WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he doesn’t wear an American flag lapel pin because it has become a substitute for “true patriotism” since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Asked about it Wednesday in an interview with KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Illinois senator said he stopped wearing the pin shortly after the attacks and instead hoped to show his patriotism by explaining his ideas to citizens.
“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,” he said in the interview. “Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism.”
On Thursday, his campaign issued a statement: “We all revere the flag, but Senator Obama believes that being a patriot is about more than a symbol. It’s about fighting for our veterans when they get home and speaking honestly with the American people about this disastrous war.”
Substitute for true patriotism? So true patriotism is not wearing the flag according to Obama.
Perhaps wearing the American flag lapel pin is just too patriotic for Obama. Is it that by wearing the pin, he’s leading people to believe he’s more patriotic then he really is?
All I have to say is, what kind of person makes this kind of statement? This unqualified man is running to be president of the United States of America yet he says he thinks wearing the flag of the United States of America is an inappropriate way to show your patriotism?
Does he realize that people have given their lives, and continue to give their lives, defending the flag? Does he find the flag makes him seem too American?
I’ll wear it for him.
Did Obama think this would bring him anything but negative press?