Obama is a Little Late

by Sean Hackbarth

Sen. Barack Obama finally explained the picture where it appears he’s not being respectful during the singing of the national anthem. It took an Iowa voter to get him to respond:

At a town hall meeting Wednesday an Iowa voter asked Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill., about the numerous emails she has received with photos purporting to show Obama “refusing” to pledge allegiance to the flag.

“You’re standing with your arms folded and Hillary’s got her hand on her heart,” she said, adding that she received so many of these emails she is sick of them.

Obama shook his head and smiled.

“This was not during the pledge of allegiance,” Obama said of the picture taken at Senator Tom Harkin’s, D-Iowa, annual steak fry and first published by Time. “A woman was singing the Star Spangled Banner when that picture was taken.

See the original photo by clicking here.

“I was taught by my grandfather that you put your hand over your heart during the pledge, but during the Star Spangled Banner, you sing!” Obama said.

That only took one week, and was one week for the image without context to get passed around. ABC News has video. You figure Obama’s campaign knew video was available, yet they didn’t pass that around to counter the story being made about the picture. That’s not smart to do in the internet/weblog age.

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Disclaimer: I work for Friends of Fred Thompson, Inc.

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U.S. Code Title 36 Chapter 3 – National Anthem, Motto, Floral Emblem, and March

par. 301. National anthem; Star-Spangled Banner

a. The composition consisting of the words and music known as The Star-Spangled Banner is designated the national anthem of the United States of America.

b. Conduct during playing — During rendition of the national anthem—
1. when the flag is displayed —
A. all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart;
B. men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
C. individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; and
2. when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.


Oh, the scandal.

The scandal!

*rolls eyes*


Pete, I have American flag boxers. That probably violates the flag code.

The scandal is why Obama’s campaign took so long to counter the picture. Especially when there was video of what happened.


They probably made the mistake of using common sense and realizing that no one should really give a rat’s ass about it. Silly them!


Of course, in a week where Mitt Romney can’t remember the name of the second-most popular Democratic candidate for president, and the Commander-in-Chief President Bush tells someone that “you can’t be both president and commander of the military at the same time”, this non-story is what gets the play.


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