myth Blaster - Obama Refusal to Respect the Flag/Patriotic Protocol
November 10, 2007 by Keith
There is an email circulating around concerning a photo of Obama on an outdoor stage showing his hands folded in front of him, while other Democratic Party members have their hands over their hearts during the playing of the National Anthem. The picture is depicted below:

Some email, like that which Joan B., Illinois, Friend of LPJ, submitted that states is was taken during the “Pledge of Allegiance” – that email is not correct.

U.S. Flag Code states that:
“During a 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.”
Given how finely-attuned candidates for high office usually are to the importance of symbolism, Illinois senator (and Democratic presidential hopeful) Barack Obama caused something of a stir in September 2007 when he was seemingly spotted (as in the image shown above) not observing the hand-over-heart form during a playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at an Indianola, Iowa, steak fry attended by the six top Democratic presidential candidates.
The photograph itself is real, one of several images of the Iowa steak fry event published by Time, and shows Barack Obama standing with his hands clasped just below his waist, while New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, New York Senator Hillary Clinton, and Ruth Harkin (wife of Iowa Senator Tom Harkin) stand with their hands held over their hearts. … The Flag Code advises that they should be “standing at attention facing the flag,” but none of them is facing the flag displayed behind the platform on which they’re standing. Presumably there’s another flag off to the right of the platform, since most of them are facing that direction...

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