Sunday, November 04, 2007

Nobody's Really That Blind, Are They?

I have considered trying to be less political in my blogging, but sometimes I just can't stand it. I've sure you've heard the story about Barack Obama not putting his hand over his heart during the National Anthem while at some sort of Democrat event in Iowa.

Of course this reminded me of his comment that he would not wear an American flag pin: "I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism." If you give him the benefit of the doubt (and do not assume this is an attempt to be less pro-American), then you just gotta wonder what kind of weirdness is this? How the heck does NOT wearing an American flag pin somehow give you a better chance to tell people what you think will make this country great? Wearing the pin may be cliche and devoid of much true meaning to the candidates, but it still feels less than patriotic to me.

And then there is the whole not putting the hand over the heart during the National Anthem. His spokesperson says this has nothing to do with being unpatriotic. Sometimes he does put his hand over his heart and sometimes he does not. And this guy want to be Commander and Chief? And we're not supposed to make anything of this? Even if it is a mere lack of flag etiquette, is that acceptable?

I could almost choke all that down (not really, but like I said, I'm trying to be less political in my blogging), but then the media's lack of attention on this is KILLING ME! It's not that you can't find it, but they sure aren't making a big deal about it.

And then this is what pushed me over the top...I had heard about the story but wanted to check it out for myself because I had not read or seen anything first-hand. I found the story in a number of places, but when I read it here, I found out that Obama's spokesman defended him by saying other pictures/video were posted of him putting his hand over his heart during the singing of the National Anthem ("sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't"). And who else would post these pictures for us but MEDIAMATTERS.ORG! Stinkin' "unbiased" media not only makes no issue of this, but they rush to defend him. I can't handle it!! Nobody's really that blind, are they?

ADDITIONAL NOTE: You gotta go here to hear the video. You get the idea on the no-hand-over-the-heart from the picture, but once you hear the lady singing the National Anthem, you'll wonder how anybody kept their hands off their ears!

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