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Urban Legends: Barack Obama Refuses to Salute Flag, Anthem?

By October 30, 2007

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A couple dozen folks have forwarded me an image showing Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama neglecting to place his hand over his heart during the national anthem at Senator Tom Harkin's Steak Fry event on September 16, 2007 in Indianola, Iowa.

The accompanying email text reads:

Barack Hussein Obama's photo (that's his real name)... the article said he REFUSED TO NOT ONLY PUT HIS HAND ON HIS HEART DURING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, BUT REFUSED TO SAY THE PLEDGE... how in the hell can a man like this expect to be our next Commander-in-Chief????

The photo, taken by Danny Frazier Wilcox for Time magazine, is authentic. An ABC News video confirms that the picture was snapped during a rendition of the national anthem (not the Pledge of Allegiance).

The claim that Obama "refused" to salute the flag or say the Pledge at the event is unsubstantiated, however. There's no record of the Senator "refusing" to salute on any other occasion, and there are photographs and videos showing Obama saluting and reciting the Pledge at various other events.

The partisan implication, obviously, is that failing to display the proper hand-over-heart etiquette proves Obama is unpatriotic and therefore unfit to hold the office of President. Some talking heads have even speculated that it was a gesture of "dissent" on the candidate's part, to which an Obama spokesperson replied on Inside Edition, "Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't [put his hand on his heart]. In no way was he making any sort of statement, and any suggestion to the contrary is ridiculous."

Not that it will make a difference to everyone, but Obama's campaign was quick to supply photos of Obama properly saluting the flag on other occasions which can be viewed at MediaMatters.org.

Poll: Has your opinion of Obama been affected at all by Internet rumors?
1) Yes, a lot. 2) Yes, a little. 3) No, not at all.

Comments

October 30, 2007 at 5:54 pm
(1) Q.J. Quillose says:

Whether Obama does sometimes repect our country and traditions by placing his hand over his heart shows he is not repectful of the country he wants to lead as the president. Never should he hold the highest office of the USA. He should never been elected as senator, either.

May 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm
(2) hannah says:

you better be happy as hell that bush is no longer president. obama is hundreds of times better than him.

June 10, 2011 at 8:14 am
(3) marijean says:

You are hooked on that kool-aid, aren’t ya?
Think for yourself, how in the hell do you spend your way out of debt? Bush needed to learn how to write VETO on the Senate and House Bills that came across his desk, the USA only got into real trouble when the Dem controlled congress started spending like crazy, please don’t take my word for it, look it up, and see just HOW MUCH NANCY P SPENT WHILE SHE WAS IN CHARGE! I would bet money you are in favor of abortion (killing babies) and against the death penalty. You see what I mean? Blind allegiance! THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU BELIEVE!

July 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm
(4) Ken says:

Obama is an impostor to appease the Saudis who control our country. Is everyone sleeping? Islam is a death cult. Here’s a kicker for liberals. If liberals keep getting their way, they’ll be the first to die with decapitations as everything they do is against islam. Another kicker, democrats created the KKK. Conservatives and blacks flew the confederate flag fighting the rich democrat slave owners. Look that one up. Obama is a deceiver and cares only to crush the United States. Nothing more. Every single person that is tied to him is a killer. Hillary Clinton, Waco Texas, ordered the death of hundreds of children because David Koresh figured out the tax system. That’s the only reason. Never believe the news. Believe the truth.

October 6, 2011 at 10:35 am
(5) Karnak says:

It’s May 2011, the economy is still struggling. Obama has been in campaign mode for the past 2 years. The country is more divided than ever and you are still focused on a former President? Amazing.

October 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm
(6) Tellthewholetruth says:

Bush made his mistakes but cannot in anyway be compared to the deliberate actions of obama to destroy our country for his own narcissistic racist desires.

November 18, 2011 at 7:41 pm
(7) bob's your uncle says:

Hannah you’re comment is just idiotic. God help you. Oh, that’s right, you’re probably one of the Obama supporters who don’t believe in God.
God help us should he get re-elected….

November 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm
(8) Steve says:

Hannah.I guess you are content with the change that barrack promised. You must be an Ostrich with head in sand if you think he should be reelected.

October 30, 2007 at 8:16 pm
(9) drhiii says:

What video? Where can one find this video? Stuff like this gets passed around and it could be used to state a lot of things. I could say Gov. Richardson is pandering to the camera by facing it instead of the flag and that is more real than saying Obama did not saing. If you will note, each person’s mouth is closed. Ah, technology, where one person can tell a lie, and the next 100 can repeat as a truth.

October 30, 2007 at 10:05 pm
(10) M. J. Bee says:

Barack Hussein Obama -

His failure to place his hand over his heart speaks volumes about his idelogy as well as his character. “Sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn’t”… Isn’t that special?!

Barack Hussein Obama isn’t fit to hold public office in this country. His failure to pay tribute to our flag (not to mention his brazen attitude) about it is demeaning and degrading to America. This goes hand in hand with his decision not to wear an American Flag lapel pin. He’s FINISHED.

Do I question his patriotism? ABSOLUTELY… and so should you.

March 8, 2011 at 10:51 am
(11) Samantha Marie says:

I believe it is ok for him to do what he is doing. I myself do not stand for the pledge. Does that mean I do not respect the people fighting for my country? No it does not, I absolutely have all respect for them but i do not respect all of the pledge. I only say I pledge alligence to flag of the united states just for the soldiers but the rest to me is a load of crap. By sayin liberty and justice for all when under no circumstance is it in the slightest bit true is upsurde to me. So why should Obama be wrong for it.

May 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm
(12) hannah says:

you are absolutely right i dont stand either. although i understand what ppl mean by not standing is against the US and long time tradition and all but not everyone agrees on the same things. he is still doing his best and so what if he makes some mistakes, hes human and its a very very difficult job to take on.

August 27, 2011 at 5:56 am
(13) Mike says:

It saddens me that you have a lack of respect for your country by showing no outward signs.{Not standing, no hand over heart.} I know that I’m not going to change your mind in these few words, but the next time you are around any Veterans and the American flag goes by watch and see what they{the men and women who did put their life on the line} do. You say you support them. Go up to one and ask them why they stand. Maybe they have a better answer for you than this Vet.I fought for your freedom to not to stand. I understand the sad state of affair that this contry is in. I’m not blaming any one person, But we need as a Nation to get over finger pointing and set us back on track.

October 30, 2007 at 10:50 pm
(14) Jesse king says:

other countries have elected dubious leaders, why not usa??/

August 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm
(15) sarah b. says:

He was voted in as our PRESIDENT.. along with that he should be proud of America, not apologizing for stuff we have done when he visits other countries. If he is not proud of our country, then why the heck did he RUN FOR IT?
Since that day, all he has done is to keep on campaigning…hey he has the office so cut out the ‘running for office”, that is IF he knows how to be a leader..
my opinion and there are thousands more citizens who feel that way..

October 30, 2007 at 11:04 pm
(16) Sara says:

true, it does seem a little strange that a man who wants to lead a country wont partake in its commmon rituals, but you know what?
thats his constitutional right.
so whether he does or doesnt is completely irrelavent because hes not being disrespectful while not saying the plegde, so i dont really see a problem here.

April 19, 2011 at 10:45 am
(17) amanda says:

You are. So very wrong Amanda president of a nation he should be doing all those things.
saluting the flag and saying the national anthemit shows loyalty honor and respect for your country and he has none

October 3, 2011 at 2:21 am
(18) Nunyabiz says:

@Amanda. You never salute the flag unless you are in uniform. You only put you hand over your heart when you are saying the Pledge of Alligiance. President Obama has done more to catch and kill terrorists than President Bush did in two terms. Bush started a war that didn’t need to be fought and convinced you and Congress that Saddam was responsible for 9/11. You probably still think this. After 6 years of lies, Bush finally admitted that Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11. We have lost and injured soldiers and innocent civilians in a Country where we should never have gone. Bush got into the oil business with the older brother of Bin Laden. Reagan supplied arms and money to Bin Laden. The Defense Authorization Act of 2009, signed by President Bush, contained a provision that gave veterans and active-duty service members not in uniform the right to salute during the playing of the national anthem. Previous legislation authorized saluting when not in uniform during the raising, lowering and passing of the flag. However, because a salute is a form of communication protected by the Free Speech clause of the First Amendment, legislative authorization is not required for any civilian – veteran or non-veteran – to salute the American flag.

October 30, 2007 at 11:34 pm
(19) Joe says:

The things Obama activly supports and does far outweighs the negative things that Bush does and positive lies he tells. How many pictures of Bush lieing do we need to see to know that he lies?

October 31, 2007 at 12:13 am
(20) Dave says:

Yeah, Obama is unpatriotic ‘cuz he doesn’t have his hand over his heart and someone wrote it was during the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. Must be true, I saw it in an email. But what about the pictures of our President reading a book upside down, or our president, looking through, binoculars with the caps on them. Those must be true too, I mean, I saw it in my email…

March 8, 2011 at 10:55 am
(21) Samantha Marie says:

Pictures can be photoshped pretty good to make them look real, just because you saw it in your email does not make it true or real. They may or may not be fake, just dont believe every thing you see.

October 31, 2007 at 12:22 am
(22) Don says:

Any person who does not respect our county’s flag should not be president of our wonderful country and should not be allowed to0 hold any public office. In fact he should not even be a citizen! What kind of degenerate leader would he be! WOW! I’m glad we are shownthis now!

October 31, 2007 at 5:59 am
(23) Barak says:

INFIDELS…I dare you to question my patriotism! Oh yeah, I did Hillary last night and Bill did cleanup on us both afterwards.

October 31, 2007 at 8:48 am
(24) Micki Smith says:

I can’t understand B.Obama. He knew when at a public function, all eyes would be on the candidates during the Pledge of Allegiance. Whether he meant his lack of “hand on his heart” to be a statement or not was his choice, but he also knew what this choice would mean to Americans. Boo to him.

October 31, 2007 at 9:59 am
(25) Liz says:

I don’t put my hand over my heart or say the pledge for very personal reasons but love my country very much. You can’t judge a person’s loyalty by such a gesture.

October 31, 2007 at 10:12 am
(26) M Martinez says:

Maybe Barack wants to point out the ludacracy of people claiming he is unpatriotic while we have a president in office that goes against the constitution on a daily basis. Maybe we should be more concerned with actions where they count. I’m sorry but I’d much rather have a leader who doesn’t place his hand on his heart but also doesn’t pump trillions of dollars into a useless war than a president who places his hand on his heart but laughs all the way to the bank (with my money!).

October 31, 2007 at 11:06 am
(27) Andy (Scotland) says:

Pretty crazy. Who cares. Surely it’s more important to judge his qualifications and policies.

May 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm
(28) Darya Korsunskaya says:

He has (had) no qualifications; and his policies stink.

June 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm
(29) jan says:

I don’t think Europeans get it. But, I agree, it’s more important to judge his qualifications and policies. And he is unqualified and his policies are Marxist.

October 31, 2007 at 12:11 pm
(30) Dave says:

For those of you who think this is no big deal, consider this: When we place our hand over our heart, we are not swearing allegiance to a red, white and blue bed linen. Many people have fought and died for what the flag represents. For our leaders not to recognize and honor that sacrifice is insulting and gives insight to their idea of our national sovereignty.

October 31, 2007 at 12:37 pm
(31) Desi says:

I don’t believe there is anything wrong with it. I don’t think a simple thing like the pledge of allegiance is a big deal. And the petty comments about his middle name are absurd. I know plenty who do not pledge their allegiance, because their allegiance is first and foremost to God. You don’t blindly follow a country, you follow your heart, and if someone is president, they should be worried about the right path to take, not tradition.

October 31, 2007 at 1:18 pm
(32) darren says:

According to the photo, Obama is twice as tall as Hillary. Should we believe that also?? A single picture doesn’t tell a story.

October 31, 2007 at 1:37 pm
(33) Roy says:

While I am not in any way a supporter of Obama, I need to clarify something. Placing your hand over your heart during the National Anthem is not proper protocol. The hand should be placed over the heart only during the pledge to the American flag.

October 31, 2007 at 1:55 pm
(34) Keith says:

I don’t really like the man, but I’ve been wrong too. As some others here have been. I was taught in school to salute during the pledge but not during the anthem. Until now, I thought that was correct…

The Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting.
When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.
usflag.org

I get it right next time at soccer, VB, BB, football.

Always learning, Keith

October 31, 2007 at 1:59 pm
(35) Nightbiker says:

Desi -you don’t think such a ‘simple thing as the Pledge of Allegiance’ is a big deal?? Many of us DO, however. Many of us still get a lump in our throat, and our heart beats a little stronger during the National Anthem, and many of us DO proudly solute the Flag of the United States of America.
To many of us, it IS a big deal. It shows pride in ones’ country, and a willingness to follow and defend its’ tenets, what it stands for.
If he is blase’ about it, why should we believe he would be serious about defending the constitution?

October 31, 2007 at 4:22 pm
(36) Tony says:

If you want to talk about disrespecting the flag you can easily find numberous photos of Pres. G. W. Bush stepping on a flag emprinted carpet, standing over a flag decorated cake, etc. All of these are in direct violation of the United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 — The Flag. Is anyone getting their panties in a wad over these?

October 8, 2011 at 12:05 am
(37) jonathan says:

Your ignorance is a match for your unreasonable defense of B Obama and your attack of George Bush. A cake blazoned with a flag design is not a flag, nor a carpet with a flag design. Since Barack Obama is the Commander and Chief, and the titulatr head of all Armed Forces, it is proper that he hold a salute during any flag raising or lowering, or parade of the colors and his hand over his heart at the performance of the National Anthem.

October 31, 2007 at 5:39 pm
(38) jammer says:

I don’t like Obama, but this whole picture is blown way out of proportion. Don’t worry though,I don’t think Obama will be our next president anyway.

October 31, 2007 at 7:15 pm
(39) yomama says:

When did Bush lie? If MSNC or CNN told you that: you should question it!
IF somebody tells you something atrocious, and you stick up for it (Obama and no USA dedication — only IF he feels like it), YOU should question that! Maybe he won’t feel like doing certain things IN office.
When in doubt: the bum goes out.

October 31, 2007 at 7:32 pm
(40) Patriot says:

As a decorated veteran who defended this country for 24 years and would do so again if called upon, I find this to be outrageous. I have seen young men and women seriously injured or dead because this country asked them to stand up and they did. Why the hell does a presidential candidate think he can honor the flag only when the mood strikes him? How disrespectful to every one of us who stood up when asked. I want a president that knows what is like to be in harms way, so that they understand what they are doing when they send our young men and women to fight a war or conflict. I want a president who will stand up and salute the flag that I and many others have stood and many given their lives for. I respect this country and her veterens because if it weren’t for them, where would our beloved country be today?

October 31, 2007 at 8:29 pm
(41) C. A. Vries says:

The fact that he did not properly salute the flag during the National Anthem, intentionally or not, does not make him unfit for the Presidency. His political views and policy goals are what make him unfit for the Presidency. I’d like to see more said about his ridiculous policy ideas and less about where his hand is or how he dances.

October 31, 2007 at 9:14 pm
(42) Allan Howard says:

Sometimes yes, sometimes no, well he needs to make it alltimes yes if he wants to get all time votes

October 31, 2007 at 9:17 pm
(43) Softball911 says:

Wow! Everyone wants to condemn George Bush? First of all, whomever voted for a president who reads books upside down or tries to see something through binoculars with the caps on, should really question what it was that made them vote for him in the first place. My view on this picture of Obama; it is good that we see this now, not after he wins office! There are too many people that paid the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to give us the ability to be whom we are. Why on earth should anyone hold public office that doesn’t respect our patriotism? Yes, as an American, Obama has the right to do it “sometimes” but, as the President of the United States of America, you must hold a higher standard and set presendence for your followers. How could you even think of putting another person in office that is so “whishy-washy” when it comes to principles this country was founded on to begin with? Save yourself time and energy…one less candidate to worry about in my book!

October 31, 2007 at 10:30 pm
(44) David says:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/anthem.asp

you can see the video at the bottom of the page, he clearly doesn’t put his hand over his heart for the entire song.

November 1, 2007 at 1:15 am
(45) LouEllenHedley says:

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 the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; and
when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.
§302. National motto
References:
U.S. Code
Army Regulation 840-10
Navy Flag Regulations Navy NTP-13B

November 1, 2007 at 9:27 am
(46) Michael Carr says:

So Barack is sometimes patriotic, and MediaMatters, the far left place that dishonestly created lies about Rush’s and O’Reilly’s comments, has pictures where he has put his hand on his heart. MM has zero credibility. They are flat-out far left partisan liars.

It is already apparent that Barack does not have what it takes to be prsident, now that the focus has shifted from the pretty-face phase to substance.

I will forward this picture to everyone I know.

November 1, 2007 at 9:48 am
(47) bill says:

I find it purely indicative of the American People’s distrust of government in general when I see people’s ridiculous comments that it’s ok for Obama to lie when GW does it all the time. So, you’ve accepted that they are all going to lie and you use that to defend Obama’s lack of respect. What a crock. As usual with liberals, you will use any excuse at hand to defend lack of respect for this country. God bless the USA.

November 1, 2007 at 10:44 am
(48) V.Okland says:

What integrity? How did this person ever get to be a political figure in MY country. if he wants to be a Commander in Chief, then he needs to go back to his own land, his own people. Why would we even consider taking a chance of placing this individual or any other of his descent in our highest office. i have come to learn that you can not trust any of them. If this person, were to become President of the United States, we would never have “America the Free” again. I love my country and I have never been a hater of people, however, circumstances change and they made me change when they took so many innocent Americans away from us. HE is not to be trusted.

November 1, 2007 at 10:59 am
(49) ajc says:

Many people do not place their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem. It is not a rule. Most sing along or stand respectfully at attention, which it appears Obama is doing during the playing of the National Anthem. Clinton & Harkin are close-mouthed and Richardson is singing along. If it was indeed during the pledge of allegiance, how about picking on the women with their mouths shut. Come on news people -get your stories and photos straight and quit giving the American public something to gripe about. Everyone in the photo was showing respect in their own proper way, something the public would do well to try to emulate.

November 1, 2007 at 10:59 am
(50) Jo says:

When you disrespect the flag, you disrepect me. Not a big deal? All you who think that this is not a big deal are mis-informed. This is a huge deal. This man is paid by my tax dollars and yours, yet he apparently thinks the rules are different for him. To come to attention, place your hand over your heart (when not in uniform) during BOTH the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem – is expected, is proper and is the LEAST any of us can do for our country. I for one am tired of all the PC comments of how this isn’t a big deal, that isn’t a big deal. At what point do we say Enough? Some things are a big deal.

November 1, 2007 at 11:40 am
(51) Diann says:

I attended the same private school in Hawaii as Obama. Every morning at about 7:50 am the national anthem was played over loudspeakers throughout the campus while members of the ROTC raised the flag. – Every day.- Students from grades 1-12 were expected to stand still in silence while the anthem played. We were not required to put our hands on our hearts. Consider this for what it’s worth. Two cents worth from a conservative Republican.

November 1, 2007 at 11:46 am
(52) 888 says:

Man, are there are a lot of stupid, gullible people in this country….No wonder George W. Bush is our president.

Here we are, faced with a military-breaking, budget-draining quagmire in Iraq, and people are too stupid or lazy to take the time to really educate themselves, so instead they focus on these utterly fake issues stirred up by propagandists.

