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Old Glory in Berlin

The television feed of Obama’s internationalist speech in Berlin frequently cut to Germans waving American flags.  Perhaps it’s just the cynic in me, but I noticed that they all appeared to be the exact same size and make.  It was almost as if some outside entity (a presidential campaign, perhaps?) handed them out in order to deliver the best possible visual images during the speech.  Video of anti-American Europeans once again embracing the stars and stripes in an organic display of hope and unity would certainly be powerful stuff.  The question is whether the Obama campaign manufactured this image for political gain.  If they did, the press bought it hook, line and sinker.


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