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Obama and the Flag Pin

I’ve always thought the flag-pin controversy was a non-issue, and I had no problem with Barack Obama, like John McCain, not wearing one. But I would like to know why Obama has now started wearing one. He has apparently worn a flag pin in his most recent appearances in West Virginia, Missouri, and Michigan. So what gives? This is the man who said in 2007, “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, 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.”

What has changed?

P.S.  Especially since Obama apparently put the pin on after leaving the U.S. Capitol yesterday (below) and before his event in Cape Girardeau, Missouri (above).


Byron York — Byron York is is the author of The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.

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