October 21, 2007

No flag lapel pin? Big deal. No hand over heart during Pledge of Allegiance? Hmm ...

There was a big flap when Barack Obama reasoned why he doesn't wear a flag lapel pin; will there be a bigger flap now that it's been revealed Barack did not put his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance?

I commented over at First State Politics that I didn't think the lapel pin issue was a worthy issue. Many folks [rightly] pointed out that other candidates (including GOPers) haven't worn flag lapel pins; others wear them every now and then. But not putting your hand over your heart for the Pledge is another matter. While I certainly agree that anyone has a right NOT to put their hand over their heart for the Pledge, if you're running for the highest office in the land and you refuse to honor the very thing that represents that land, you're automatically disqualified for president in my book.

I wonder what Obama's explanation will be. The only one I can think of at the moment is that the Pledge had just started at the time that photo was snapped, and Barack was a tad late getting his hand up onto his chest.

Posted by Hube at October 21, 2007 08:19 AM | TrackBack

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The original poster updated his story. This was during the National Anthem, which doesn't have the same hand-on-heart rule.

Also, you have to be careful when you comment on a photo of a moment that lasts ~30 seconds (going back to assuming this is the pledge). It could have been snapped at the end of the pledge, and Obama was the first to lower his hand in order to do the pee-pee dance, apparently.

Posted by: Joe M at October 21, 2007 05:47 PM

Joe: Thanks for that pick up. However, the same post has United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171, which states:

During 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. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.

Apparently the anthem does have the same rule.

And I did note in my post that the photo could have indeed been taken right when the Pledge (anthem, apparently) began, so I am indeed cognizant of your concern.

Posted by: Hube at October 21, 2007 07:31 PM

Is this even a real picture? It looks highly photoshopped to me. The woman on the right looks like she is way too small. Same goes for Hillary.

Posted by: liberalgeek at October 22, 2007 10:32 AM

Mmmmperspective, perhaps?

Posted by: Mat Marshall at October 22, 2007 12:34 PM

"United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171, which states:

During 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. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart."

Whoops, read that as the pledge. My mistake :)

Looks like my attention was not great when reading both posts.

Posted by: Joe M at October 22, 2007 06:32 PM

I often fail to put my hand over my heart when the anthem plays... but that's because I tend to stand at attention even though it's been decades since I wore the uniform.

I never use both hands to cup my genitals while standing on stage regardles of what music is playing.

Nobody on that stage looks like they are running for national office.

Posted by: anoni at October 27, 2007 02:59 PM

Has anyone (credible that is) asked Senator Obama
about this picture?

Posted by: Betty Busch at October 30, 2007 04:25 PM

This is a REAL picture if you dont think that it is go to the snopes web site and watch the VIDEO !!!! YES I said VIDEO of it !!!!
I can not understand why anyone in the Great USA would even vote for this guy !!!!!

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/anthem.asp

Posted by: Jim at October 31, 2007 12:48 AM