Yep, we deserve what we get in 2008. Based on a lot of the comments here, we are simply too damned dumb and intellectually lazy to survive as a superpower.

November 1, 2007 at 12:56 pm
(53) Robert says:

I have to laugh at the people who post their coments here without even reading this article sdaying it was all a lie and fake. Those people are the same type of people who FORWARD TO EVERYBODY YOU KNOW. just mindless followers being used by the people who make these lies..

November 1, 2007 at 1:36 pm
(54) Nicholas says:

He says he is Christian. I do not keep up with him politically, so I will not speak on politics. I will speak on the fact that “sometimes he puts his hand over his heart, and sometimes he does not”! The hand over the heart is respect for our flag respect for our country. Someone that wants to lead a nation needs to have respect for it. If he does not have respect for a country (all the time) that he wants to represent. How do we know that he does not respect his religion enough to admit he is Muslim? How do you know that because he says he is Christian that he is not truly a Muslim? Maybe he does not respect Allah like Muslims should. Just like he does not respect our country enough to put his hand over his heart all the time while the ANTHEM is played? Someone who wants to lead a nation needs to respect the nation. He may just maybe “be Christian” but it is hard for me to take in when he disrespects our flag like a Muslim that is anti-American would and not just Muslims anyone anti-American. I have no respect for any man that claims to be an American and does not respect the flag that has been through so much. Anyone that wants to put me down is more than welcome to. I am just stating how I feel about him saying he is “Christian”.

November 1, 2007 at 1:41 pm
(55) Tom J says:

This is the most important thing people can find to argue about in this presidential campaign???

The ‘rules’ have changed over the years, and depending on where you live(d) in the US. I remember boys when were told to salute, and girls to put their hand over their heart. Anyone else remember that?

November 1, 2007 at 1:44 pm
(56) JT says:

Who gives a rat’s you-know-what. This type of talk is always bogus, anyone who believes it is proof of the saying there is a sucker born every minute. At least he can speak better than a 10th grader, unlike our current C-I-C…

November 1, 2007 at 2:38 pm
(57) Rachel says:

I am always amazed at how ignorant and mean-spirited people who consider themselves religious and conservative tend to be. And how can I take them seriously when some of these folks can’t even spell and make complete sentences in their posts. I guess I know who they voted for in 2004.

November 1, 2007 at 3:30 pm
(58) princetrumpet says:

The major problem here is that he doesn’t understand how important symbolism is. Remember, this action comes on the heels of his public display of not wearing a flag lapel pin anymore. It’s not an isolated incident. Substance is important but a president that doesn’t understand symbolism has no depth of understanding of the people he wishes to govern.

November 1, 2007 at 4:18 pm
(59) Bill Clinton says:

I can’t wait to see what life will be like under Barak “No more USA” Obama or Hillary “I am THE bitch” Clinton is like…..NOT! Ya’ll complain about GW, but wait until we have to pay for the Demonazi’s sins……… Not enough ice in the universe to cool hell down if that happens.

November 1, 2007 at 4:29 pm
(60) Michelle says:

I’d like to respond to Nicholas who brought up the idea of religon. What does religion have to do with putting your hand over your heart during the national anthem? If I’m not mistaken, America was based on religous freedom and whether Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim has no influence on his “patriotism” or his decision to put his hand over his heart during the anthem.
Why does it matter what religion he is? And just to clarify, Obama is not a Muslim and I don’t believe he claims to be. He is in fact a Christian. There are numerous people in this country with Muslim names but are not practicers of the Islamic faith.
Perhaps you should do your research on the Democratic candidate before accusing him of making false claims.

November 1, 2007 at 4:30 pm
(61) Brian says:

It looks like he is using a sporting event anthem stance.

November 1, 2007 at 7:12 pm
(62) Tim says:

Hey Darren (comment 16), it’s called perspective. The photographer is standing closer to Obama than Hillary. This causes communist one to appear larger than communist two. Four years of college and a photography degree say I’m right. Contrary to what your liberal comrades want you to believe, not everything is a conspiracy.

November 1, 2007 at 7:42 pm
(63) Diana Wilson says:

If you look carefully at the picture of Barak Obama without his hand over his heart, Hillary Clinton and the lady to the right of her have shadows that do not match with the other things in the picture, and there is no shadow cast by the flag, leading me to believe that this picture has been faked.

November 1, 2007 at 7:58 pm
(64) Tim says:

“If you look carefully at the picture”, Diana, you will notice that everything on the stage is in fact casting the same shadow. The reason you can’t see the flag’s shadow is because it is behind the flag. Also, “If you look carefully”, Barack is spelled with a “c” and the “lady to the right” of Hillary is Ruth Harkin, whose name appears in the caption. Again, not everything is a conspiracy.

November 2, 2007 at 1:53 am
(65) S L Campos says:

I find it interesting that so many people have chosen to pin-point this incident. There are criminal acts being committed in the our country every day and it is in my opinion that this man is being spot-lighted because of the color of his skin and not his civil servant track record. He has stated as well proven his allegiance to his Country of birth. He, in no way, no more than anyone else, had a choice in his name as it has been amplified to imply something heinous. For those still evolving from the sludge of ignorance, he is of bi-racial birth to a White mother and a Black father, something else he had no choice in. He followed all of the proper ‘hand signals’ when they swore him into office as a Senator and when he was an attorney…where are those pictures? How many adults are leading by example for our children today with God being ushered out of our schools are structured when the Pledge of Allegiance is being said? Or taking the needed steps to address why our ever growing mexican population can come here…documented or not…and raise their country’s flag ABOVE the flag of the country that houses, medicates and feeds them and their newly American born children. Where was this uproar and passion by our opiniated God-loving liberty loving Americans? Must be somewhere in our court system…nope. Non-Higher Power believers took their passion there and had very little resistance in having God, Seals and Flags removed. This man was put into office by tax-paying voting constituents of White, Black, Asian, Latin, and whatever combo of people Illinois may have and is doing a great job so far….and it didnt take the ballots getting lost in Florida for the opportunity! So on your next lazy day, when the anthem is playing and you choice to ‘sit this one out’, remember you too are still an American!

November 2, 2007 at 8:33 am
(66) Mary says:

Let’s see. W. is faithful to his wife and correctly salutes the flag. But he is responsible for the death of over 4000 Americans and thousands of Iraqi and making the Middle East a quagmire. So he’s more moral and a more competent, patriotic President?

November 2, 2007 at 9:00 am
(67) NavyDavy says:

wah wah….he didn’t put his hand over his heart wah wah…..but its ok for bush to break the law with illegal wiretpping, spying on US citizens, etc etc etc…..if thats not good enough, how about all the repuke rednecks that won’t take off their s**tkicker cowboy hats or gomer baseball caps when the anthem is played……repukes are so full of it…..

ps keep your kids out of the bathroom stalls there are repukes on the loose…..

November 2, 2007 at 9:03 am
(68) Jim says:

Racism, bigotry and religious intolerance are alive and well in our great country. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder so the “I hate Obamas” in this land will pile on with a vengenance just as the “Hillary is a BITCH” group or “Mitt is this or Rudy is that” crowd does to discredit a candidate. Hate and vilify whom you want folks and send your email garbage to all your friends, which may include me. No matter, because when it comes time to vote, I will attempt to cast mine for the man or woman, white or black, Republican or Democrat who I believe is best qualified to lead our nation.

November 2, 2007 at 9:05 am
(69) steve says:

I don’t understand how some of these comments can say it’s alright for a person who wants to be President to, all BS aside, REFUSE to show respect to the flag by placing his hand over his heart. And, if he doesn’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance, why? He says he’s a Christian… Does the phrase ‘One nation, under God’ bother him? What else does?? Pity… I grew up reciting the pledge every morning in school… I think it would do us good to return to that moment of respect… If you’re not comfortable with it, there are other places on the face of the earth that will gladly allow you in….

November 2, 2007 at 9:09 am
(70) Terry says:

I’ve seen one comment that you can’t judge a person’s loyalty by a gesture. Not true – actions speak louder than words and can give great insight into a persons character.
I’ve seen other comments comparing Bush to the Senator – fact is that’s not the question. The question is, is a man who is asking us to place out faith in him to lead our country and Military forces as Commander in Chief worthy to do so if he doesn’t even respect the pledge to our country, or those who do.
I say he’s unfit to lead – and the comment, sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t speaks volumes.

November 2, 2007 at 9:34 am
(71) castanea says:

Love the way rightwingers will use any means, other than a candidate’s policies or proposals, to claim s/he is unfit to lead America. I’d much rather have a president who doesn’t always put his hand over his heart when the anthem is played and who is smart enough not to lead us into the morass that is the occupation of Iraq, than one who does put his hand on his heart, and who is dimwitted enough to squander American lives and tax dollars on a pointless war.

A few years ago, an apparently authentic photograph showing Bush autographing a small American flag was circulated. His actions were in direct violation of established flag etiquette, yet I’ve heard nary a peep from rightwing hypocrites about it. Go figure.

November 2, 2007 at 9:59 am
(72) Howard says:

While not mentioned in any of the Barack related comments, Title 4, United States Code, Chapter 1- The Flag, Sec 4. Pledge of Allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery; specifies that persons not in uniform shall place their right hand over their heart during the pledge. There is no statutory penalty assessed for failure to adhere to the code, however it becomes apparent that those so failing are ignorant of the law, and that is no excuse for any of us, especially those who wish to be officials on high office.

November 2, 2007 at 10:03 am
(73) Ken Cook says:

People make mistakes – of omission or commission. I must say it was a foolish error whether intentional or unintentional for a man who wants to serve a nation mostly filled with people who would take offense to his failure to make a small, effortless gesture which to the vast majority is almost considered a sacred act.

November 2, 2007 at 12:02 pm
(74) VETERAN says:

Those of you that do not see a problem with this are probably the same type of people that would desicrate our flag. And beleive in God We Trust should be removed from our government facilities and currency. Are you really that lobotomized by the left.

November 2, 2007 at 12:26 pm
(75) Sherrie says:

I suppose some of you prefer your leaders with their hands in your pocket or in someone else’s pants. I don’t care where the Senator’s hand is during the pledge – it’s a ritual, a facade anyone can (and they do) adopt, signifying nothing. It’s superficial and doesn’t tell us anything.

November 2, 2007 at 12:37 pm
(76) James B says:

I’m amazed at how many of the commentors apparently did not read the article. The photo was not taken during the pledge. It was not taken during the pledge. It was not taken during the pledge. It was the National Anthem. However, they are still writing about the pledge. I guess you hear and see what you want to.

November 2, 2007 at 1:28 pm
(77) Milan says:

A PICTURE OF GEORGE BUSH NOT PUTTING HIS HAND ON HIS HEART DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!!!

Click on the link and you are going to see something that will hurt your soul. It is a picture of George W. Bush putting his hand over his STOMACH not on his heart during the national anthem. Oh my god George W. Bush is SOOOO unpatriotic. What is he trying to say? That our Americans are obese? Or is it that our hearts our REALLY located where our stomachs are? Or maybe he is showing where he hides his weapons of mass destruction.

Get real guys. If you are going to slam Barack Obama for not having his hand over his heart then you guys better be slamming everyone else in this country. Including your president. I can hear it now: “The man who is leading our country and representing us to the rest of the world is not putting his hand over his heart? OMG how dare he!”

November 2, 2007 at 1:28 pm
(78) Marsha says:

Sometimes I say the Pledge without putting my hand on my heart. Not very often, but sometimes. It doesn’t mean that I’m not patriotic. I wonder how many people even know why we PUT our hand over our heart? In any case, it doesn’t mean he isn’t patriotic. Let’s decide whether or not to vote for him for other reasons, like whether or not he has enough experience, and look at the things he actually does for the country.

November 2, 2007 at 1:42 pm
(79) Milan says:

Ok I need to put one more comment on this thing. It makes me so sad to see how gullible and easily influenced people are. And there are some people who find that silly chain e-mail more believable due to the fact that he is black and has a Muslim name. Don’t try to deny it people because it’s true! Not for everyone but for some people their true racism and prejudice is rising up to the surface because of this. That saddens me… It shows that people are stilled bigoted in this country.

November 2, 2007 at 3:18 pm
(80) Georgia says:

I’d like to know where in the Constitution is states that we must place our hand over our heart during the National Anthem. Personally I believe that, considering some renditions, the appropriate place for ones hands is so that the fingers can be in the ears.

As for Mr. Obama’s name: is he required to change his name because he is running for a Federal office?

November 2, 2007 at 4:08 pm
(81) Devan Nielsen says:

Title 36 or the U.S. Code, which states the following:

During a rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed (A) all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart; (B) men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart;

By that standard, everybody in the picture (Obama, Richardson, Clinton, and Ruth Harkin) was infringing the Code, as they had their backs to the flag. On the other hand, the Code refers specifically to “Patriotic and National Observances.” We welcome the opinion of protocol experts, but we are not sure that a steak fry qualifies as a “Patriotic Observance,” even in Iowa. Since the steak fry was awash with flags, it is quite possible that the aforementioned political candidates were facing the flag and had their backs to the flag at the same time.

November 2, 2007 at 5:44 pm
(82) Duste says:

As I read these comments about the good Senator not willing to respect the flag unless he feels like it, and the apparent approval these actions meet with from some of the other folks comments it really makes me think that this country has had a severe memory lapse.The flag is a symbol of our country, and all the good things it stands for.If you really think it doesn’t matter that this man, who aspires to lead this country, doesn’t have the patriotic sense to salute our flag,when he know’s this will go out around the country, then you must wonder what other lapses he may knowingly allow to happen if he is elected President.Many of the comments decry the “quagmire” we are currently in Iraq. We haven’t even been there as long as we were involved in WW II.We have less casualities in 4 years than they had in 24 HOURS on the Normandy beaches in France in 1944.Read more history and watch less MSNBC or CNN.If you want to talk about a quagmire maybe you should think about all the other conflicts this country has had to endure to protect the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans.And I suppose maybe you might remember that we were attacked first.Unless you believe some of these celebrity liberal crackpots who say we did it to ourselves
Do you people really believe that this is a matter of supporting our country “if you feel like it”? This is our country.It’s far from perfect,no doubt,but consider the alternatives worldwide.In a lot of places in the world your anti-government/anti-president comments would secure you a spot in a mass grave with a bullet in your head.Hundreds of thousands of good men and women have died to protect and preserve that flag and all that it stands for,he should’ve shown his respect if for no other reason than to honor that sacrifice.A man like that, whatever his political plans are, doesn’t need to be a President. For those of you that don’t think this lapse of respect for our flag and what it represents matters then think about these places for a minute or two….
Pearl Harbor
Guadalcanal
Belleau Wood
Chateau Thierry
Bastogne
Monte Cassino
Midway
Chosin
Khe Sanh
Manila
Iwo Jima
Arlington
Gettysburg
Shiloh
Okinawa
Saipan
Beirut
Remagen
St. Lo
Tarawa
Antietam
Concord
Lexington
Bunker Hill
Anzio
And the list goes on…..

November 2, 2007 at 5:57 pm
(83) Charles says:

I think him not putting his hand over his heart is appauling. It shows he really does not have any respect for the american flag or the values that it represents. Every one can now see that he has another agenda in mind if he becomes president. I would not vote for this man to lead anything but his back to where ever he came from.

November 2, 2007 at 7:01 pm
(84) Rebecca says:

The hand over the heart is a civilian’s version of a salute. Men in uniform salute. Men in hats remove hat, placing it at left shoulder so hand is over heart. Civilians put their hands over their heart. It dates back to the day the Pledge was written and other than being UNAMERICAN, there is NO REASON to not STAND properly during the Pledge of Allegiance or the National Anthem!

November 2, 2007 at 7:36 pm
(85) sally says:

You would vote for someone not born and raised in this country? Their are alot of lies out their and all about money too. Do you know foreiners are trying to take over this Country, think about what is going on long and hard!!!

November 2, 2007 at 8:42 pm
(86) Julie says:

Thank goodness we live in a country that gives citizens, as well as political candidates, freedom of expression. However, various comments made about the actions of our current or past presidents are not relevant to the discussion about the actions of Mr. Obama. As a presidential candidate, his actions must stand on their own merits, or the lack of them. As citizens and registered voters, it is our responsibility to observe these candidates and determine their appropriateness to hold an office. If a candidate is inconsistent in what he/she says or does, what type of message does that send to us?

Some commenters say placing your hand over your heart doesn’t matter. If it doesn’t matter, then why is there such a debate over it? Bottom line, it obviously does matter to a lot of people. Afterall, that is a symbolic gesture that citizens make to show loyalty and respect for this country. One good thing that has come from Obama’s action has been to raise the discussion about the protocol for doing this during the Pledge or the National Anthem, or even during both just to be patriotic.

Isn’t it curious that we as citizens aren’t sure what is appropriate protocol? Is that an education issue? I guess that is a topic for another day, but we need to learn what is appropriate before we can say for sure that Obama blew it or not. If he is wishy-washy about it himself, then he probably doesn’t know either!

If so many people are not sure about Obama’s religion, he needs to clarify that for us. Public speculation will not help his campaign. If he chooses not to, what message does that send?

Some commenters say his religion doesn’t matter. If it doesn’t matter, then why is there such a debate over it? Bottom line, it obviously does matter to a lot of people.

And, thank goodness we have the right to vote. But, with that comes responsibility. Hopefully, voters will educate themselves and see past someone’s physical appearance, gender, and ability (or not) to charm the public. Hopefully, voters will demand that a candidiate disclose the reasons for making certain personal choices, in addition to the reasons for taking a particular stand on issues that will impact us as a nation. Hopefully, voters will be proactive (before the election) rather than reactive with negative comments (after ballots have been cast). And, if you don’t vote, then should you even participate in the discussion?

If we aren’t part of the solution, then we must be part of the problem. If we don’t hold candidates – and elected officials – to certain expectations of leadership and accountability, then we are negligent as citizens. We need to remind these people that they are there to represent us and to make decisions that will make this country better and stronger. What characteristics do you want to see in your representative? If you don’t see those traits in a candidate before the election, I doubt that you will see them after voting that person into office.

November 2, 2007 at 9:15 pm
(87) Ruby says:

Oh for crying out loud! Only a few people realize that Obama is showing respect for the NATIONAL ANTHEM, NOT the Pledge! (Read the caption again will you?)
What IS tremendously important is how things can get blown out of whack! I’d bet most of the people who have written critizing Obama don’t ALWAYS place their hand over their heart when they hear the National Anthem…do YOU? How about when your local TV station signs off or comes on playing the National Anthem, do you stand up THEN in the privacy of your home and place your hand over your heart?! Come on! Get a life! If we can have presidents who cheat on their wives, why can’t we have one who sometimes doesn’t place his hand over his heart when he HEARS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!?
Ever think his fingers might have had barbeque sauce on them and he didn’t want to mess up his shirt?
Oh, and by the way, I’m not an Obama supporter. I’m just tired of people spreading lies to support their point of view. Why not just say you don’t like the man and his politics?! Why lie?! Sheesh!

November 2, 2007 at 10:43 pm
(88) Amber says:

More racist, Republican-inspired hate! Shame on them!

