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President Obama Confused State Flag for Union Banner-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: This is a forwarded email that
says that while speaking at a Master Lock factory in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin President Obama mistook the state flag for a union banner,
pointed to it and said, "A
Union shop since 1848."
The Truth: President Obama did make a
speech at the Master Lock plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on
February 15, 2012 but he never said this.
The transcript and video of his visit are posted on the White House
Click here for transcript and video.
At first, we believed that this was someone's attempt at political humor
but it turned out that there actually was a misidentification of the
Wisconsin state flag for a union banner by Politico contributor Donovan Slack who
covered the event in his February 15, 2012
blog. The article was corrected and this notice appeared below it:
An earlier 44 blog post about Obama’s visit to Wisconsin incorrectly
identified the Wisconsin state flag.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Obama stopped in at Master Lock in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last week, he
was walking the plant and stopped to talk with a plant employee and
looked up at the banner hanging on the wall and said to the worker and
people around him, "It is great to be in a union shop, especially one as
old as this union is " - - - - pointing to the banner. He then said, "A
Union shop since 1848" - - - and then he went on to talk on what that
banner stood for and how important it was to display it and show your
The worker then said to Obama that it was the flag of the State of
Wisconsin - - which was founded in 1848, and that the shop was
Non-Union. This was only reported by a local radio station in Milwaukee
(1130AM) and not by the major news networks.They didn't want to
embarrass this "got no friggin' clue"President!
Since they didn't do their job of
reporting on this presidential visit, the only way for the news to get
around is by us - on the Internet. The White House media said he skipped
Wisconsin & just went to Minn & Chicago.
Do your job; I just did mine, so
voters will know what really happened here and just HOW BRIGHT THIS
PRESIDENT REALLY IS !!!??? NOT!!
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