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Barack Obama Explains Why He Didn't Follow Protocol During the National Anthem-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: Senator and presidential candidate Barack
Obama explains why he did not follow protocol during the playing of National Anthem at a
campaign appearance and why he doesn't wear a lapel pin of the American
The Truth: This email is a hoax.
Obama Pin eRumor:
We have noticed that the
President began sporting the traditional US Flag pin on his lapel shortly
after taking office. The photos above were taken from the White
House web site. The photo above on the left was taken from the video of
a press conference as President Barack Obama addressed the media
regarding the BP Oil Crisis. The image on the right was
taken of President Obama delivering a weekly address on January 24,
2009. Notice the US Flag pinned to his left lapel.
Obama Explains his Failure to Salute
It is true that Obama was photographed at a campaign event in Iowa failing
to hold his hand over his heart in salute of the flag during the National
Anthem. CLICK HERE for that
But this particular eRumor, which quotes him as saying that the American
flag is "...a symbol of oppression" and that the National Anthem "conveys
a war-like message" is not true.
Other versions of this eRumor have been circulating the Internet
including one popular variation about an account from a Meet The Press
program that aired on NBC on September 7, 2008. During the interview U.
S, Air Force Retired General Bill Ginn allegedly asked candidate Obama
why he did not follow proper protocol and salute the flag during the
playing the national anthem. This is also fiction.
There was a Meet The Press program that
day but Senator Joe Biden appeared as a guest not Obama. There
were prerecorded videos of Obama on the program. Also, Ginn was present
on the broadcast nor
did it any such question appear on the transcript.
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A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Hot on the heels of his explanation for why he no longer wears a flag pin,
presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama was forced to explain why he
doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.
According to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171,
rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present
except those in uniform are expected to stand at attention facing the flag
with the right hand over the heart.
"As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking
sides," Obama said. "There are a lot of people in the world to whom the
American flag is a symbol of oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a
war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all. It should
swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song
'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing.' If that were our anthem, then I
WHAAAAAAAT!!!!!!!!!! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this could possibly be our
next president. I, for once, am speechless
PLEASE READ AND FORWARD WITHOUT
CHANGING OR ADDING A SINGLE WORD
WOW!!! MUST READ OBAMA'S BELIEFS ON FLAG and,
he, like ABC news reporters does not wear American Flag lapel pins, as
the wish to appear neutral, neutral to whom, and for what?
MY God! I hope every one is listening, before it is to late.
Perhaps there are SOME out there who are beginning to get 'the picture'.
The following is a narrative taken from Sunday Morning's televised 'Meet
The Press'. and the author is employed by none other than the Washington
Post!! Yeah......the Washington Post of New York and Los Angeles Times
fame!! Must say that I'm dually impressed..................
From Sunday's Televised 'Meet the Press' Senator Obama was asked about his
stance on the American Flag. Obama Explains National Anthem Stance
Sun, 07 Sept. 2008 11:48:04 EST, General Bill Ginn' USAF (ret.) asked
Obama to explain why he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem
The General also stated to the Senator that according to the United States
Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171... During rendition of the national anthem
when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform are
expected to stand at attention
facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. At the very least,
'Stand and Face It'
Senator Obama Live on Sunday states, 'As I've said about the flag pin, I
don't want to be perceived as taking sides, Obama said. 'There are a lot
of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of
oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know,
the bombs bursting in air and all. It should be swapped for something
less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach
the World To Sing.' If that were our anthem, then I might salute it.'We
should consider to reinvent our National Anthem as well as to redesign
our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It's my intention,
if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle
East Brethren. If we as a Nation of warring people, should conduct
ourselves as the nations of Islam, whereas peace prevails. Perhaps a
state or period of mutual concord between our governments. When I become
President, I will seek a pact or agreement to end hostilities between
those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from
disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation have placed upon the
nations of Islam an unfair injustice. My wife disrespects the Flag for
many personal reasons. Together she and I have attended several flag
burning ceremonies in the past, many years ago. She has her views and I
have mine'. Of course now, I have found myself about to become the
President of the United States and I have put aside my hatred. I will
use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new
path of hope. My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country's First
Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of
WHAAAAAAAT the Hell !!!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you heard it right. This could possibly be our
I, for one, am speechless.
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