November 2, 2007 at 10:58 pm
(89) Paul B. says:

Having been taught from childhood by my parents (Dad’s a WW II vet), my school, 4-H and various other organizations to stand respectfully at attention (and to take my cap off if I’m wearing one) during the playing of the National Athem, but not to place my hand over my heart–that jesture was reserved for the Pledge of Alligence, which was (and is) the actual swearing of an oath, I find it amusing, appalling and educational how irrational right-wing nuts can get over an simple act of respect by an individual they oviously hate. Their comments are not about respecting the flag (many of their comments actually are disrespectful to the very freedoms and Constitution it represents). Their about slandering a man they don’t happen to like.

Think about this for a moment (if you can): When it becomes illegal to burn the American Flag in political protest, it will no longer represent freedom.

November 3, 2007 at 2:52 am
(90) JAM says:

I have always been taught to stand with respect and my hand over my heart to our National Anthem. I have no problem educating those around me if needed. My husband and I both had grandfathers and other relatives who LAID THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR YOU! Thank them all and thank God (same God whether you are Christian, Jewish, or Muslim) that we can all live in a country where we can express our opinions freely without fear. We should take every opportunity to remember how we got where we are today. We should all show respect and honor every time we see our flag or hear the National Anthem. It makes a huge difference to me that a candidate for President of the United States does not show proper respect for our National Anthem. The candidates can all practice slick lines to recite – it is the moments they are caught “off-guard” that may reveal their character. No one is perfect, but our National Anthem and our flag are the ultimate symbols of our country and our freedom, and the price that was paid by others for our freedom! Let’s all work to honor our great country every chance we get.

November 3, 2007 at 3:34 am
(91) EmmettO'Sullivan says:

I said all along from the first time I heard his name I would not vote for him just for that simple reason. Call me ignorant and a racist all you want.
He has a snowballs chance in hell of getting elected President of the United States!

November 3, 2007 at 1:09 pm
(92) Dave says:

THIS IS A DOCTORED PHOTOGRAPH!

1. NOTICE NO-ONE IS FACING THE FLAG.
2. THE FLAG IS PERFECLTY FLAT AND HANGING Magically IN MID-AIR
3. Nobody isn’t their actual height:
• Barack Obama — Height: 6′ 1½” in the photo he’s 6’9” – the top of the 34” folding chair should be at wrists
• Governor Bill Richardson height 6’ in the photo he’s 7’4”
• Hilary Clinton Height: 5’6” in the photo she’s 4’3”
• Ruth Harkin Height: in the photo she’s 5’4”

November 3, 2007 at 7:11 pm
(93) Sarah says:

“He sometimes does, and sometimes doesn’t..” I’m sorry but if you are going be the Commander in Chief you better know American traditions and abide by them 100% of the time…a President isn’t just a politician but the Commander of the entire military and should abide by all rules, regulations and traditions of the military and the United States….Barrack’s pathectic attempt at presidency is insane…who would vote for this man??? No respect for those who made this country what it is today!! If thousands upson thousands of men and women can die to make this country free then he should at least make an effort to place his damn hand over his heart and show some respect….what a loser!

November 3, 2007 at 11:15 pm
(94) Ruby says:

Someone needs to ask him if he is elected president,what bible will he want to be sworn in on. Given his back ground,I do wander. Does anyone think he is for America or running to bring it down?

November 4, 2007 at 12:28 pm
(95) Jackie Casey says:

After reading the many varied opinions, I can absolutely, without any doubt say, God help our country. I remember when I was younger and in school, there were these little clicks (groups of people), who if you were friends with this one group you were not suppose to talk to the other group. I hated it then and I hate it now. I talked to everybody, which didn’t go over real well with some of the people, but after awhile I noticed alot of the other people realized how much better it was to get along and we had some really good years in that school, we may of had differences, but we had our school and community in common. We, as a nation, have our differences, but we have one flag and one nation. We need to pull together if we are going to survive, as our world is changing and a house divided will not stand. Whether you are Democrat, Republican, Independant, Libertarian, Green Party or any other affiliation, you are first and foremost an American. So if you feel strongly about an issue that is your decision, but you’ll not ever convince anyone you are right and they are wrong by name calling, all you will do is create hard feelings. Obama’s mind may have been somewhere else, I know everyone can relate to that. Our President may make mistakes, but so do I. I remember him in my prayers, as this is my country he’s leading and I love it. Let’s pull together, not apart, and find some common ground. I think it is better to dwell on the positive and let go of the negative. Vote for who your heart leads you to vote for, but make sure you make an well informed decisions. Watch the debates and listen, truely listen, then cast your vote. I’m glad I was blessed to be born and raised an American, in a country where I can worship God and voice my opinion and read yours.

November 4, 2007 at 3:24 pm
(96) Michaela Informed Student... says:

WHY not just come out and say you don’t want a Black president, or a minority president, YOU NEO NAZIS!!! Why should any minority swear to any flag that stands for every discrimination, racism, and injustice he/she has ever endured because the constitution can be applied in any way White leaders wish…?? “With liberty and justice for some…” that is the correct ending…AND REMEMBER, as far as UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION goes…Minorities had to FIGHT to have it amended to include them, so you’ll excuse my cynacism at not being considered fully human but only 3/4ths….

November 4, 2007 at 3:27 pm
(97) Meo says:

During the times Barack opts to NOT hold his hand over his heart is, in my mind, his way of being defiant, disrespectful and categorically unpatriotic. If he ever says he doesn’t mean to disrespect the USA, to me, that’s pure fiction and definitely a Freudian Slip if there ever was one!

November 4, 2007 at 6:40 pm
(98) JG says:

I don’t know what is going on in the lives of some people. But, it sure looks to me like they are putting a lot of energy into showing their ignorance, closed minds and racism. I am not giving an opinion of this stupid bit of “stuff” (I am a lady, so will keep it clean).
Tha reason is – I was not there in person to see just what was what, and I am sure not a single one of you were there either! In my 79 years I have learned not to make statements unless I can prove them, or I preface them with “in my opinion”.
I give kudos to comments made by Robert (36), JT (39), Rachel (40), SL Campos(48) and Ruby (70), to name a few. They are using good common sense. Some others of you are running around like Chicken Little – “the sky is falling” – remember that one? Just think about it!
I am not afraid to say the I (a white 79 yr. old widow stand behind Barack Obama. I read his wonderful book. I can usually tell which peope have or have not read it by some of the things they say. So many mis-quotes, isn’t it a shame!

November 4, 2007 at 8:31 pm
(99) Paul says:

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Oh it’s relevant Sara. Watch and see just how relevant it will be at the polls next year.

November 4, 2007 at 10:46 pm
(100) Bill says:

This whole thing is a great example of how the right wing works. Cherry pick the facts and add an outright lie (Obama didn’t have his hand over his heart during the Pledge Of Allegience), then when the lie is revealed, making the whole charge suspect (it was the National Anthem, not during the Pledge) and the whole truth is shown to be other than the allegation (here are some other pictures of him with his hand over his heart), ignore the totality of the facts and start another argument (What? He doesn’t put his hand over his heart every time?? Then he’s not patriotic enough to be President!!)

I’ll wager that the lie that the picture was taken during the Pledge was added because most people don’t know that it is proper to put your hand over your heart for the Anthem, which would make this seem like less of a crime.

If only people in this country were as interested in substance as in symbols!

November 4, 2007 at 11:03 pm
(101) Mark says:

Well now lets see…

Whoever sent you that is as ignorant as they are saying everyone else…when we were in grade school we were taught that you put your hand over your heart for both, when some of us were in scouts were taught the same….when some of us were in the military we were taught the same just different ways for uniform and non uniform…go to a ball game and look at all the ignorant people…we should teach our kids the law and to show respect for both the pledge and anthem so that the people who have worked so hard to build and keep this country free can be honored. Your source is ignorant as proved below…

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. — United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171

or a good resource…

http://stockholm.usembassy.gov/usflag/flag_code.html

That’s my beef I have with you liberals is that you think because you say so…it is so. That is not the way the founding fathers set it up… take the time to do it right or don’t do it at all…eh?

However if I were there and had to listen to this awful rendition of the anthem I may have not noticed it for what it was either…listen to it…that ought to be against the law!!!!

http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Obama_doesnt_put_hand_over_heart_1022.html

November 5, 2007 at 10:40 am
(102) RC says:

As an outside observer I find this very sinister and Orwellian coming from the supposed ‘Land of the Free’!

November 5, 2007 at 1:17 pm
(103) ST says:

“Sometimes he, sometimes he doesn’t…” doesn’t cut it for me. I need a leader that’s 100% respectful of my country and 100% patriotic. I don’t care if you agree or dis-agree with what the actions of the country under one president or another. This person must always be an American and honor our traditions and ceremonies.

November 5, 2007 at 2:23 pm
(104) Armin Soto says:

Dear Gringos, I understand your current president is undoubtely a “real patriot”, and I pressume he certainly puts his hand over his heart and surely sings the anthem as loud as he can, so if those are the signs you reach in your candidates, it´s no wonder the poor perception the world have of your country today.

November 5, 2007 at 6:06 pm
(105) JC of MD says:

Here’s the US Code. It says the law in the United States is that you put your frigging hand over your frigging heart when the frigging national anthem plays. Is that too difficult a concept for you Democrats to follow? I’m sure Nancy Pelosi will now try to get it changed……

November 5, 2007 at 9:01 pm
(106) TWL says:

Typical Right-Wing Wacko desperation tripe! Probably comes from a madrassa run by the Swift Boat Veterans or some other bilge boys. Let’s not discuss policy or performance!! Oh, noooooo. That’s far too time consuming and tiresome. Let’s instead draw convenient, disproportionate conclusions from a photo that represents 1/500th of a second of a 2 hour public appearance. This is a perfect microcosm if the intellectual poppycock that earned this country eight years of “W”. So…sometimes he puts his hand on his heart and sometimes he doesn’t….”Dagnabit, Cletus! Get a Rope!”

November 6, 2007 at 9:33 am
(107) Carol says:

If Barack Obama is a Muslim, maybe he is exactly who we need in office. Since the USA wants to police Muslim countries and tell them how to live, it would be appropriate for a Muslim to be heading the operation. Frankly I think Americans focus too much on trivial things like where someone’s hand is placed, rather than focusing on the things that matter ie: the amount of homeless people in our country, abused woman and children, lack of medical for the majority of our citzens, neglect of our elderly, lack of education for our children, drug control, gangs, graft etc. etc.. I don’t care about where his hand is placed during the pledge I worry where the current administrations hands are placed as they send our boys to fight a war that can’t be won, so they can make money selling their tanks, jeeps etc. and making huge profits off high oil prices.

November 6, 2007 at 4:10 pm
(108) Raymond A. Patrone, Lt Col, USAF, Ret. says:

Senator Obama wants to lead this country as its President; yet, he apparently does not understand the responsibilities of a leader. In his failure to properly display the respect of the flag whose country it represents, he has demonstrated that he is not fit to lead this nation as a senator, let alone, its President. Many tasks that a leader is expected to demonstrate are symbolic in nature, but they, nevertheless, are important to the effectiveness of that leader. It is obvious to me that Mr. Obama never learned that important lesson. Vote for him for President? Not on your life!

November 6, 2007 at 4:30 pm
(109) brittany says:

First off …. We are at war , a future leader who is not patriotic would only cause more lives lost to the war. Second this was during the NATIONAL ANTHEM … That’s right the song we sing for our fallen heroes, Its not about constitutional rights its about respect, and in the ARMY which he would be commander and chief of , We had to learn the national anthem and pay respect to it. As the leader he too would have to follow this, as should all Americans. And personally I believe if you don’t respect the Flag and the country you should perhaps travel a little more so you realize how good you have it in a nation that cries every time it gets its feelings hurt and is full of greed. Remember who died so you can have ur freedom.

November 7, 2007 at 12:12 am
(110) C Minard says:

Today I received a email with picture with an additional comment that he was sworn in using the Koran not the Bible. Does anyone know if this is true??

November 7, 2007 at 1:07 am
(111) Ceenitall says:

First off, what is a steak fry? Second, this was not during the pledge but the national anthem. A lot of people don’t put their hand over their heart during the anthem but do during the pledge. This is not a big deal, and I am not even a democrat!!!

November 7, 2007 at 1:15 am
(112) Bob Johnson says:

The photo appears to me as an altered photo. When the people are compared to certain items in the photo and background there’s some discrepancies. Regardless of who supposedly took the photo, it’s not accurate as far as I’m concerned. Some of the media has been known to alter photos. And, I do not like either Osama or Hillary as potential candidate.

November 7, 2007 at 4:14 am
(113) A U.S. Soldier says:

You know lots of people don’t place their hands over their hearts and it has nothing to do with not respecting the traditions of our country. I have served this country going on nine years fought in Iraq, Afghanistan, and did the force protection thing in Kosovo and I don’t do hand over my heart thing nor say the pledge. Why you ask, because I don’t. I respect the fact that he is standing there not doing it and getting judge rather than doing it just to please a bunch of fake as patriots who think he should just to please them. even me being the true patriot that I am who fought and still serves without any complaining thinks that what he is doing is wrong. This is what makes America the place that it is.

November 7, 2007 at 7:26 pm
(114) Rob says:

You got to be kidding me…. Is he an American? Or is he a pretender? He is not a Contender for the President of our great Nation! This man honestly scares me!

Even if he did say the pledge…no pin, weird, no hand over heart, scary

November 7, 2007 at 10:59 pm
(115) W. Bush says:
November 8, 2007 at 1:26 am
(116) Deborah White says:

Here’s a link to Sen. Obama’s explanation of this silly non-event:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071107/ap_on_el_pr/obama_photo_2

November 8, 2007 at 4:40 am
(117) cynsational522 says:

Here is a link to a clip of the video at the Steak Fry (cut and paste): http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Obama_doesnt_put_hand_over_heart_1022.html

As you can see, Mr. Obama is mouthing the words of the National Anthem, while it is being sung by the woman. He started mouthing the words at “gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there…” and when the camera came back to him, he was mouthing the words “and the home of the brave”.

He showed his respect, by facing the woman who was singing the anthem, singing along and then clapping when she finished. The fact that he did not have his hand over his heart, doesn’t mean a thing. That is his choice. This is America, where people do still have choice. Many people do not hold their hand over their heart during the National Anthem (just go to a major league baseball game and look around while the Anthem is being sung).

Just read Mr. Obama’s comments to the incident for yourself (cut and paste):
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071107/ap_on_el_pr/obama_photo_2

November 8, 2007 at 10:54 am
(118) tha says:

Some people sing, some don’t during the national anthem. But during the pledge, yes I do put my hand on my chest so as to be respectful to my country. And I don’t necessarily like to wear pins on my clothes either. So what’s the big fuss about? Our future president was maybe singing and forgot to put his hand on his chest. Woopee,doo. Give the man a break. If you can run this country all by yourself, how come you’re NOT on the presidential campaign, why are you not being elected to be future president.

November 8, 2007 at 5:32 pm
(119) Bob says:

According the video on ABCNEWS.COM – http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=3759803
it was during the playing of the National Anthem. Still, I’m retired Navy and when the Anthem is played – you place your hand over your heart. I think, even more unfortunately, is the caterwailing of the “singer” with her horrific rendition.

November 8, 2007 at 6:44 pm
(120) OMG says:

What drivel! The amazingly stupid idiotic issues Americans concern themselves with. Iraq with upwards of 4000 American soldiers dead, an economy on the brink of a recession, global warming, gas prices rising, immigration, U.S. human/civil rights violations, illegal wiretapping, the unpatriotic Patriot Act, Cheney and possible impeachment… and all that is talked about on ‘News’ networks is Obama not putting his hand over his heart during the national anthem? you got to be f***king kidding me. Get a life and an education you all. Focus on some real issues.

November 8, 2007 at 11:10 pm
(121) Mark says:

it’s real easy to call anyone who doesn’t vote for the black person a racist. Means he doesn’t have to have any qualification to be president. And for everyone trying to say the pic is fake, well, Obama says it isn’t… so it probably isn’t.

Just sayin…

November 9, 2007 at 9:59 pm
(122) Laura C says:

OMG you people are killing me! First of all, the photo is real, not doctored. I’ve seen the video on tv, CNN, Fox News, they all showed it, long before it was on this website.

Secondly, regarding the comment that Obama should go back to his own country. Yes, he should. Except, oops, here he is. Because, duh, he is an American you dopes! I mean, HELLO??? Did you all forget that in this country it is REQUIRED that you be BORN a US citizen to ever become president of the US??? (Sorry Ahnold…) I guess the man is so brilliant that he managed to find some loophole in the constitution. Look, everyone is hung up on his name. I admit, I am in no hurry to elect someone who has a name that sounds like people who want us dead. But he is an American. An inexperienced American who has no business being Pres of this country, but an American nontheless.

November 10, 2007 at 10:47 pm
(123) Kevin says:

What’s the big fuss over Obama not putting his hand on his heart? We elected “W” after he went AWOL from the Texas Air Guard and lost his piloting credentials. Now, he’s the head of all our armed forces..
If those of you all upset over a hand not on the heart had thought about “W”‘s actions, we wouldn’t be in the situation our country currently is in.

November 11, 2007 at 4:08 am
(124) Susan says:

Oh good grief. People should grow up. This “hand-over-heart” silly litmus test for “patriotism” is beyond stupid. Many of us don’t always jump to place our hands over our hearts every time we hear the national anthem nor do we expect our politicians to always be so formal. Those who scream the loudest about manic “patriotism” are simply redneck jingoists who like to make a huge, blustery, obnoxious display of their so-called “patriotism.” Give it a rest. There are many more important things going on in this country than to nitpick every single movement made by every single candidate. We have George W. Bush now, for heaven’s sake. No one but Romney could be worse.

November 11, 2007 at 10:43 pm
(125) Jennifer says:

The courtesy of silence and attention to the flag during the national anthem is indeed the only Requirement. He fit the bill.

November 13, 2007 at 11:44 am
(126) Devon says:

Interesting.

I’ve been to countless baseball games, and out of thousands of people, I might see a hand full with their hand over their heart during the national anthem.

I also find it funny that the none of the meida personelle or on lookers were even paying attention to the person singing. Should we track down the journalists, and refuse to read their news papers or watch their news? Should we find the random by standers and interogate them about their political pasts?

Comon people. Whether you like Sen. Obama or not, you have to admit that this photo is a pathetic attempt to find the man non-patriotic, and anti-American.

November 13, 2007 at 1:48 pm
(127) Phat Pimp Money says:

Obama is a fraud as a senator and an insult as a candidate for president. Theres simply no way around it.

Your either respectful of our country or your not, There is no sometimes.

Do you think that sometimes he’d support a kkk lynching, and sometimes he wouldnt?

Give me a break.

November 13, 2007 at 2:56 pm
(128) Boise Republican says:

All senators and representatives should know flag and anthem etiquette – as should all citizents. Ignorance of flag and anthem etiquette is inexcusable, especially for presidential-hopefuls, and offensive to thousands of citizens. This is a major part of American culture, not a fly-by-night trend! It’s a shame that this wonderful country has so many irreverent, uncaring “citizens.”
Proper antehm etiquette requires those present to stand and face the flag or music (if the flag isn’t present) upon the first note. Those in uniform should offer the military salute; men should remove their headwear, and hold it with their right hand over their heart; those not wearing headwear should place their right hand over their heart; all should remain in this position through the last note. Non-US citizens (those not US born or naturalized) should stand during the song.
Get more info from the Army Institute of Heraldry.

