Obama appeared on stage along with two other Democrat presidential candidates — Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Hillary Clinton — and Ruth Harkin, wife of Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, while the national anthem played at Harkin’s Iowa Steak Fry. Shamefully, the junior senator from Illinois was the only one who opts not to respected the flag as required by United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10 – Patriotic Customs:
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.
Any patriotic American who wants to be my president had better show proper respect for the Stars and Stripes. You hear that, Osama? Obama?
[Editor's Note: I can only assume that there was another U.S. flag at the Steak Fry, explaining why the folks on stage were facing away from the huge version of Old Glory behind them. Let's hope so anyway.]
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UPDATE: See Obama Paints Over U.S. Flag on Campaign Jet!