Obama is now a Patriot

Barack Obama has been sighted wearing a U.S. flag lapel pin, according to the LA Times’ Top of the Ticket blog

You may recall Obama removed the lapel flag pin last fall as something of a gesture of independence if you’re an Obama fan — or an act of defiant antiwar non-patriotism if you’re not.

At the time Obama simply removed the pin, which most politicians had worn on their suit coats since 9/12 as a sign of patriotism, solidarity with 9/11 victims and their families and national support for American troops.

However, when a sharp-eyed local ABC-TV reporter in Iowa asked him, half-jokingly, about it in October, Obama went on seriously at some length:

“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,” Obama added rather grandiosely, “I’m going to try to tell….the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism.”

 Everything’s changed, now that he has a “patriotism problem.” So the flag is back. And now there’s even a touching, albeit shaky, story to explain Obama’s grand old switch.

According to a touching-possibly-true-but-then-again-you-never-know-in-big-time-politics report circulating on several blogs during the night, the pin was reportedly given to Obama Tuesday morning by a disabled veteran whose name nobody seems to know right now.

 OK, I’ve had enough. I’m tuning it over to Lee Greenwood.

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6 responses to “Obama is now a Patriot

  1. Harrod

    You know your formating of this post is suspiciously similar to that of State 29… Do you have something to tell us?

  2. tdorman

    Sorry, no. Not me.

    When you figure it out, though, let me know.

  3. Good. I’m glad that the non-lapel pin non-issue has become the pro-lapel pin non-issues.

    Politicians are often decried for failing to take a stand. Obama’s just a touch quick to take one!

    “Senator Obama, what do you think of the weather?”

    “I’m against it, as it provides an environment that, when rainy, divides people and, when sunny causes wistful childhood memories in the minds of the underemployed.”

    Actually, though, I think he’s pulled a lot of that back lately. The worst of the silliness was the lapel pin, but he was still working the press to distinguish himself from the field at that point, so in that regard, it might have achieved its purpose.

    I am glad that they found that nice generous nameless disabled veteran to restore order though. What would he have done without that gift? Why, he might have had to buy his own lapel pin at the gas station or something!

  4. That is funny because when we were little my grandpa used to take us down behind the old lodge in the woods and give us lapel pins. I have been a lapel pin owner all my life.

  5. Steve

    In the scheme of things, to even notice if a lapel pin is or isn’t on a coat seems just a bit of a waste. To make a big deal of it from either side only takes it down the road a bit further towards”whats the point, really?” Frankly, if sound bites and TV/radio coverage went away tommorrow with everyone having to rely strictly on coverage you had to read, 90 per cent of all this would go away. Most people who get all up in arms about such crap are the same ones who wouldn’t take the time to turn a page let alone read one. They would be absolutely clueless and therefore not have anything to say in the first place about such patriotic/unpatriotic drivil since papers don’t usually waste the ink they print, and even if they had it wouldn’t have had much affect.

  6. Brent Oleson

    The politics of “change” is alive and well.

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