November 13, 2007 at 9:05 pm
(129) Christopher Marohn says:

Obama, didn’t salute the flag, big deal. I am sorry that people feel that is a slap in the face. It is the act of a honest man. one that will not conform when it is popular. One that will stand up when the time is right. he is a great leader and should be president. For we need a man that will stand up from the popular idea. Not cower behind lies and false hoods.

November 14, 2007 at 12:28 am
(130) Bella says:

all I can say is woopy do, build a bridge fellas

November 14, 2007 at 4:22 pm
(131) nps says:

The fact that he’s ashamed to be seen with his white grandmother who took care of him while growing up. The fact that his name is Hussein, Does this ring a bell. He’s not worthy to hold an official U.S. office. Just think of how many Muslim terrorist he’ll welcome to this country. After all, he’s got Muslim blood in his body and blood is thicker than water! We will definitely not vote for Barack Hussein Obama! I don’t think he’s a trustworthy person to begin with!

November 15, 2007 at 12:18 am
(132) Ron Franklin says:

So Obama made a mistake and didn’t salute. not Putting your hand on your heart during the anthem doesn’t make you unpatriotic. He did make a mistake though since he is a political candidate. It’s just another “red meat” email for the right wingers to say a liberal is Unpatriotic. If you go to a ball game not every person puts there hand on their heart. Does that make them Unpatriotic? I think not. Just because we aren’t yelling Go USA at every opportunity doesn’t make us less Patriotic. I don’t support Obama because to me he’s an empty suit but there’s no proof that he is unpatriotic. Just because a rightwinger says he is doesn’t make it so.

November 15, 2007 at 12:25 pm
(133) Charliemac says:

right, wrong each to his own opioion I don’t care EXCEPT for the fact the after being born and raised in America and for 70 years had a good life (and the majority of us do)I think it is only right to salute our country and support it.

If y’all look (and listen) to the video on youtube you will see Obama singing the National Anthem why he didn’t put his over his heart is amazing. BUT something else, what was disgusting was the way the National Anthem was being sung. I don’t like, nor appreciate, someone improvising on something as important as that song and further she didn’t have a good voice anyway.

The point is, as a nation, we need to get back to the basics and collectively agree to agree on the way to salute the American flag and give respect when the national anthem is being sung.

Remember,if the freedom you have in America were to be taken away (and you had to live in countries like Iraq) how would you feel then.

November 16, 2007 at 9:37 am
(134) joe says:

oh no! he didn’t put his hand over his heart during the NATIONAL ANTHEM (not the pledge of allegiance) FIRE AND BRIMSTONE WILL RAIN DOWN UPON US!!! REPENT SINNERS, REPENT! KEEP TOSSING DIRTY SLANDER AT ANYONE NOT ON THE REPUBLICANS SIDE! REPUBLICANS FOR LIFE! SCREW THE PRESIDENCY…WE NEED A NEW REPUBLICAN DICTATOR BECAUSE OBAMA DIDN’T PUT HIS HAND OVER HIS HEART. who the f cares, you idiots

November 16, 2007 at 10:33 am
(135) LAPA says:

Charliemac and others who strongly beleive in symbolism,

Not everyone needs a symbol as a means for showing respect to their country or any other treasured value for that matter.

I am a Female veteran of the first Gulf War. I do not fly a flag outside my home and I don’t take offense at others not placing their hands over their hearts for the National Anthem.

I see Americans and the freedoms we enjoy so differently that most Americans. I UNDERSTAND very intimately what we have here, because I have experienced the opposite. The memory that haunts me and keeps me grounded is that of a young woman came up to me in a Saudi market place in the middle of the desert, only her eyes visible through the black cloth that covered her in the 100-degree heat. She seemed so awed with me. There was little English she could speak or understand. But her eyes said so much more than I needed to hear. She wanted what girls and women in this country take for granted. She wanted freedom.

It was not MY decision that allowed me to be born an American.

So for me, flying the flag the way so many Americans do who have no idea how fortunate they are to be American, is the equivolent of FLAUNTING the flag, of saying too bad you wretched schmucks weren’t born here.

But I am also not blinded by my GRATITUDE for having been so blessed as to have been born in this country instead of Saudi Arabia or some other restrictive nation. I do not follow any president blindly. And I do not chose a president based on whether he uses symbolism to show patriotism. Those men who fought to attain and later to retain our freedoms here did so to also provide us the freedom to think for ourselves. I am eternally grateful to those who made that sacrifice and to their families.

But I would rather elect a president who uses his action to show his love and dedication for this country, rathere than someone who merely knows all the protocols that other people feel makes him patriotic.

November 16, 2007 at 12:26 pm
(136) Erin Orchard says:

Many people are placing far too much stock on a gesture that really has little to do with whether or not Obama would be a great leader. When judging a candidate, how about looking at their credentials, words, history and enthusiasm for change rather than a gesture which truly means nothing.

The great thing about living in America is that we have the freedom to choose and Obama, like all of us, has the right to choose to not put his hand over his heart. It’s an empty gesture anyhow and I’d rather focus on his words and actions than where his hands are. So many people get their panties in a bind over the most trivial of things in an attempt to derail a strong candidate.

Let’s focus on the things that matter instead of things like pins and hand gestures!

November 16, 2007 at 1:27 pm
(137) Chris says:

Hey, I’ve got a bumper sticker that says, “I support the troops.” All you phony Americans who perform community service and donate to charities and just pretenders to my awesome American-ness!

November 19, 2007 at 4:54 pm
(138) Phil says:

What a waste of time. He is still one of the best candidates to run this country. I guess this is all you Retardicans can dig up on him! Pathetic. Get to the real issues! Oh wait, I forgot, You lose on all the real issues. Now I understand why this crap is so important to you!

November 19, 2007 at 5:18 pm
(139) R.J. says:

I guess Phil is going to start throwing food or something next!
“A waste of time…” is a liberal House and Senate dragging the same issues in front of committees that everyone knows will not (should not) be passed anyway. Tax dollars at work I guess.
The video is very subjective. It’s unfortunate that so many people think this is no big deal, of course many people think “Hitlery” Clinton would make a great president too! Where is this country going? Our Constitution is rarely used and political figures take The Pledge of Allegiance and The National Anthem for granted. It appears that people are so concerned with changing our country that they’ve forgotten what makes the United States so great! It will eventually be too late to learn from these mistakes!

November 19, 2007 at 5:31 pm
(140) R.J. says:

I now understand, while reading over this web page, why I’m not a liberal…I’m so very grateful!
Anyone who doesn’t see a problem with not saluting our flag or showing gestures during The National Anthem or The Pledge of Allegiance needs to realize just what they are taking for granted! I have never seen (in the united States) anyone not salute the flag during The National Anthem or The Pledge of allegiance. What’s “pathetic” as described above, is how many people want so badly to make excuses for Obama (we all saw the same video) only because they hate Republicans. How weak is that!

November 20, 2007 at 9:21 am
(141) stephan says:

Think about it: it’s a photograph. He might have raised his hand to his heart a split second later. But while I’m here, lest get to the root of the commentary here against Obama: how far has the past eight years of mindless, patriotic BS advanced the integrity of this nation of 280 million nationally and internationally. Nationalism is a BAD thing. My grandfather was alive and served in the German army during WWII and he used to tell me about the perils of patriotism and xenophobia. He said they were hoodwinked with guilt and false pride. Obama is an intelligent and conscientious leader, that’s much better on both accounts of the jerks that hijacked out land in 2000 and 2004.

November 21, 2007 at 10:00 am
(142) Jacob Burleson says:

I think Obama, like everyone else, should raise his hand to his heart. It is, after all,o something he was probably raised doing. Addressing the fact that sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn’t gives me the idea that he is patriotic whenever he feels like it. “President Obama is due to address the nation today whenever he feels like getting out of bed.”

November 21, 2007 at 3:40 pm
(143) Bill says:

To Dave:

President Bush read the book right-side up. You should watch FarenHYPE 9 11, which features the teacher who was present on that morning.

However, I do like Whoopie’s joke about the president waving to Stevie Wonder!

November 21, 2007 at 10:43 pm
(144) eterte says:

Obama is a muslim by birthright. Therefore as a muslim, he is the enemy of america. Get rid his jihad loving ass out of power immediatley!

November 22, 2007 at 5:33 pm
(145) Casper - Denmark says:

Now I understand how Gore (IQ=190) could loose to Bush (IQ=90), judging from the comments above it seems that 85% of politically interested americans are dimwits…

Political patriotism has (post 9/11) been reduced to the ability to appear in the vicinity of flags, veterans and bibles, and to a lesser degree to act in ways brave and beneficial to your country.

November 22, 2007 at 8:30 pm
(146) Glenn says:

I have enough troubles with politicans being not only liers, opportunitists looking for more power and mostly not some one I’d bring home to dinner, Obama has booted me out of his ‘camp’ for ever… I was shot at, and my generation was spit on for serving our country and supporting these freedoms for people like him and all the other liers and cheats that surface on the public feeding trough. I don’t have to like it, and I don’t. But our guys are still dieing all over the world for the same bunch of “leaders”, the names just change… JMHO

November 23, 2007 at 9:41 am
(147) R.J. says:

Casper makes an interesting point, Al Gore has an IQ of 190 and is still one of the biggest policical flops in History! What’s more is the reference to patriotism post 9/11.
You are condescending to people who actually expect our political representitives to adhere to US protocol! That’s what is wrong with patriotisim today! We have idiots like this, outwardly assuming political stances taken by other’s because we may not agree with their weak ideology. Obama not follow US potocol is what’s relevant. Your points are weak at best to have such condescension in your tone!

November 24, 2007 at 8:29 pm
(148) Anna Wallace says:

The Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting.
When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.

November 28, 2007 at 9:58 am
(149) Ed Richardson says:

Even the smallest child is quick to put his/her hand over the heart when pledging the allegiance to the flag. It is clear That Obama’s heart is somewhere else when remembering to put the hand over the heart becomes an effort to be remembered. It is only a symbol of our respect and love for our country. What country does Obama love? Or better, what country would he like to love?

November 29, 2007 at 9:29 am
(150) doug says:

IT REALLY WORRIES ME WHEN A COUNTRY AS GREAT AS OURS IS MORE WORRIED IF HUSSEIN(A TRADITIONAL AMERICAN NAME) SINGS OR EVEN KNOWS THE WORDS TO UOR NATIONAL ANTHEM RATHER THAN FOCUSING ON A REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE; THIS MAN HAS’NT GOT THE EXPERIENCE TO OPERATE A LEMONADE STAND AND HE IS A SERIOUS CONTENDER FOR THE PRESIDENTACY!!! COME ON ALL YOU KOOL-AID DRINKING LIBS. ATLEAST TRY TO REMEMBER J.F.K. WHEN LOOKING FOR A NOMINEE AND STOP TRYING THE SHOCK SALE OF A WOMAN OR A BLACK BOTH OF WHOM WOULD REPRESENT A DAMN GREEK TRAGEDY TO THIS COUNTRY. MORALS.MORALS.MORALS. WHERE DID THEY ESCAPE TO? DID YOUR NEW SPEAKER REMOVE THEM WITH ALL THE DIGNITY THE OLD GUARD HAD. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ARE ASKING FOR BECAUSE SOMETHINGS ARE NOT REVERSABLE,AND YES I AM REFERING TO THE ELECTION OF THIS LOW DOWN,NO COUNT UNPATRIOTIC,MAN. OR FOR THAT MATTER HIS EVIL COUNTERPART WITCH HILLARY.

December 2, 2007 at 10:21 am
(151) Rinski says:

I am conservative and consider myself very patriotic. I was raised by my liberal parents and attended public schools when I was young. I was taught to place my hand over my heart for the Pledge of Allegiance and to stand at attention facing the flag for the National Anthem. I have stood at attention without placing my hand over my heart at schools, many sporting events, etc simply because I honestly didn’t know I was supposed to place my hand over my heart. I absolutely will going forward. I would like to say that I think Obama is a good guy. I don’t think he hates our country or is unpatriotic. I absolutely wouldn’t vote for him because of his views on several issues but I can see why liberals like him. Although, I find it odd that he didn’t take time to determine the proper etiquette to follow for these moments that are sure to be recorded while he’s running for public office. I’m surprised his support staff is stating that he places his hand over his heart for the National Anthem when he “feels” like it. I think claiming that he didn’t know would have been a much easier explanation for everyone to accept.

December 3, 2007 at 12:14 am
(152) Winston says:

This may be the most be the sadest thing I have ever heard. There are people who feel that Barak should not president over not putting his hand over chest during the national anthem. That is completely retarded. Lets completely forget about his political policies and concentrate on whether or not he puts his hand over chest. Because thats how in America Presidents are elected not on polices or views but on whether or not they put their hand over there chest during the national anthem. Grow up. thank god this is all he’s doing, he could be a bumbling idiot who reads books upside down to small children during a national disater.

December 5, 2007 at 1:51 am
(153) Preston says:

From the The Book of Etiquette by Emily Post states:
The National Anthem
Everyone, even very young children, should rise and remain standing during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It is not easy to sing, and you need not do so if you do not have the necessary range or “ear,” but you must stand quietly until you hear “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

If you are on the way to your seat at a sports event, or in any public place, when the strain, ‘Oh say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,” sounds, stop where you are and stand at attention until the end. Don’t talk, chew gum loudly, eat or smoke during the singing of the anthem.

No where does it state that it is mandatory to place the hand over the heart while it is being played.
I learned this over 60 years ago when we were involved with WWII.

Preston

December 5, 2007 at 7:20 pm
(154) C. Lee says:

First of all, I wonder how accurate that photo is. Almost anything can be done with PhotoShop these days (I should know, I’m a freelance photo editor) and it isn’t too difficult to edit a photo like that. One simple enough way would be to take two photos, from the same angle, one before the pledge starts (with Obama’s hand down) and another during (with the other’s hand over their hearts), and copying Obama without hand-over-heart onto the second photo. A bit of editing to make it look natural, and voila!

Secondly, the question here is more than whether he puts his hand over his heart during the pledge. If the photo is real, the question is why didn’t he put his hand over his heart while he was on stage at a statewide event in front of an audience?

December 12, 2007 at 11:25 am
(155) Diane says:

Is it a urban legend, or truth, that Obama is a closet Wahabi Muslim (radical sect) & has covered with joining a Christian church. Also, is it truth or fiction, when taking office he refused to place his hand on the Bible & took his oath with hand on the Koran. And suppose the slips of showing unpatriotic moves are just that, slipups – chinks in his “political face”. Does this guy have a deadly hidden agenda, or are these suspicions unfounded? Hmmmm. Bears some research, I’d say, before anyone casts a vote in the upcoming election.

December 13, 2007 at 4:53 pm
(156) me says:

The pledge of alliegance and the national anthem are two totally different things. The pledge is the pledge and the national anthem is a song. However, either way it has been a long held AMERICAN tradition to place the hand over the heart for either event. Any reason given to only do it “sometimes,” is not a reasonable answer. So, is it still bad if I speed, but only do it sometimes? or what about giving respect to the military, can I salute my officer only sometimes. yeah sure you could only salute sometimes, but then you would just have a marine boot up your ass when you didn’t. We’re talking about giving respect to an officer versus giving respect to your entire country and the dog that lives here. There is no excuse for lousy, or lazy men running for office of the USA to not be able to beat good ol’ Hilary Clinton to the fastest draw of the saluting hand.

December 13, 2007 at 4:57 pm
(157) me says:

So was it the pledge of alleigance or the national anthem?

December 14, 2007 at 7:01 am
(158) Europa says:

Ok, so this is how The United States elect thier leader. Apparently it doesn’t matter what their views are on healthcare, wellfare and umemployment, the hand must be on the heart. No wonder you always elect jackasses…

December 14, 2007 at 12:15 pm
(159) Military Family Member says:

One might say he shows “strong character” by his personal convictions. I say to you this man has no right to serve the People of the United States of America! If he has no regard for our National Anthem and what it stands for, who does he serve — the ACLU?

December 18, 2007 at 10:03 am
(160) Cindy says:

It’s always been tradition to place your hand on your heart during The Pledge of Alligiance but when did it become necessary to place your hand on your heart during the National Anthem? Growing up we never did and I’m sure we would have been told to had it been proper.

December 28, 2007 at 11:32 am
(161) Raen says:

Think about this- do you fold your hands every single time you pray? If you sit in some other position, does it not count?

And for those who are so caught up in details that my above main point doesn’t get to you, you might respond better to the technicality that this incidence wasn’t during the pledge, it was during the anthem, when the point is to listen, not act.

December 31, 2007 at 4:00 pm
(162) dave says:

sure can tell who has served their country and who hasnt! When ever in a public situation the MC/speaker will announce please face the flag as the Anthem is played, some salute, some put their hand over their heart, others do nothing, depends on training. Same with a U.S. flag passing by in a parade, training and patriotism shows. The allegiance has probably been more standardized thru out the U.S.
Regardless of his ‘foreign schooling’ he wants to be the commander in chief, he should learn what is correct and do it, its hard enough to command respect, without displaying outright disrespect for the country. And I’ll say here as I always say, no one has the right to serve in public office unless they have served their country first.

January 1, 2008 at 10:08 am
(163) dstrong says:

I am appauled by this picture. What was he thinking. Shame on us if he ever gets elected into presidency. If one is to proud for any reason to not put there hand on their heart while reciting the pledge of allegiance, they have no busines running for president. What a total lack of respect and I don’t care who you are. I AM AN AMERICAN AND PROUD OF IT.

January 2, 2008 at 5:50 am
(164) Informed Justice says:

The picture was taken during a rendition, albeit botched, of the NATIONAL ANTHEM not the pledge of allegiance. Maybe my years of schooling and scouts have served me wrong but you do NOT place your hand on your heart during the National Anthem. Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.

January 3, 2008 at 3:23 pm
(165) Cecilia says:

The President of the United States must be a leader, and his/her patriotism to the country must NEVER be in question.

January 5, 2008 at 9:56 pm
(166) Susie says:

I am appauled by this hoax email and embarrassed that family members don’t check out an email before they send this off to others. I replied “to all” who were sent this email with me because I fell it’s racist. It took me 2 minutes to find out it was a hoax. Some racist, unintelligent person was angry I replied to him when I replied to everyone. He even sent me a red-faced yahoo smiley at the end of his email letting me know that he did not appreciate my email informing him it was a hoax. I inclueded a website showing him it was a hoax. Now, if it were true wouldn’t it be all over the news? Poor Mr. Obama, and all who are treated in a racist way when he has dedicated his life to public service. I’d like to know what the racist do to help their fellow man. I am not a Barack Obama lover; in fact, I am voing for John McCain, but I am sick to death with having to put up with emotional creeps who want to “believe what I want to believe,” and they’re annoyed that I showed them the truth. Still, another family member sent the same email out to me later, and he had erased the first family member’s request to know if the bogus email was true. I have little respect and am ashamed that these people are my relatives.
After all, this man is not playing the race card saying it’s time a black man get in to the president’s office. I am glad about that because the truth is he isn’t a black or white man biologically or spirtually. I wish him all the best!

January 6, 2008 at 1:13 pm
(167) courtnee says:

ummm first of all saying that obama didn’t put his hand on his heart is considered to be raciest is just stupid. Just because i think barak is the antichrist doesnt mean im rachist grow the f up! I dont go around saying people are racist twords white people when they say they hate busch! By the way everyone voting for obmam is stupid! and me saying that doesnt mean im racist so SUSSSIE or what ever your name is stop playing the race card its really annoying!

