First Lady’s Negative Comment About the Flag During a 9-11 Memorial Ceremony-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This is an email with a link to a YouTube video that shows President Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama, at a 9/11 memorial ceremony at Ground Zero in New York. The video shows Michelle saying something to the President over the audio of bagpipes during a procession. The email alleges that Michelle said, “All of this for a damned flag?”
It is tricky to interpret what someone has said by lip reading and whoever started this eRumor either sincerely thought that Michelle Obama was demeaning the flag or, worse, the originator intentionally misinterpreted it to be critical of the Obamas.
We thought the best way to investigate it was to consult lip-reading experts. We contacted two veteran lip reading instructors in Southern California who viewed the video together. They agreed that what they saw was Michelle Obama asking, “I wonder if they flew that flag.”
They also agreed that she did not say “…a damned flag.”