Flag with Che Guevara Displayed at Barack Obama Campaign Office-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: The eRumor says that at a
Houston volunteer office for presidential candidate Barack Obama, a flag
of Cuba with Che Guevara's face on it was displayed. Obama is
criticized for not condemning it and insisting that it be taken down.
The Truth: This controversy came to light when a Fox
affiliate in Houston covered the opening of the Houston campaign office
for Barack Obama. On one of the walls behind a campaign worker's
desk was a Cuban flag with the image of Che Guevara on it, the Marxist
Revolutionary who was a part of the revolution in Cuba that brought Fidel
Castro into power.
As of this writing there has not been any order from Obama for the flag to
be taken down. His campaign issued a statement that said, "This is a
volunteer office that is not in any way controlled by the Obama campaign.
We were disappointed to see this picture because it is both offensive to
many Cuban-Americans -- and Americans of all backgrounds -- and because it
does not reflect Senator Obamas views. Barack Obama has been very clear
in putting forward a Cuba policy that is based on one principle: freedom
for the Cuban people."
Senator Obama has not called for "no strings attached" diplomatic
relations with Cuba but during a debate in November, 2007, with other
Democratic presidential candidates he did say that he would be willing to
meet with leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea.
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Improbable as it sounds, it's true. Barack Obama, displaying the same
"anything goes" standard of patriotism he showed when he ostentatiously
refused to wear a U.S. flag in his lapel, now shows he's got a whole
different idea about patriotism.
One of Obama's volunteer offices in Houston was caught operating under a
huge flag of communist Cuba with Che Guevara's face printed on it,
according to images shown on Fox
News. Flak from bloggers ensued followed, of course, by spin control.
But rather than repudiate the image, Obama would only call it
"inappropriate," apparently without insisting it be taken down. That
contrasts with his dismissal of his Senate colleagues who wear lapel flags
as "hypocrites." Some hypocrites.
The display of the Castroite flag with Che's picture on it sends a
particularly disturbing message about his campaign. Apparently, Obama
tends to attract the kind of people who think of mass murderers like Che
and Fidel as romantic revolutionaries. Those same people see Obama as a
man with a messianic message. These are the voters he'll be indebted to
should he win higher office.
Worse yet, it signals that a U.S. commander in chief tolerates supporters
with loyalties to nations other than the U.S., including those loyal to
enemy states that spy on and seek to harm the U.S.
It coincides uncomfortably with Obama's call for no-strings-attached
diplomatic relations with communist Cuba. He's even offered to meet with
the dictators of Cuba, sanctimoniously implying that other administrations
had no good reason for not doing so.
Obama's naive idealism is based on a false understanding of history. Cuba
is a nation that aimed Soviet missiles at us in 1962 and is likely to do
the same if and when Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez gets advanced weapons
from Russia or Iran. That's not all:
Also in 1962, Cuba attempted to launch the first 9/11-style attack on
New York's subways and department stores with the mastermind behind that
none other than Che Guevara himself.
In 1982 it tried to get the USSR to launch nukes at the U.S.
In 1996, Cuba shot down two U.S. planes, killing six Americans whose
only "crime" was trying to rescue Cuban refugees at sea. Had a political
candidate in Latin America pasted up a picture of Che at election time,
there'd be no doubt where he stood ones who did just that are now
running countries with names like Bolivia and Venezuela. Is that what
Obama really stands for?