January 6, 2008 at 5:20 pm
(168) Asya says:

After wataching the video of Senator Obama at the event, I do not think that he refused to be a patriotic American. I said refused. As you look at the video you can clearly see him singing along with the song, nodding, (not as much as Hillary) but his overall body language was in agreeance with what the song represents and his history as an American. My only suppose is that he just got caught in the momment and but he was still very reverent and even clapped and nodded good job to his collegues. So, he’s a person who made one honest mistake. Were the others being non-American for not singing? I mean really. I do understand that someone would notice this and even question. I don’t think it’s necessary to say that he’s not worthy of being our President. We knew that Gerogy wasn’t worthy on the secong time around. He had a real chance to prove that. Barak hasn’t done enough in my eyes to prove that he’s not worthy. He deserves a chance and I actually don’t think that he’ll let us down.

January 7, 2008 at 9:41 pm
(169) Richard says:

So this gentleman feels he can put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem when he feels like it, and leave his hands down by his zipper when he feels like doing that?

And he thinks we will let him get away with that kind of disrespect for our flag and our nation?

Then he is an idiot, unfit for office!

He hasn’t been elected President, and already he is acting as if he is above the rules that the rest of us gladly follow.

We already have a President who thinks the rules don’t apply to him. We don’t need another of that ilk in the White House.

January 8, 2008 at 1:39 am
(170) Sunan Joop says:

Barack Hussein Obama is a self-acknowledged active member of the Trinity United Church of Christ. This is an all-black “Christian” church whose website clearly states that their members must, among other things support an allegiance to Africa (not the USA). That’s why he hesitates to show the traditionally accepted demonstration of allegiance to the United States of America, which is the hand over the heart. His heart belongs to Africa – - first and always. Is this man the kind of person you want running THIS country? Perhaps he should run for office in Africa.

January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm
(171) stink says:

It’s no wonder we have Shrub as a pres for 8 years. People are so easily dupped into believing anything. the picture is during the National Anthem at Tom Harkin’s BBQ. Most people do not put they hand over their heart during the Anthem. This is very common. Clinton and Richardson are the ones not following convention in my opinion.

January 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm
(172) Charles says:

I noticed someone said that Obama doesnt have to respect our Flag by saying the pledge or placing his hand over his heart because that is his Constitutional right. Well, you know that might be true for an average person but NOT for a SENATOR or someone that wants to be OUR PRESIDENT. If he doesnt appreciate America than he needs to GET OUT!!!

January 8, 2008 at 6:42 pm
(173) annoymus says:

We are learning about this in social studies class and its unfair to believe rumors when you haven’t even checked to see if they are true. How is it that SEVENTH GRADERS know this and adults don’t? Check your sources!! Don’t judge!

January 8, 2008 at 7:28 pm
(174) R.P. says:

First of all, NO Obama is not Muslim. He is a Christian. and NO, Obama was not sworn in on a copy of the Koran. he was sworn in on a copy of the Bible BECAUSE HE IS A CHRISTIAN, just like everybody freakin’ else except Rep. Ellison, who is the 1st and only Muslim in Congress. Rep. Ellison was sworn in on a copy of the Koran, once owned by Thomas Jefferson, in Jan. of 2007. a book once owned by a Christian from a time when tolerance and education were actually valued.

January 8, 2008 at 8:42 pm
(175) R.P. says:

In response to #156, kudos to you, annonymus. So sad to see a bunch of adults acting like preschoolers isn’t it?

January 8, 2008 at 8:57 pm
(176) R.P. says:

In response to #153, the TUCC’s 10 point vision, #4 includes “a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.” The vision as well as the rest of the TUCC’s web site DO NOT claim this commitment at the expense of an individual’s commitment to country. I can see the argument, but i know far too many Christians who belong to Churches with odd clauses in their vision or mission statements. Half the time they don’t even know the clauses still exist and they only belong to this church or that, because their family and / or community congregate there. If you don’t like the man, then just say you don’t like the man and be done with it. No one person is perfect – GW certainly isn’t. I too am not perfect, are you? The only perfect human that ever existed was Jesus and even he lost his temper once in the synagogue.

January 11, 2008 at 6:47 am
(177) Lynne says:

IN RESPONSE TO Post #14, PLEASE DAVE!

So, if someone puts hand over heart during Pledge or Anthem then next day goes out and commits murder, are they a better American than someone who didn’t put hand over heart?!
Give me a break!!! It is aboslutely meaningless nonsense. Get in a tizzy about something that actually matters!

January 11, 2008 at 12:08 pm
(178) GEB says:

The fact that he has disrespect for the flag (and therefore his country) is only one little eeny teeny reason to not vote for him. His policies and views on the issues (when he provides one) provide many major gigantor reasons to send him packing. God Bless and help America.

January 11, 2008 at 10:23 pm
(179) shafer says:

I’ve seen the video from where this picture was extracted. Not only does he not place his hand over his heart during the national anthem, he is also fidgiting back and forth, anixious for the song to end. While the other people on the podium, hands over hearts remain still and respectful. “sometimes yes, sometimes no”. Its not a question of I’ll follow the tradition on occasion, It’s a question of do I respect what the flag stands for….Mainly the men and women who have given their lives for that flag. Also reading your version of debunking the hate emails that are being sent your basis of information to debunk them is your reading of Barack’s three books…I find no proof either for or against any of these statements from just reading his own account of his history.

January 12, 2008 at 6:56 pm
(180) Grace says:

I was raised on a military base and went to a military school. I was taught that you place your hand over your heart during the pledge of allegiance. During the national anthem, you place your hand over your heart only if you are in uniform, otherwise, you stand at attention. I do not find anythign disrespectful about not placing one’s hand over one’s heart during the national anthem.

January 13, 2008 at 11:35 am
(181) Bruce says:

BO…just another flip flopper. Yeah, he can say he was against the war from the beginning, hell, he was not even where he was supposed to be on the day of the vote and he did not vote…so it is easy to say that now. I think he had it ALL planned out. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and just like the rest of those left wing lib people, he wants to take advantage of those who cannot make a decision on their own in their poor miserable boring life.

January 13, 2008 at 10:08 pm
(182) steve says:

Most of you probably never even served in the military or did anything to defend your country. You are probably a bunch of arm chair quarterbacks.

January 14, 2008 at 3:51 pm
(183) G. Mitchell says:

This is not the Pledge of Allegiance, where it is customary to place your hand over your heart every time.

This is the National Anthem. Think about when they play the anthem at a ball game. Most take their hats off. Some salute. Some put their hands over their hearts. Some just stand reverently.

I guess if you want to attack a person, you’ll find a way.

When I heard this rumor, I was told, “Did you hear Obama turned his back on the flag?” Turns out the whole stage had their backs to the flag.

January 14, 2008 at 7:09 pm
(184) Rick says:

I’m not an Obama supporter, but isn’t it odd that no one else is “facing” the flag as is customary during the pledge or anthem, or whatever was really going on? I didn’t take my hat off in a church one time. I should burn for such a thing. Grow up America. George W. Places his hand over his heart correctly, and look at what he’s done to the country.

January 14, 2008 at 7:30 pm
(185) Nancy says:

I think not saluting the Flag is a seriouse
thing especially for someone who wants to be
our President. That is not to say he is not
worthy. Look what we have in the White House
God help us get thru what is left of his term
maybe we can salvage what is left and pull back together. There are so many things that are wrong these days,no prayer in schools, everyone having to worry about offending someone with an innocent statement. We need to get back to basics in this country and start caring about each other. We need to let
the government know we are tired of them taking care of themselves and forgetting the people who put them in office. I watch sports when the National Anthem is played and I am always disappointed at what I see but if we are not teaching our children when they are young and in school (because we are afraid of offending someone) what can we expect. If someone is offended by our National Anthem or anything else American I say go somewhere else.

January 16, 2008 at 1:57 am
(186) rene says:

It is sad to even read some of your comments and to even see that some of you are willing to accept that it is ok for some individual trying to hold the highest office in this country not to respect the very essence of what the United States stands for, the flag is not just a piece of cloth, it is the symbol of freedom, a symbol of liberty. May I remind every single one of you that this beautiful country is right now in war, that in this very minute someone is dying for your freedom, and you are going to tell me that it is ok for this human being that wants to be our next president not to salute our flag, our anthem, heeeeeell no. IT IS NOT OK, if he doesn’t have the respect for this country than he should not even hold the office in the senate let along the president, and by the way what does our current (whatever) president have to do with this morons ideology.

January 16, 2008 at 12:40 pm
(187) lisa says:

This is ridiculous? What has this country come to? Of all the thousands of men and women who have fought, died, and are still fighting, we want a man like Obama to be our president! If he was at all intelligent he would have at least acted like he had respect and saluted the flag. I personally am not part of the armed forces, but my father was and to think that a person wanting to be President would refuse, or even “forget” to salute our flag is so unworthy. What would our forefathers think of all of this crap? It’s time for us as Americans to get things back in prospective.

January 16, 2008 at 10:24 pm
(188) Jen says:

Oh come on now people… dislike Obama for the right reasons (ie: you disagree with his politics), not because of some story you read on email…

#1: It’s the national anthem… I don’t put my hand over my heart for the national anthem, do you? I can’t count the number of times I see men remove their hats and place them behind their back.

#2: So… it’s bad that he fidgets on stage? Really? We’re going to go there? Who *doesn’t* fidget a little bit (unless you’re wearing a US armed forces uniform) ?

#3: No one else saluted the flag, so are none of them worthy? Would you all assail Hilary or another Democrat for that? Anyway, why should they *have* to salute the flag after the anthem? It’s a matter of respect mostly relegated to the military (unless you’re dealing with raising/lowering/parade).

#4: For all those people talking about how awful it is that he wouldn’t wear an American flag pin… While pins are *technically* ok (as long as they are worn on the left lapel)… please do me a favor and brush up on your flag etiquette. How many people display their flags in poor weather? How many people leave their flags out at night without a light shining upon it? How many people let their flag touch the ground or become worn and frayed? How many people throw their flags out when they become worn (newsflash, you’re supposed to BURN it)? Did you know it’s NOT ACCEPTABLE to wear the flag (as on a tshirt, or the like, especially if there is writing on it)? Did you know it’s NOT ACCEPTABLE to use decorations with the flag on them (ie: napkins, plates, etc)?

How many people are guilty of violating any one of these etiquette rules? I can honestly say that, outside of government buildings, I have yet to see more than two or three people displaying the flag in a properly patriotic manner.

Why am I saying this? Perhaps, just perhaps, people should look at their own behavior when throwing stones at another. This sort of rumor-spreading, hate-mongering behavior gets us (as a country) nowhere. Just because *gasp* Obama might have violated some etiquette rules does not preclude him from being a capable and effective leader (no… his politics do that enough on their own).

We, as a nation, need to start looking at more than past sexual relations and past history with alcohol and start looking at relevant points like the politician’s capability to lead and position on issues important to Americans (the tanking economy, Social Security…). If you hate Obama because he’s black or because *gasp* he forgot to salute and you neglect to actually look into what he stands for, you’re doing this country a disservice.

January 18, 2008 at 7:20 pm
(189) henry Stilton says:

This is not an urban myth that needs debunking. He was one of six who made a very clear statement. It doesn’t matter because he is not electable. The truth not covering your heart as an American LET ALONE AS A PRESEDENTIAL CANDIDATE IS LUDICROUS! He was sending a message to his real constituents overseas. There is no reason to give him a second thought because he will absolutely never take the office of the Presidency.

January 21, 2008 at 1:33 am
(190) Danny Williamson says:

All four of them are not even facing the flag which is behind them! They were actually listening to to someone sing the National Athem. At sporting events you will see thousands of people looking just like Obama every day! It’s not like he got drunk and shot someone in the face.

January 24, 2008 at 12:07 am
(191) Erick says:

Hire a president that touts the Constitution. That single document is your ticket to freedom if you can manage to live responsibly.

Only ONE candidate recited the pledge of allegiance and that was Huckabee, this while other candidates including Ms Clinton just rolled their eyes as if it didn’t matter. If you don’t like the fact that he’s a Christian, Consider a Muslim for President. Then, and only then will it be legal to beat your children to death for not believing in Muslim Ideology.

Blood runs deep, and always will.
Huckabee has my vote.

January 25, 2008 at 7:09 pm
(192) Mary says:

I never place my hand over my heart during the National Anthem but I do when I recite the Pledge of Allegiance. That’s the way I was brought up.

January 25, 2008 at 8:13 pm
(193) ReHar says:

Sara is an idot!!!!

January 26, 2008 at 9:23 pm
(194) teacherman says:

Here is a picture from Fox News no less of President Bush with his hand… you be the judge… during the national anthem so do we impeach him?

January 28, 2008 at 9:02 pm
(195) Jess says:

People should be ashamed of themselves. No one in their right mind would run for president and reach the primaries if they could care less about this country. Stop making up idiotic rumors about Obama. Maybe you’re upset that an African American is running for president. Maybe you just like Clinton or Edwards. In any case, stop spreading rumors that Obama’s Muslim and unpatriotic.

January 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm
(196) stephanie says:

WOW..Did ANYONE ever stop to wonder if MAYBE the REASON the man did not follow proper protocal was because he is uneducated in AMERICAN TRADITIONS?? Wasn’t he raised by atheist, non-practicing muslim parents in a muslim country?? WOW I am sure they instilled AMERICAN Patriotism to his core of values.

January 29, 2008 at 7:00 pm
(197) Leona says:

It is okay for American citizens not to place their hand over their heart during the national anthem (which is the improper method) because it is their constitutional right. However, becoming President means becoming the Commander in Chief which does entail certain rules. The military people have to obey commands placed on them by the government. These military people are no longer private citizens, they are property of the United States Government. They do not have a choice but to salute the flag. It is military regulations. Is Obama stating that he cannot guarantee that he can follow the rules all the time? Is he setting an example for our military that it is okay to be disobedient? Commander in Chief is the head of the military. What is he stating to our military?

January 29, 2008 at 7:47 pm
(198) shawnna says:

aaaaahh this is absolutly pointless not everyone puts thier hand over thier heart and it doesnt matter so why put it out all over the place!! just because he doesnt do that doesnt mean he doesnt respect this country. i dont put my hand over my heart so are you going to put that all over to.

January 30, 2008 at 12:16 am
(199) Steely Dan says:

This is why the half the world hates you and the other giggles at you, America. I feel sorry for the millions of sensible Americans who are tarnished by those who believe not having your hand over your heart during a national anthem is treason.

January 31, 2008 at 7:13 am
(200) Monica says:

In this day and age we should more be worried about who is going to do the best job for the people not whose hand is where. Like who is going to fight for our troops to come home. That is silly of everyone to think he is not a real american when our schools can’t do the pledge anymore cause of everyone complaining about but now you want to complain that he isn’t real..What is is that this country is in deed of help and everyone needs to focuse on who that is not because the man didn’t put is hand over his heart. We worrie more about that than how many troops have died in the useless war that isn’t getting us anything but more troops dead and other people are getting rich off the war. If we are going to be politicaly correct then lets do that…The USA Can’t say the real reason why they are cause we still have to pretend that race isn’t an issue but in all reality it always has and always will be an issue in the USA. The darker your skin the more USA don’t like you and don’t get me wrong some people bring themselves more problems than they need but racism is still alive and people still judge on that and that alone. No, I am a white person but I have seen in all my life. Everyone pretending that it don’t exist anymore and noone is doing anything about it. The USA is the only country with many different cultrals and different faiths….That scares most but at rhe same time even if you a white jew you can get you butt kicked just for that factor…We need all need to wake up and see what is really important..Our kids aren’t safe and we aren’t safe….Would you like it if someone kicked you butt just because you were born…No, and you wouldn’t like have to worrie about walking down the sreet and being beat just beause of your faith or race….We let all the races in the USA but we torture them for being here…Lets just live our lives and leave everyone alone if you not helping stay to your self don’t make it worse. Like the saing goes if you have nothing nice to say the don’t say it at all that goes for action to…If you can’t help then don’t make do anything to make it worse.

January 31, 2008 at 12:36 pm
(201) Mari says:

Amazing that the hate-mongers strike again. We must respond to this sort of hate speech that was used because my guess is that the net and airwaves will be flooded with it. People in my party understand that after the Bush Administration foibles, most thinking people will insist on a change of parties in the White House. It will take years to get us back to a morality that once again allows us to have prides in diversity, love of country, the American Dream as evidenced by Obama. For those circulating this lie, shame on them. Seems before wasting all that effort in hating, they would take the time to research its veracity. However, so many lies lately, so people have probably given up checking. I am sad to say, my party has blown the last 8 years and we need to apologize to Americans for Republican excesses.

January 31, 2008 at 2:20 pm
(202) Kelly says:

Read the United States Flag Code people.
§171. Conduct during playing
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. Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and retain this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed, those present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed there.

No pride in our country from our leader will be a big mistake.

February 1, 2008 at 8:33 pm
(203) Iva Rose says:

This man wants to be Commander in Chief. I don’t think so. This is no way to win the respect of those in uniform who give so much every single day so everyone else can sit on their lazy butts and constantly complain.
Those serving our country deserve so much better.

February 1, 2008 at 8:58 pm
(204) Ruby says:

Kelly (185),
How many people do you know that actually KNOW they’re supposed to put their hand over their heart when they hear the National Anthem? How many people actually DO IT? And I’m sure there are people who can’t do it–like those who are PLAYING the National Anthem in the band. Duh!
Why can’t people who want to make a mountain out of this mole hill get a life? Find something else about his politics, something REAL, that you don’t like and scream about that! This is such a dead issue….Sheesh!
I wouldn’t be making another comment about this issue except I keep getting the same D*$@ forward every week! And I e-mail the sender back with the facts! When will the craziness end? Sigh!

February 3, 2008 at 12:52 am
(205) John Q says:

Personally, I think the whole hand on heart ritual is kinda silly. People who judge others’ “patriotism” by their adherence to empty ritual clearly have no idea what it means to support the ideals of this country.

February 3, 2008 at 7:50 pm
(206) Beth says:

Since this email was sent to me AGAIN recently, it was on my mind tonight when I watched the start of the Superbowl. I noticed that some athletes had their hand over their heart, some stood politely, and that a large group of servicepeople in fatigues did not salute. I found this further confuses things for those of us watching from home. Were the servicepeople actually filmed during the singing of the national anthem or was it a “prerecording”. Either way, based on what I saw at this national sporting event, and what people have posted here, there is a big range in what we have been taught to do to show respect during the national anthem. I was taught to stand respectfully at attention and to only cover my heart when reciting the pledge. As many others have said, there’s so much more for us to consider in choosing our next president! Whomever you support, please don’t perpetuate lies and half-truths by forwarding these types of hate-emails. Not so many years ago (before the WWW), if you spread these type of rumors about someone, you could be sued for libel. Please check your facts with one or more of the great websites dedicated to this purpose before sending on a forward, positive or negative.

February 4, 2008 at 9:51 am
(207) Jeff says:

OH my GOD!! He didn’t put his hand on his chest!!! That is so bad!!! I think he must hate AMERICA!!!! Hahahaha! ARE YOU SERIOUS??!!! Get a life!!!

Barack will be President, and he WILL one of the best leaders for this hurting country EVER!!!!

February 4, 2008 at 1:12 pm
(208) Andrew G says:

I’ve seen and heard enough motivational speakers in my life to be able to identify Mr.B’s real talent.He has never given and real info on how he will make this “Change” happen.If you want to feel good,go to church,we’re electing a Commander in Cheif.

