The Pledge of Allegiance and Barack Obama

Obama and the pledge; from Time

I figured that I would leave the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama tiff for a little while. I received a comment on my blog in which the reader asked how Oprah could endorse Barack Obama when he wouldn’t even put his hand over his heart when saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

This stems from an e-mail that has been circulating for several months. The e-mail goes something like this: “He refused to not only put his hand on his heart during the pledge of allegiance, but refused to say the pledge” a chain email with the picture of Obama said, “how in the hell can a man like this expect to be our next Commander-in-Chief?”

First of all, how stupid would Barack Obama have to be to openly do something that would alienate so many voters? I mean it’s just not plausible. This is clearly some neoconservative garbage that is drummed up to give a certain type of voter a question about Barack Obama’s patriotism. These are same neoconservatives that spread the rumor that he spent several years in a madrasah. This also is not true. These are the same groups of people that stresshis middle name is Hussein. Some of the far right-wing radio show hosts have even called him “Barack Saddam Hussein Obama.” Clearly not his name.

This picture was taken at Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry. The participants were not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance but instead they were standing for the national anthem.This is not the first time nor will it be the last time that the patriotism police will attract Barack Obama or any other Democratic candidate. Remember the big brouhaha over the fact that Barack Obama did not wear a USA flag lapel pin?

Barack Obama like all of the candidates running for president is a true patriot. He has put himself on the line because he believes that he has a vision for the future of America. He’s exposed both himself and his family to this type of retarded criticism.

Finally, I would guess that Oprah Winfrey would not be stupid enough to endorse a candidate that wasn’t a patriot. Oprah tends to have her ducks in a row when she does something.

Update:

§171. Conduct during playing

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. Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and retain this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed, those present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed there.

There is more information that you ever wanted to know about the flag – here.