February 4, 2008 at 1:21 pm
(209) Proud U.S. Airman says:

OMG~ You say to worry about the “real” issues? You say “Iraq with upwards of 4000 American soldiers dead” Those soldiers would tell you that the National Anthem IS a big deal. That singing that, hearing it when you are in a country 3000 miles away from anyone that loves you, reminds you of all the people back home. All the people back home that have no IDEA, NO CLUE what they see on a daily basis and obviously DON’T CARE as long as they can continue to bask in the freedom that they provide.

Susan~ You say “Those who scream the loudest about manic “patriotism” are simply redneck jingoists who like to make a huge, blustery, obnoxious display of their so-called “patriotism.” I’m serving my country, I wear the uniform and I’ve been to Iraq protecting YOUR “patriotism”. You seem to have no idea what that flag and that song represent. Serve a term in Iraq, see your best friends die, see enough suffering to last you a lifetime, then you can sit back and say that those of us that KNOW, truly KNOW the price of freedom are simply “jingoists”. However, I hope you realize that because of such people, you are able to post your nattering here! Sleep well, your “rednecks” have your back!!!

For those that asked, yes, everytime the National Anthem plays I stand and pay my respects. At the ball game, at the mall, at Sea World when they open and I’m standing out there with my children. YOU BET YOUR A** I DO!!! How else would I expect my children and others to learn if I can’t teach by example. I would rather teach the ignorant around me rather than breed it!!!

It may be “simple symbolism”, but for some of us, that “simple symbol” is what got us through some very cold, lonely and scary nights. RESPECT THAT!

February 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm
(210) Brenda says:

How superficial. I don’t give a rip if he puts his hand over his heart! I don’t always do so when I hear the anthem played. Does that make me unpatriotic? No. My father and brother both served this country as Marines, as did many other people in my family! I sent care packages to Iraq every month for our soldiers, sent e-mail cards almost everyday, started a local support group and I have caucused every election year since I was old enough to vote. But, let one of you catch me at a ballgame during the National Anthem without my hand over my heart and all of the sudden I am unpatriotic!! Get a life!! And actually read about the candidates and thier positions before passing judgement by means of a damn picture you got in an e-mail!!!

February 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm
(211) Paul says:

wow I saw the super bowl yesterday where pretty much no one during the anthem had their hand of their heart what disrespectful jerks (sarcasm). Most people probably think that you put your hand on your heart only during the pledge not the anthem not saying Obama doesn’t but as usual its just a stupid overblown story that only the far right could come up with. By the way to the clown who said don’t believe CNN or CNBC sorry moron I would never believe a word that comes out of anyone on Fox News because you all are so brain washed its fun to hear your rantings against the other news networks when fox news has been proven to be the least informative news network.

February 4, 2008 at 8:22 pm
(212) Marc Sanders says:

Obama should not hold any office on state or national level. He is a muslim and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know this. Anybody is the USA that says or does anything to publicly reject the patriotic emblems of America need to pack their bags and move to another country. Those in public office should be held to a higher standard. The Bible says to whom much is given much more is required. Oh yes I am a Christian. And those who say church and state should be separate are mislead. Our country was founded on one God the God of the Israelites and his son Jesus. I’ve got many quotes and prayers that our forfathers offered up for this country in its infant years. Abraham Lincoln and George Washingto called the nation to a fast to overcome the problems we faced. Any Christiand or American that votes for Obama is not a true follower.
Obama after Kerry lost the last Presidental election was interviewed on Meet the press and hear is basically what he said. The republicans won because of the moral vote of the people. He was asked what do the democrates have to do to win. He said get on the peoples level. From that time on he has focused on making the people believe he is for them. He is a Muslim that joined the Church of Christ for a vote. The Muslim religion will have a lot to do with the end of the world as spoke of in the Book of Revelations. by the way if you don’t believe the Bible just read Matthew chapter 25 and look at today. Wow it was wrote over 2000 years ago and predicted the problems we are in today. Christians better pray for the write man to go into office because if Obama goes in Christianity and our alliance with Israel is doomed and the saints will soon be Raptured out. Don’t vote democrate or republican vote God show me who do you want to lead this nation. PS Israel wanted a king and they got King Saul and he was too good to be true but in the end he rose up with pride and all he cared about was self and lead the nation astray. God help us, not Ali, not Buddha, not Hindu but Jesus Christ King of Kings

February 5, 2008 at 8:24 pm
(213) Jonathan Edward Schilling says:

When I 1st heard about this, I was disgusted. This man will absolutely NOT get my vote.

February 5, 2008 at 8:55 pm
(214) KV says:

Well unfortunately, it appears that 80% of Americans (based on the opinions written here) either can’t read/write or both. Of course we already new that with “W”…anyway, if a hand over the heart during the National Anthem is the biggest problem that anyone can find…well, then that should say something…at least he wasn’t picking his nose. :) Sad to see too all of the “Christian” people who are completely not exemplifying Christ…I am pretty sure that God is more interested in how you treat your neighbor than whether you follow protocol. It is very frightening to me that our country is this ignorant…and explains so much about why the rest of the world can’t stand us!!! I love my country and have the utmost respect for the men and women that have given and continue to give their lives so that the very people talking within this blog can say all of the stupid and ignorant things that they do. I did read someone’s comment about the type of leader we should and shouldn’t have. Sadly it appears that we are not actually in 2008, but rather in 1958…racism, bigotry and sexism is alive and well…we were kidding ourselves all along. This country does need prayer…but not because someone doesn’t put their hand over their heart. Think about it people!

February 6, 2008 at 9:35 am
(215) leslie says:

That picture is so fake i could photoshop ten times better. :) and even if he did salute then who cares? Alot of people dont salute..i dont see what the big deal is. Is our president suppost to be holy and perfect?

February 6, 2008 at 9:39 am
(216) diana says:

Obama doesnt have to salute the flag if he doesnt want to. The fact that he didnt salute doesnt make him a bad future president. I dont salute the flag..is there something wrong with that? NO! I didnt think so. Does it make you an american saluting the flag? The reason that Obama didnt salute the flag could have been because of religion. Is there something wrong with religion now? I DIDNT THIK SO.!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah and what?? I can speak my mind if I want. And I’ll say it LOUD AND PROUD.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 6, 2008 at 7:35 pm
(217) yolanda says:

Kudos Anonymous!!! I think yours was the best post on the site..you have put us all in our place! you have responded well (and everything was spelled correctly!!) Tell your social studies teacher, and your parents, Thank You!!

February 8, 2008 at 3:59 pm
(218) Dave Peterson says:

So, you want to vote for Barack Obama?
Get ready for:
The NAACP will be funded by the government.
The black collage fund will be funded by the government.
Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton will have unlimited power.
All businesses will be required to have at least 51% black employees.
Affirmative action will become law everywhere.
Welfare recipient’s will receive a huge annual raise.
Black inner-city kids will receive unlimited “vouchers” to attend private schools.
You will begin to see wide spread desegregation in all cities.
This year I may be voting Republican…..

February 8, 2008 at 3:59 pm
(219) Adam in Cali says:

What other true investigators (not conspiracy theorists and gulllible e-mail readers) have noted, also, is that no one knows whether or not the Pledge of Allegience had even yet started (or just ended) when this picture was snapped.

It’s purposefully dubious and temper-inflaming. And it’s distributed by no-nothings via email, not CNN or ABC (et all) news. Those facts alone should be enough to, at the very least, question the statements, if not discount it all together. Americans really need to learn to think for themselves.

February 10, 2008 at 10:31 am
(220) Steve says:

Can America afford to gamble our freedom.
What if? What if obama, (which certainly has a muslim ring to it) becomes our next leader?
He may be legit, he may be a good christian and the color of his skin is not a factor. But there are too many signs and symptoms of a mole running for president and that’s not a risk this country should feel so cavalier about. If his birth name was Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson or J.C. Watts I’d feel much better. BARACK sounds like a dictator. HUSSAIN sounds like the enemies we’re fighting. OBAMA, ryhmes with OSAMA!
WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 12, 2008 at 2:01 pm
(221) Dave L. says:

I’m not an Obama supporter either. I’m a veteran & member of the VFW. What REALLY makes me mad about that video is how who ever was singing our national anthem absolutely MURDERED it. I hear this at sporting events, etc & it seems that most singers have their own rendition of our nations anthem. Most of the time it absolutely disgusting. As far as Obama & the hand over his heart, that could have been an oversight. I am worried that he chooses not to wear a flag pin on his lapel, thats NOT an oversight.

February 13, 2008 at 1:54 am
(222) sandra weston says:

I have a son in the United States Marine Core. I am shocked and upset by this!! Do we really want this man being our Commander and Chief?? Do you want this man directing your son or daughter that is serving in Afganistan and Iraq, or other??? I certainly wouldn’t. I mean if he can not respect the anthem or the flag, then how in the world could he possibly be able to feel for our young people other there??? At least the others were patriotic!!

February 13, 2008 at 1:56 am
(223) Tiffany Vess says:

You know this rendition of the Anthem was kinda disrespectful too! Not so good!! I have heard better. It is appalling that he not reverence the flag.

February 13, 2008 at 6:39 pm
(224) JC says:

I’ve been reading the comments and there is only one thing I have to contribute that hasn’t already been said.

I really had to laugh when someone said that Obama rhymns with Osama. Is that what makes him a terrorist? Well, Bush rhymns with Tush. Does that make him an ass?

February 14, 2008 at 7:03 am
(225) olddoggy says:

The first time I saw this lout he gestured a young female aid to open a door for him even as she was hardly able to hold on to arm fulls of his papers and such.I said to my family at the time “the D party is in big trouble if they run this jerk”

February 15, 2008 at 7:51 am
(226) Jared says:

Thank-youuuuuuu, How can people not see that obama is a freakin muslim, what the hell…so weare going to have a racist black muslim in office, wowwwww, this is freakin great…Im moving to Mexico if when he gets elected!

February 15, 2008 at 11:00 am
(227) Bob Jackson says:

IS THERE ANY HOPE? We are such a gullible people. WHO, pray tell – established the PROPER ETIQUETTE for the National Anthem? The Anthem became formalized as our National Anthem in 1931. I had Never heard of etiquette extending beyond what Emily Post (the Czar of etiquette for so many years) who wrote; The National Anthem: Everyone, even very young children, should rise and remain standing during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It is not easy to sing, and you need not do so if you do not have the necessary range or “ear,” but you must stand quietly until you hear “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

If you are on the way to your seat at a sports event, or in any public place, when the strain, ‘Oh say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,” sounds, stop where you are and stand at attention until the end. Don’t talk, chew gum loudly, eat or smoke during the singing of the anthem.

TO ME, IT’S COUNTER TO INITIATE ANY ACTS THAT DIFFER FROM WHAT’S NOTED ABOVE. But I’ve adapted to “What Others Do” – to deflect attention. But BE CLEAR “THE HAND OVER THE HEART” IS NOT the symbolic posture FORMALLY and consistently expected (up until, maybe the 1960′s.)

Barak Obama is a patriotic, honorable, highly-intelligent, respectful and positive individual. If you elect not to be supportive of him – O.K. Support whom you wish, but don’t support your candidate by CREATING DISHONEST, MISLEADING & DISHONORABLE AND MANUFACTURED LIES about this honorable man!

February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm
(228) Will Willer says:

You’ve got to love the Republicans here. As long as their president sticks his hand on his heart during the national anthem, it’s perfectly okay to lie his way into a trillion-dollar war and kill thousands of Americans. What a sick joke you people are.

By the way, I don’t even support Obama. But this junk is ridiculous.

February 15, 2008 at 9:20 pm
(229) blondieone says:

This whole topic is stupid.
Whether or not someone holds their hand over their heart during the National Anthem does not determine their patriotism and to say it does is just bullsh*t. I don’t always put my hand over my heart and it doesn’t mean anything. I was taught, as many others have been, that if you are facing the flag then you can put your hand over your heart. If not, you don’t need to. Why didn’t the other turn around and face the flag? Too busy posing for photos?? Do you really think that a man who is running for President this year would stand up in front of a crowd of people and try to make a statement about his patriotism?? Come on you morons…you do have brains, right?
You could have a terrorist standing there with their hand over their heart and a bomb strapped to their chest ready to go off at any second. Hand over the heart proves nothing. God, what a lot of idiots. I didn’t realize we had so many stupid people in this country.
By the way, I’m Republican and I am not voting for the guy.

February 16, 2008 at 11:25 am
(230) Paddy says:

PEOPLE…..Please observe any wildly popular public event, specifcally football and NASCAR.

Observe the patriotism there….you will be either disgusted at the sight…or reminded of your own folly and unattentiveness, at times. Yet….I dare say most of those observed ARE good Americans.

“I heard it in an email”
P E R F E C T Observation

February 17, 2008 at 10:43 pm
(231) Mel says:

You are supposed to put your hand over your heart during the “Pledge of Allgiance” not during the National Anthem. People need to be able to filter thru these types of negative propaganda and get to the truth. Obama is not a Muslim! Do some research people.

February 21, 2008 at 12:11 am
(232) paul says:

think about this. Barrack [Hussein] Obama. enough said

February 21, 2008 at 6:31 pm
(233) Morphisto says:

The pledge of allegiance is stupid and the whole idea of borders and one country or people being better than another is retarded. I respect people who won’t engage in that kind of fascism. The National anthem is terrible, too: All that war nonsense in it. “America the Beautiful” is a much better song to represent our country and is our national anthem as far as I’m concerned.

February 22, 2008 at 9:43 am
(234) j.t. says:

UNITED STATES CODE
TITLE 36
CHAPTER 10

PATRIOTIC CUSTOMS
* § 170. National anthem; Star-Spangled Banner.
* § 171. Conduct during playing.
* § 172. Pledge of allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery.
§ 176. Respect for flag.
§ 177. Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag.
* § 178. Modification of rules and customs by President.
§170. National anthem; Star-Spangled Banner
The composition consisting of the words and music known as The Star-Spangled Banner is designated the national anthem of the United States of America.

§171. Conduct during playing
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. Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and retain this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed, those present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed there.

§172. Pledge of allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, ‘I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’, should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.

February 25, 2008 at 7:58 pm
(235) ams says:

Symbolism is not very important and this is silly. What is important are our citizens dying in an illegal war. THAT is important. Do you think God cares about the flag…ours or any other country’s?

February 26, 2008 at 12:10 am
(236) zachary1985 says:

Gracious. No hand to heart? Since when did an adopted and numerously modified military salute from the 1930′s become a litmus test for authentic patriotism to a nation that was born 154 years prior? I go to plenty of high school football games. I’m more concerned when a white-born, Catholic, maybe even Baptist, American boy talks through the national anthem than I am when an American Senator, even though standing in respectful attention during the Pledge, does not place his hand over his heart. Better be careful about those black, Muslim-pretending politicians. Some day the papparazi might catch them praying with their eyes open.

February 26, 2008 at 4:06 pm
(237) brent Aucoin says:

Obama has said he sings the national anthem and puts his hand over his heart for the Pledge of allegiance.

All you people who are saying he is unpatriotic do me a favor next time your at a sporting event look around while the national anthem is sung you might find more people forget to place their hand on their hart then you think.

don’t be dumb

February 27, 2008 at 5:43 pm
(238) Rob Aldrich says:

I have seen a lot of people do it, but since when are you supposed to put your hand over your heart during the national anthem?

Putting your hand over your heart is for the pledge of allegiance.

That’s probably why the article lies and says it was the pledge of allegiance when it was actually the national anthem.

February 28, 2008 at 10:01 pm
(239) gtm says:

Knowing that radical islamic muslims have been moles in this country for up to 20 years and dear ole barak had an extremist dad really doesn’t lead me to sleep well at night thinking the fox might be guarding the hen house. The damage that he could do as president would be unbelieveable!!!

February 29, 2008 at 6:37 pm
(240) Dave says:

This main question over Obama being muslim or not… do you think that if he was actually muslim, he would admit to it?

March 1, 2008 at 10:07 am
(241) Sarah2512 says:

The phot is not “doctored” and for all the people who posted on here who said it was…
you are more of an idiot than the people saying it is disrespectful.

I don’t need a picture to determine why I will not vote for Mr. Obama, his name says it all.

Here is a link to the event, watch it!
http://thinkonthesethings.wordpress.com/2007/11/02/barack-obama-refused-to-say-the-pledge-of-allegiance-youve-been-played-for-a-daggone-fool/

March 4, 2008 at 12:41 pm
(242) dave says:

Religion is going to be the downfall of man. Why is everyone so concerned about religion? The bible, quran,torah, and other biblical books are full of shit. If you read them and scientifically the things that occured in these books never could have happened. These books are so outdated and written by a HUMAN that claims he saw god and has had a direct relationship with god. If Barack becomes our president lets see what he can do for this country. When he speaks he is very intelligent in what he says, much more than Pres Bush. If he is appointed in office lets see what he can do for this country instead of reading rumors about him being raised as a “radical muslim”. For you religious people, try reading about the big bang theory and Darwins thoughts on evolution. Those sound much more logical than saying “God made it all”.

March 5, 2008 at 3:44 am
(243) mel says:

It has become customary that you do not sing when someone has been chosen to sing the national anthem. It is disrespectful to not participate in the hand over the heart. The candidates could not view the flag since their faces must be shown. Even though many are facing toward the camera, Barack is not. His stance seems to find the whole event boring if not troublesome. I don’t feel that he will be able to lead us and it has nothing to due with his race, religious views, or behavior. It’s more on his political position. America is a proud country and a determined one at that. He spills one view only to change it another time around. I don’t believe that many of the candidates are ready or willing to take on America’s problems, but I do feel that Obama is the last to fulfill these duties. I just hope many that decide to vote will look at all of the candidates (everything they have said and done) before casting their vote. Just because they are great speakers, one should validate their position before voting them in.

March 5, 2008 at 12:05 pm
(244) dee says:

wake up people ..yeah, this guy is fooling us all and god help us if he is elected our next president..his wife too

March 5, 2008 at 2:01 pm
(245) crshokie says:

I think everyone’s getting mixed up! During the Pledge of Allegiance, you put your hand over your heart. During the National Anthem you sing! In the video in question, Barack Obama is very obviously singing with his hands respectfully in front of him. Some people put their hand over their heart and some don’t. There are many instances of leaders (George W. Bush, for instance) being photographed during the National Anthem with their hands in front of them. I can’t understand why this is so important to people, but since you’re discussing it, just thought I’d add my two cents!

March 6, 2008 at 11:46 pm
(246) George Tirebiter says:

The singing was terrible.
Standing respectfully is not disrespecting the flag you bunch of Bush electing fubared idiots.

March 10, 2008 at 12:30 am
(247) Danny says:

(13) Exactly, he has ZERO qualifications, nor does Hillary. CIC has to be some way connected to military or CIA. Losers can’t lead the greatest military power in the world.

March 14, 2008 at 9:46 pm
(248) lori says:

how can he lead our free country when he is bound by his past and religion by ignoring what we practice? If he is somehow elected President then God have mercy upon this United States and the time to pray is now not later.

March 15, 2008 at 12:16 am
(249) sherri says:

Hi, I am really amazed at all of the different opinions. I guess I will give mine. I do not have any intentions of voting for Obama for many reasons.My comment to the individuals that are saying he has a right to his choice….not as a president running our country and setting examples for everyone. The president should respresent “in full” the values this country has…freedom of choice and speach yes, however, we should be following our country with respect. If you do not respect our country please go to one that you do respect. No matter who it is, Obama or anyone else.

March 17, 2008 at 7:18 am
(250) Peggy says:

This is a doctored photo. What is holding up that hugh flag. It is obvious the flag is nailed to something. There is no structural support visable. There is one indication just behind Obama. There is a single support showing but also a definite sky spot cutting into the grass in the background. Like the flag was put in later. Just a casual observation.

March 17, 2008 at 7:14 pm
(251) Dinnis says:

Americans are so freakin’ stupid! To worry about if someone knows how to honor the flag yet say nothing about the idiot who ruined this country & ignores our veterans. Chickenhawk “W’ salutes the flag, goes to church & screws regular Americans everyday. We should vote on their ideas, plans & who they will appoint to positions. This is right wing bullsh*t to keep our minds off the real issues. UH OH, here come the Chickenhawk O’Reilly-Rush patriots to tell us about the liberal media. Now there is a real example of stupid! Chickenhawk liars!

March 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm
(252) jr says:

It is what it is! It makes me scared why Mr. Obama would want to be president of a country he does not respect and is clearly racial and a complete muslim…..hidden agenda, maybe!!!

March 21, 2008 at 12:22 pm
(253) Wild Bill says:

As a Boy Scout and a soldier in the U.S. Army I was always taught that the proper etiquette or protocol (not law) was to place your hand over your heart while saying the Pledge of Allegiance and stand at attention looking at the flag while the National Anthem was played. If in uniform, you should salute, but THERE IS NOTHING SAYING ANYONE HAS TO PUT THEIR HAND OVER THEIR HEART DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!!! You just have to stand quietly and respectfully, as Senator Obama was doing. Those who were placing their hands over their hearts were confused, as many Americans seem to be. Oh yeah, you also are not required to stand when someone sings the grammatically incorrect “I’m Proud To Be an American.”

March 28, 2008 at 12:34 am
(254) rmr says:

Not respecting nor upholding the traditions of a nation one wants to be president of should be a red flag to every citizen who can add one plus one. How naive have we become?? This can only be a drop in the bucket of surprising events awaiting just beyond the horizon if this is the type leader we place in the top office of our nation. Life as we know it in this great land will be over.

March 28, 2008 at 12:40 am
(255) rrk says:

Many, many reasons right down to his name is why I will not cast my vote for him. WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP!!!! I would agree with so many others, it’s time for a change, but God help us all if this man goes in the Oval Office!!!!!! TOO MANY RED FLAGS HAVE SURFACED!!!!!

March 28, 2008 at 11:41 am
(256) Laura says:

This is a ridiculous conversation. Watch the national anthem being sung at any sporting event, it’s NOT customary to put your hand over your heart. I’ve never in my life done it for the anthem, only for the pledge. We said the pledge and sang the national anthem in school as a child and were never taught to keep your hand over your heart for the anthem. People need to grow up and listen to what the man has to say and not nit-pick every tiny thing that the media or the Republicans use to stir you up. You’re being led and manipulated and falling right into the trap.

March 28, 2008 at 11:43 am
(257) Laura says:

Can you people NOT READ? He DID put his hand over his heart during the pledge of allegiance, READ THE ARTICLE you’re commenting on. But it’s not customary to do it during the singing of the national anthem, which is when this photo was taken. TRY READING an article before you comment on it.

April 3, 2008 at 2:54 pm
(258) Brucer says:

The fact that you idiots believe this crap make you all unfit to elect ANYONE!

April 4, 2008 at 6:17 pm
(259) Jackie says:

If you are the CEO of a large automotive manufacturer, you’d better drive a car made by that company. Hopefully you will do it because you are loyal to your firm, because you believe in the product you produce, and to show support for all the hard-working employees of your organization. But whatever your reason, driving a company made car is the smart thing to do. Drive around in another make and you’re sure to cause controversy, alienate your stockholders, and quite possibly lose your job. It won’t do you any good, either, to point out that some of the workers on the line or secretaries in the office drive vehicles made by other manufacturers. There is only one CEO in the company, and you have to live up to everyone’s expectations.
That is why this picture and the Obama campaign’s response to it are so important. What we have here is a picture of a major presidential candidate making a major mistake. While I appreciate and agree with the opinion that Sen. Obama should show respect and support for the flag and those who have fought and died for it, the most disturbing point is that here is someone who either doesn’t know or care that this is the smart thing to do. I could accept the fact that maybe this one time his mind wandered and he just wasn’t paying attention, but the official response from his campaign that “sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn’t” cannot be overlooked.
Sen. Obama has made a big issue out of bringing Americans together and respecting individual rights and beliefs. When he fails to show proper respect towards the flag of the country he wants to run, he is overlooking a large group of citizens who feel this is very important and whose opinion he should respect.

April 4, 2008 at 7:41 pm
(260) JIM says:

AN OLE VETERAN SAYING APPLY’S TO THIS OVERALL APPLICATION– IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK,LOOKS LIKE A DUCK,QUACKS LIKE A DUCK—-PEOPLE,ITS A DUCK, THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE STUFF, NEVER GET MY VOTE AND I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM SEEING WHAT A DUCK LOOKS LIKE

April 7, 2008 at 10:44 am
(261) WedRowan says:

Sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn’t show respect… in a public situation. How can you say that does not mean anything? Will he show more respect publicly when “he” is president and his wife is really proud of being an American (for the first time)? Or will they continue to indulge their anger and show contempt for America? Their obvious immaturity and self indulgence of the “press” is all too obvious.

April 9, 2008 at 3:43 am
(262) wild bill says:

Do you want change to the worst? Then vote for the Muslim,Racist,Cokehead, Who claims to be a Cristian and you will get your wish!

April 11, 2008 at 10:35 am
(263) Jay says:

I have watched many sporting events where the players are spitting, scratching themselves or talking during the playing of the national anthem. They know they are on tv but still do it. Do we stop going to or stop watching the game? Are they reprimanded in any way by us or the press? Nope. Now the arguement turns to wanting to be our president. I know of several presidents who pledged to the flag and did the appropriate things in the national spotlight only to cheat on their wives, make secret deals with foreign companies or governments and break into the other parties political headquarters. I don’t always place my hand over my heart during the national anthem but I’ll fight to the death to defend this country. It’s what’s in my heart not what’s covering it.

September 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm
(264) Dan House says:

Exactly. No one puts their hand over their heart every time. Many athletes seem to care less. Just because Mr. Obama does it, it becomes an issue.

April 21, 2008 at 4:02 pm
(265) Tab says:

This picture is going around again and of course I watched the video…but how did anyone miss the fact that while he doesn’t have his hand on his heart he is totally singing along to it. Anyway I thought it was interesting…

April 21, 2008 at 4:25 pm
(266) Carm says:

To all those of you who can never find anything wrong with either Obama or Hillary, all you need to do is look at the picture and see that the other people DO have the hand over their chest.

May 5, 2008 at 9:55 am
(267) Interested says:

Emery’s citing MediaMatters,org as a counter example to the Time Magazine reporter’s photo and the alleged ABC video is nonsense; it calls Emery’s credibility into question. While the reference to a MediaMatters post may be factual, Mediamatters is a George Soros funded secular-progressive propaganda and personal smear “machine”; it’s not to be trusted.

May 15, 2008 at 10:57 am
(268) chal says:

This flag pin and his patriotism are very REAL concerns for many Americans. His Chicago UCC’s website ( especially before revisions ), tells a lot about the man and which direction his “leanings” follow – along with his voting history.

The Pledge and the National Anthem “hand” issue go “hand in hand” with his church’s doctrine of “pledging allegiance to Africa and their own.”

Now this tells, along with above controversies, where his allegiance “really” lies. He didnt spend 20 + yrs in a church and now just “hear” what was going being said by his preacher ( he said in a speech that he basically sought a church because of his NEED to have a church for political reasons. i.e. Obama’s UCC SYNOD “campaign” speech ). Plus there is a video out of him “nodding his head” in agree to what Wright is saying that can be found online.

Nor is he good buds with Wright, Jesse Jackson, Farrakhan, Resko for no reason. And I believe his now denouncing Wright is just as Wright said – for political reasons, and nothing more. I am sure they are still good buds and when he has a position on his cabinet, you will believe it too! :)

May 20, 2008 at 4:01 pm
(269) Ray says:

David Emery you disgust me. It’s the UNITED STATES tradition to put your hand over your heart while you recit the pledge. The people of this country do it everyday, children are brought up doing it in schools everyday, it’s the United States TRADITION. If America loses it’s traditions, it’s lost our identity. And if you want to lead the country you must follow the traditions of that country. And if he had no trouble saying the pledge or saluting the flag, then what the hell is stopping him from putting one hand over his heart? What’s the big deal? I’ll tell you it’s because the pledge of the United States isn’t the pledge that stands closest to his heart. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but there is when you want to lead the damn country. I don’t know who’s paying you Emery but I sure hope it’s worth sounding like an idiot.

May 21, 2008 at 3:47 pm
(270) Daniel Lee says:

Wow there are people in this country who arent blind. I am very pleased to see that i’m not the only one that knows that Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy is completely ascinide. It might be true that people dont place there hands over their heart for the national anthem but as a presidential candidate you should respect the flag the most and place your hand over your heart out of respect and love for the flag and those who have sacrificed for this country not because it is a requirement. I guess thats the problem for all politicans, none of them know what it is to sacrifice for this country none drop everything when a war is going on and leave their nice offices. They all sit at a desks making decisions to further our problems and get payed hundreds of thousands of dollars to do it. Like a friend of mine said voting for politicans is nothing but picking the lesser of two evils when it comes down to it… and for those who say we should worry about problems like the economy and stuff like that instead of petty things like not covering your heart, no man that cant even love this country enough to put his hand over his heart during the national anthem whether or not it is required will beable to fix the problems of this country

May 21, 2008 at 4:03 pm
(271) stevenjhon says:

were having think turtles places friends every I’d surprise along and one day,

May 21, 2008 at 10:55 pm
(272) Diomedon says:

This is misleading. The poll we are asked to vote in asks if your opinion was changed by “internet rumors”. The picture of him not saluting the flag is real. Also, he didn’t–in this instance–sing the anthem. The attached comments simply refer to this instance, not his whole career. Thus, this is not a rumor but an incident. Is this article that biased that it tries to pass this off as simply a rumor?

May 22, 2008 at 1:44 pm
(273) urbanlegends says:

Diomedon,

No, what we’re discussing here is a rumor. Did you note that the emailed photo was by a text claiming that Obama “refused” not only to salute the flag, but to say the Pledge of Allegiance? Rumor.

May 28, 2008 at 8:13 pm
(274) suetiggers says:

If anyone is REALLY pays attention to that clip of Obama, he is SINGING (along with many others) the national antham….(maybe the other candidates didn’t know it, should we assume?? :)
The craziness about Obama is I think just plain old American-as- pie racism, maybe stealth racism Just the old white people craziness….and it’s probably the guns and god white people too.
from an unrepentedly LIBERAL white female feminist/ atheist….(well you knew we all were anyway, right?)

May 29, 2008 at 4:09 pm
(275) diogeorn says:

My son says there is a 30% rule which states that 30% of people will believe ANYTHING, even with evidence to the contrary. This nonsense about Obama falls into that category. The few people with whom I’ve spoken who believe this crap have an IQ barely above room temp. Of course, the vote of a total moron is the same as the vote of a well informed person, so I’m not sure what you can do about it in a democracy like ours.

June 1, 2008 at 10:00 pm
(276) B Mullin says:
June 1, 2008 at 10:03 pm
(277) B Mullin says:

It’s not a rumor. Here is a link to the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwog6E08CFU

June 2, 2008 at 8:50 am
(278) Phil says:

It never ceases to amaze me that such amazingly jingoistic comments can come from my fellow Americans.

We should strive to be proud for everything our history, flag, and constitution represent. Unfortunately, many Americans choose to be patriotic fools unable to question our leaders, be they Democratic, Republican or otherwise.

June 5, 2008 at 5:50 pm
(279) Sid says:

§ 301. National anthem

(a) Designation.— The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
(b) Conduct During Playing.— During a rendition of the national anthem—
(1) when the flag is displayed—
(A) all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart;
(B) men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
(C) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; and
(2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode36/usc_sec_36_00000301—-000-.html

June 6, 2008 at 10:26 pm
(280) RFB says:

If a Presidential candidate cannot place his hand over his heart during the National Anthem, I have no use for him! There is also the flag lapel pin issue. Senator Obama had a whole list of reasons why he didn’t wear a flag lapel pin. A short time later his staff made a huge announcement so that EVERYONE would see that Obama WAS wearing a flag lapel pin! If you ask me, he is just another routine politician running for office. He is nothing more, nothing less. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing fooling a bunch of “sheeple” who think their savior has come. Wake up, America! You are about to be buffooned into the steepest taxes and weakest nation you have ever seen if you elect this left-wing nut!

June 10, 2008 at 4:37 pm
(281) Veronica says:

I don’t know about any of you, but did you HEAR AND SEE the video surrounding all of this hyped controversy? LISTEN to the singer – I sing the National Anthem when it is played I’d have a REALLY hard time singing along too. Do I put my hand over my heart – I’m not really sure now that I think about it – probably…? Oh, I guess my response makes me LESS American, LESS patriotic and I should move to another country. I saw Senator Obama singing the parts he could on YouTube – it was a difficult rendition to sing along to. I will say that considering the extremist way in which this mere snapshot is retold and manipulated – I will remember this on Election Day with my vote. What has not been mentioned is that Senator Obama believes that the Pledge needs to be put back in the classroom, that he supports thorough and timely medical support for our war veterans, to include the latest advancements in technology for those who have served their country so valiantly.

June 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm
(282) Andrew says:

He is purely UNAMERICAN, Quit your whining Liberals

July 1, 2008 at 9:31 am
(283) joed says:

When I was a kid growing up we said the pledge daily and sang the national anthem daily. It was piped into all of the class rooms on the PA system. We were taught to pledge our allegiance by placing our hand over our hearts. Singing the national anthem was just that singing an anthem. It was not treated as a pledge or any type of solemn vow. fast forward 20 years and we have totally removed God from our schools which is where I learned the pledge and anthem so I think it is a bit hypocritical to expect people to know how to exhibit proper etiquette during the national anthem when the only time we are exposed to it is at a sporting event. I didn’t even know we were allowed to say the pledge of allegiance in public anymore, I figured the ACLU already put a stop to it. I have never in 39 years placed my hand over my heart during the national anthem. And don’t question my patriotism either, I’ve dodged my bullets and still continue to serve my community upwards of 500 hrs/year through volunteer organizations.

July 7, 2008 at 2:12 pm
(284) Tom says:

Obama does not like the Anthem because of the lyric “the bombs bursting in air” if he was President in 1814 he would have ordered the white flag be raised at dawn instead of the 15 star flag of the U.S. at Ft McHenry

July 9, 2008 at 4:05 pm
(285) Zaidat says:

The flag code states:

“all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart”

So if we want to get down to the nitty gritty, technically they are all wrong since none of them are not even facing the flag! Yet Obama is the “bad guy!” Whatever!

You will see that they are not even saying the Plendge of Allegiance (someone is singing it, someone who needs to be silenced cause she sounds horrible anyway.) I personally think they look silly with their hands on their chest. Even in football and baseball games when someone is singing no one holds their hands to their chest. They stand with their hands crossed hanging down. Notice that the audience does not hold that stance.

Please check these out:

http://thinkonthesethings.wordpress.com/2007/11/02/barack-obama-refused-to-say-the-pledge-of-allegiance-youve-been-played-for-a-daggone-fool/

Here’s more:
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2007/11/obama_nabbed_by_the_patriotic.html

http://my.barackobama.com/page/invite/patriot

July 9, 2008 at 5:33 pm
(286) Joel says:

There are a lot of references to U.S. code or other regulations that say “all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.”

But this cannot be entirely correct, particularly the part saying “all present.” Consider the case of foreign nationals: would a foreign national (such as a German citizen) be expected to place a hand over the heart during the American pledge of allegiance?

I would think not, but I’m interested to hear what others have to say.

If we can agree that foreign nationals would not be expected to, then it isn’t too much of a leap to say that different people show their respect in different ways and that putting the hand over the heart should not be construed as a sign of disrespect.

July 12, 2008 at 2:28 am
(287) common sense says:

Cmon people, his name is Barrack Obama. This is muslim, argue all you want, but you know the truth. Use common sense, Im not a McCain fan, but at least he fought for our country. And also, its obvious Michelle Obama is a joke…a racist joke. What is wrong with the people of our country?! No wonder the rest of the world is laughing.

July 13, 2008 at 3:30 pm
(288) Dennis says:

It’s sad that these are the only two choices. I’m not a huge fan of McCain but given the FACT that Barak only started wearing our Flag on his lapel & insisted on being sworn into office using the KORAN ect. ect. I could go on.I don’t see it as a Black/White issue. After all Barak is half White. I see it as a STRONG LEADERSHIP we need.
Come on people. At least McCain LOVES his country and PROVED it! How can a man know anything about the history of his country when it’s taught very early in our schools? Seems to me Obama wasn’t raised here right!
Wake Up America and VOTE for a TRUE American.

July 20, 2008 at 5:09 pm
(289) Bob says:

What a bunch of idiots on this site!

Do you actually believe EVERYTHING you read? Come on… try to think for yourself… do some research. A lie repeated over and over is still not truth. However if you throw enough shit up against the wall some of it is bound to stick. ESPECIALLY when it comes to people who are intellectually lazy.

Obama did NOT swear to any office with his hand on the Koran… that was ANOTHER guy. Do the research. Who CARES whether he wears a flag pin. Wal-mart uses the red-white-blue in their logo and sell goods made in sweat shops. A symbol means nothing.

A photo is a single SECOND in time. For all we know he had his hand on his heart and took it down momentarily to scratch his ass.

WHO cares?! If you want to know what the candidates think and feel… BUY THEIR BOOKS and read them… IF you are literate. They have each published at least THREE.

Both of these men are men of good character.. McCain AND Obama. Their politics differ… so vote for whomever fits most closely with your own mindset. Read the ISSUES and quit making this a contest of personalities and RUMOR.

And quit lying to promote your candidate.

I am embarrassed to call myself an American reading this drivel. People who can’t spell, idiots who believe every rumor that comes along. No wonder the rest of the world either laughs at us or despises us.

August 3, 2008 at 3:42 pm
(290) H. Oat. says:

In the video showing Obama not putting hand over heart, you’ll also notice many people walking and moving around and even using both hands to photograph and videotape the event. Today’s generation doesn’t seem care much about the proper patriotic etiquette. Also, some of the candidates are facing the flag directly behind them, while we don’t know what Obama and the other candidates are facing (could be they are facing the lady who is singing the anthem.)

I’ve been to baseball games where, when the national anthem is sung, you see the same behavior: people walking around, some facing the flag, some sitting down, some buying hot dogs and beer. As a country, we can all be judged unpatriotic by this type of lax behavior.

Unfortunately, the hand ove the heart during the national anthem has become an antiquated observance that many simply don’t follow anymore. Personnaly believe it much more unpatriotic to wear the flag as your underpants, or even take a notion to burn the flag, but we’ve come to embrace those behaviors as culturally acceptable also.

August 3, 2008 at 9:24 pm
(291) professional says:

Hello. I think you are eactly thinking like Sukrat. I really loved the post.

August 5, 2008 at 10:53 pm
(292) Jerry ford says:

obama is not an american black-his father from a muslim decent and his mother white. he believes (as democrats do) that it is ok to kill babies before birth, also he believes in taking GOD from our state and country. You cannot be a christian and vote for this man.

August 6, 2008 at 7:09 am
(293) Jack says:

Heaven forbid Obama should be elected President. Perhaps he might uphold whats left of the Constitution that the current administration has been allowed to shred to peices. The hand over the heart is not obligatory but adhering to the Constitution is. In fact its part of the oath Dubya took….and lied about

August 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm
(294) Mike says:

Jerry -

“kill babies before they are born”?

Last time I checked, it’s not a baby until it’s born. Before that, it’s a fetus.

August 8, 2008 at 7:02 pm
(295) bob says:

This is all about signals of belonging, and submission to the group identity. It’s not about “respect” for anything – respect is an interior event, not a posture that others can see, and enforce. The rage here isn’t about “lack of respect”, it’s about adopting an arbitrary pose, and submission to the norms of the tribe.

August 9, 2008 at 2:55 pm
(296) CRD says:

This is Un-American! it’s insulting to all those who gave their life for that very flag! plus as for the person that said why not vote for a dubious leader like all the other countries, HAVE YOU EVEN BOTHERED TO LOOK AT THE FACT THAT OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE THAT ARE IN A MUCH WORSE STATE THEN WE ARE! If Obama were to get in, then we would have an Un-American, low class moron to bring us down in to tragedy! he doesn’t even know the beginning of what America stands for!

August 10, 2008 at 11:04 pm
(297) Mr. Anonymous says:

I personally don’t give a damn over patriotism and nationalism. I never salute any type of flag. I don’t believe a fig of the many Mr. Obama’s rumors. I think this is plain racism of the lowest kind. Continue making thse comments, and I will vote for Mr. Obama. Initially I intended not to vote neither, but your negative campaign against Mr. Obama is forcing me to vote for him. What is thrown, comes back again like an Australian bumerang!

August 12, 2008 at 3:50 am
(298) RangerGordon says:

Why should anybody be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance anyway? It’s always seemed weird and idolatrous to me.

The fact that right-wingers make such a big deal out of the pledge is strange, considering that Francis Bellamy was a socialist.

August 15, 2008 at 4:08 am
(299) Lorrie says:

i served in the U.S.Army and have no respect whatsover for obama or any person who backs him.i have attended many pro and not professional ball games and have always seen the utmost respect for the flag and anthem spoken or sung as it deserves.bfore you judge what you should and should’t do when the flag is presented or anthem spoken or sung.it’s simple. google ‘flag rules’ or speak w/ someone in or who has been in the military.they will tell you in a big hurry where your hand and hat should be.military in uniform will be saluting old glory.in my opinion obama was very disrespectful of our flag our homelandand what America stands for.
and for the person who for ‘personal’ reasons will not place her hand over her heart you are either missing youre hand and for that i am sorry.or you have no heart to place youre hand over and i hope you are not raising children with this same disrespect

August 16, 2008 at 3:55 pm
(300) Moe Brainwashing says:

It’s pitiful that self-proclaimed patriotic folks equate putting up a show for a piece of fabric with embracing long-lasting intellectual values. The most vibrant, patriotic citizen of our country is not the idiot who follows brainwashing, arbitrary rules concocted by corrupt government officials, but the one who stands proud and defends the civil liberties of all those whom he or she disagrees with — especially those who don’t wear dumb lapel pins. Those who don’t, but follow the dumb ritual should give their citizenships away to more deserving people. Those who actually believe in the tenets of the Declaration of Independence.

And you might as well as served in the Chinese army, because your beliefs are not from this land, they closely resemble those that are promoted by tyrannies.

August 16, 2008 at 6:34 pm
(301) Anonymous says:

to all those who think he is muslim you should learn alittle about koran befour saying anything cause if he was muslim he would be praying 5 times a day and he wouldnt eat pork and on a certain month he would not eat anything till like 6 oclock (i think) if he was muslim ppl would know. i think your just racist and dont want a black president and so what if he doesnt put his hand up i thought america is all about freedom!

August 25, 2008 at 5:57 am
(302) rd996 says:

Why do too many americans allow themselves to get hung up on something so minor? This is why europeans look at the USA and shake their heads. You do realise the whole thing has probably been concocted by those of a different political colour to stir up resentment, right? Seems to have done the job.

September 4, 2008 at 3:16 am
(303) Debbie says:

I do not think Obama should run this country. I am sorry to say that I do not think he is Christian and even if he was he is not a very good one. I am not saying I side with Bush, but McCain seems like a good middle man. I’m not old enough to vote yet but I am learning. This country was founded on the principles of God and Jesus Christ. I would rather have someone like McCain, who is gung ho, rather than Obama, who is more-er-relaxed about his religion. We need someone who will remind everyone what this country is about! If we lose God then we are lost forever. I do not trust that Obama will lead people back in the right direction.

September 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm
(304) chuckhamann says:

I’m sick of people saying people are prejudice of Obama because he’s black. It’s not because he’s black. It’s because he’s an arrogant, lying, Muslum (death to America), a**hole.

September 10, 2008 at 12:29 am
(305) Neal Myers says:

The requirement that all in attendance must put their right hand over their heart (if not in uniform) when the national anthem is played is a recent PC change. The morons who voted for the law didn’t realize that the Queen of England is now required to place her hand over her heart during the national anthem when she visits the White House.

September 12, 2008 at 3:05 am
(306) oldvet says:

Once while in the USMC I forgot to salute the flag when colors played and i caught hell for it for the rest of my time in that platoon. I think that because he was at a cookout has something to do with him being laxed on placing his hand over his heart. I see no problem you know maybe he forgot.

September 14, 2008 at 11:24 am
(307) freddie crouch says:

I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT OBAMA WAS A TERRORIST IN AMERICAN CLOTHES.. HE DOES NOT BELONG IN ANY PART OF OUR COUNTRY’S PLANS. HIS FATHER WAS A TERRORIST AND DIED A TERRORIST. THE APPLE DOESN’T USUALLY FALL FAR FROM THE TREE. HIS WIFE IS A NON-BELIEVER IN GOD…. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU. HE WON’T BE GETTING MY VOTE IN NOV. FREDDIE CROUCH

September 15, 2008 at 6:28 pm
(308) ted says:

People like Freddie Couch are the problem with this country. Too many people vote based solely on religious views. It’s quite hypocritical actually. You would think someone boasting such laudable religious ideals would display a little less brummagem jibber-jabber.

September 16, 2008 at 10:54 pm
(309) Brendan Nerney says:

Okay, you a very bias author. He did, indeed, not recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Fact fact fact. And Mediamatters is a FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR left site. I personally am a Moderate and voted for Bill Clinton, GW Bush, and GW Bush, and now am voting Republican again because no Democrat is yet to impress me.

Surely, you cannot call it a ‘Myth’ simply because you WANT it to be.

September 16, 2008 at 10:57 pm
(310) Brendan Nerney says:

To all of you that said it is also a constitutional right NOT to say the pledge, you are misguided and probably Canadian socialists… If you are RUNNING FOR OFFICE it should be MANDATORY for the sake of holding TRADITION and being a TRUE AMERICAN. Even Ted Kennedy opposes him!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APx2YJ-_jos&feature=related

September 18, 2008 at 11:59 am
(311) Wolfgang Bloom says:

How funny. Bush has murdered innocent people by being an enabler on 9/11 and then continuing the bloodshed with Iraq. His “second in command” is a blood sucking psychopath that couldn’t care less if you were dead or alive……Yet, we speak of this silly crap. How STUPID are YOU people to actually believe he wouldn’t sing the national anthem!!? Are you insane?? Even he if were all the horrible things you say don’t you believe he’d at least fake it? You people are completely ridiculous and trivial and facing the wrong way. Wake up. And this from a person who isn’t voting for anyone Nov. 4th because there is no man nor woman standing up that is good enough to represent America.

September 18, 2008 at 8:08 pm
(312) James O'Hara says:

This has got to be the stupidest thing I have ever heard. I won’t vote for him because… Pure BS. You won’t vote for him because you’ve made decisions about him that are based on propaganda that has repeatedly been discredited, time and time again.

He’s not a Muslim, he’s not anti-America (clearly – you don’t get your party’s bid for hating America and promoting Marxism), he’s not a black supremacist, he’s not from Mars, Loch Ness or the Bermuda Triangle.

Pay attention. Learn the difference between fact and hearsay. And if you can’t be bothered, don’t vote.

September 19, 2008 at 2:07 pm
(313) LovesAmericaForever says:

It may not mean a lot to some people when someone like Barack Obama doesn’t put their hand over their heart when the Pledge of Alliegance is being said or when the Anthem is being played. To people who’ve lost loved ones in the many wars that America has gone through as well as those who are currently serving in the military have a right to be upset about it since they are the ones who consider the many people (and their families) when they place their hands on their heart. My family has had many generations of people being in the military and we (along with many other people) think about the many people who have put their lives on the line on a daily basis when they go off to war so we can go on living life in the FREE world while the people in other countries have to watch what they say whenever they’re out in public. I know that Barack Obama is not the person that I want for a president due to sooo many different things.

When a politican or anyone doesn’t put their hand over their heart; it’s bound to send mix messages to the voters; especially those who have had family members serve and die in the military, those that have served and able to return home safely, as well as those who are currently serving in the military now.

September 22, 2008 at 12:06 am
(314) Murdock says:

When are all of you whining sissy liberals going to get it through your heads your not running against G.W. Bush anymore his term is over. Good grief is that the only excuse you whiners have to use, still whining about Bush? for God sakes get over it.

Obama doesnt salute the flag during the pledge of allegiance what do you expect from a communistic, socialistic, confirmed american hater. You elect this boob and we are on the fast track to hell for the next four years bank on it.

September 27, 2008 at 12:42 am
(315) David says:

In the 52 years that I’ve lived in the United States (since my conception), I’ve never heard that one put one’s hand over their heart during the national anthem. The tradition is to stand for the national anthem, and hand over heart for the pledge. And ok… he’s not singing the national anthem. How many sporting events do we see where the athletes aren’t singing along??? Most of them. Godless communists, all those NBA, NFL, MLB players. Too bad… I guess Shak can never be president….

September 27, 2008 at 4:13 pm
(316) ARodgers says:

Children are not taught in schools to place their hands over their hearts while singing the National Anthem, only the Pledge of Alligence. Why is everyone making this a big deal when children aren’t even taught it.

September 27, 2008 at 4:24 pm
(317) Andrea says:

And for all those who say is is traditional to put your hand over your heart, it is also traditional to face the flag as well if your hand is over your heart. Everyone in the photo/video have their backs to the FLAG!!! I guess they are all wrong!

September 28, 2008 at 11:36 am
(318) Nate Jones says:

It is, for the last time, a singing of the national anthem, not the Pledge of Allegiance.

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/sliming_obama.html

Read that instead of the spam emails that you trust so much, Murdock. Oh, and watch this video to see the “communistic, socialistic, confirmed american hater” RECITING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

http://cdn.factcheck.org/video/pledgeobama1avi.wmv

Also, please feel free to search all around the aforementioned site, as you will find that there is no bias, and they debunk things that both candidates have said in ads and debates.

This means you and all who sound as ignorant as you, Murdock.

September 28, 2008 at 10:26 pm
(319) Brett thoughtfully says to the haters says:

Do we still have the basic right to freedom of religion. Do you call the people at your local high school football game who do not sing the nation anthem unpatriotic or Un-American or even communists. These same people are doctors lawyers and even church deacons. I cannot believe the level of common racism that still exists today. The people who spout unjustified,uneducated white bread hate are not brothers of mine and only embarrass me and my family as Americans. Who did we take this country from? That makes you and me descendents of thieves. How have we tried to shove our political and religious beliefs on other countries whether wanted or not. I think a good man whether black white or green will overcome you backward ignorant false accusing self promoting so-called Americans all day long. I hope I raise my children to be more tolerant and never to listen but always to educate themselves on the truth no hateful words.

September 29, 2008 at 10:21 am
(320) Erin says:

Good grief. I have never placed my hand upon my heart to sing the National Anthem, but I have for the Pledge of Alleigiance. This? This is what the right wing has latched onto? Well, other then the Muslim thing…oh, and that Obama is the Anti Christ. Get a grip! If you want to see true evil, look at the photos of Cheney, Rumsfeld and Libby standing next to NIXON, and flash forward to today. There’s your evil. Every day closer to November 4th makes me more and more proud to be a Democrat. The debate cinched it for me-as McCain stood there, not looking at Obama, with that snotty little smile, I thought he looked an awful lot like Bush. Focus people. The goal is to elect a President who will not continue the policies of the past 8 years. Unless you think those were good policies. In that case, good luck to you in the next 4 years, and please continue stepping over the poor on your way to rape and pillage my helath insurance, investments and taxes. Obama will bring change, hope and a global respect back into the White House. How is that bad? He is not a Muslim, and even if he were so what? The majority of the men on those planes 7 years ago were from Saudi Arabia, and you don’t see Bush banging that door down do you? Muslims are not bad people. That is like saying all Christians support Fred Phelps and those awful killers of Matthew Shepherd (sic). You cannot lump practicioners of a religion together, and say that all of them are bad people. But I digress. Obama will, hopefully, be the next President, and this country is in for a few changes. And, I, for one, am excited for those changes, hopeful for the future, and happy that, hopefully, my son will be able to look at November 4th as a day that America stood up and said, “No more.”

September 30, 2008 at 7:49 pm
(321) bb says:
October 1, 2008 at 12:23 pm
(322) badhoghead33 says:

Standing up and paying attention is proper in the national anthem. One should place their hand over their heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. Why this is an issue, I don’t know. Obama has continued to prove his civic duty throughout his life. Stop passing on falsehoods and ignorant thoughts.

October 4, 2008 at 2:15 am
(323) scentedcandle says:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/anthem.asp

this site shows some times when his hand was not over his heart…but then it showes when he does…it also shows him saying the pledge of alligence.

October 6, 2008 at 12:02 pm
(324) mari quist says:

The photo is on “snopes.com”.You type in whatever you are searching for and it shows up.

October 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm
(325) 100% American says:

Barack Hussein Obama hasn’t enough experience to lead this country out of the mess created by Pres. Clinton in his final days of office (When he signed the bill that changed the mortgage industry forever by allowing EVERYONE the RIGHT to own a home whether they could afford it or not!) While Barack is a fabulous speaker, a handsome man… his plans are beyond reality and will only result in raising taxes further. He has no plans to cut out of control spending but instead wishes to install more programs, such as Universal Health Care (which a current commercial now shows him backwashing). How will these programs be paid? They won’t. We are already in trillions of dollars worth of debt. Unless Barack plans to hand over the millions he received for his campaign from his allies in terroristic countries… these programs will never fly. Barack wishes to “save” the people who are losing their homes. Well, that’s great and nice but there are only 6% of people in America losing their homes. The rest of us (94%) are paying our mortgages on time and doing it the right way. He wants to bail these people out and who will pay for this bail out? Yep… all of us who are paying our bills. Know the facts people. He wants to make bankruptcy laws more lenient to allow an easier process for those who have over extended their credit and are now in debt. Easier? These people spent like crazy and put themselves in debt and we want to make it easier on them? I guess the responsible Americans will be forced to pay for the 6% who aren’t responsible. Thanks Barack… with you in office, we can expect unfairness across the board and more and more taxes.

October 7, 2008 at 11:29 pm
(326) Kyle says:

Obama is dangerous, I dont want him to be the next President.

October 8, 2008 at 2:22 am
(327) ben says:

It appears to me that you suggest all of these findings as “false” because you wish barack obama to be president. You may “say” how you would like it to be, but facts are facts. I am from the obamas home toun in kenya. His cousins are power hungry muslims that slaughter christians and he supports them. He has numerous ties to terrorism and cells. Say what you will to persuade people to your ignorange. but it will show itself in the end as will he.

October 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm
(328) London says:

meow

October 8, 2008 at 12:54 pm
(329) London says:

why do people refer to him as black?? I call him white–at 50 /50 there is no difference. Only a racist would have a problem with that — black or white – he didnt want to put his hand too close to his face because he had just picked his butt… and he will be the next Pres. – gauranteed!!

October 8, 2008 at 3:39 pm
(330) Kelley Johnson says:

I am so sick of this crap! People run their mouth and they have not even watched the video’s or tried to see the reasoning. Its just a rumor that they run with. Its pure ignorance.

October 10, 2008 at 10:34 am
(331) Kris says:

If you vote for McCain…be prepared to pay more taxes. He’s giving the rich more tax breaks and taxing the middle
class even more.

I don’t understand people that are up in arms about Obama’s name being a muslim name. That doesn’t mean he’s a
terrorist or supports the muslim ideology. I mean…my maiden name is Engfurtner, that doesn’t mean I’m a nazi nor do
I support the nazi ideology. We didn’t choose our names.

October 12, 2008 at 3:03 am
(332) Marine Mom says:

For God’s sake people, wise up or follow like lemings into the sea! Stop believing everything that lands in your in-box or we are all doomed. I am the Mom of a Marine, a life-long Girl Scout/Leader, whose middle name should be “Patriot”, and I do not ALWAYS put my hand over my heart during the singing of the National Anthem as that is not what I was taught. For the Pledge of Allegiance, of course! But Barack was not reciting the Pledge, he was singing the Anthem. And as far as his mouth not moving??? Gee whiz, do you ever stop to take a breath while you are singing? Photos can be taken in a second and doctored to suit anyone’s needs or agenda. Listen to what this man has to see about the issues at hand and then use your brains to THINK for yourselves rather than vote based on some Urban Legend.

October 13, 2008 at 6:59 pm
(333) Keith says:

How In The Hell Can You Still Salute The Flag
After Our Last Two Governments – Wake Up Blind Boy!!

October 14, 2008 at 6:01 pm
(334) Terra_Morpha says:

Out of the mouths . . . . . .
This week-end a plumber (not someone earning $250k/yr) asked B.O. why the tax policies he had drawn up would cost him (the plumber) so much more per year than he was paying now, when he wasn’t earning a huge amount of money as it was. B.O.’s reply was to the effect that, although not meaning to punish him for working hard and building up a good business, he would like to see other people behind him getting an equal chance at the money, and that he believes that if you share the wealth around, every one is better off.
Karl Marx would be proud, Russia couldn’t make this a communist country, perhaps the Demoncrats will, as they prepare for the coming of the Obamanation!

October 14, 2008 at 9:05 pm
(335) bob says:

IF Barrack sadam hussein osama obama wins we are all doomed..HE is not realistic and promises change which can never happen.he says what people want to hear.His politics closely resemble socialism and you no what that leads to communism!!

October 15, 2008 at 1:57 am
(336) gj says:

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the video clip of Barack Obama folding his hands in front of himself, while all others present respectfully placed their hands over their hearts during the American Anthem. I don’t care what he says he’ll do for our country, when he doesn’t even respect our great country in the first place. If you vote for him, you’re a fool! His wife stated a few months ago “for the first time, in my adult life, I’m proud to be an American.”!!!! What? You can’t be serious!!!

October 15, 2008 at 11:03 am
(337) john says:

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s probably not an eagle….

candidates are coached regarding their body language and every second of an appearance is planned and rehearsed. When he failed to place his hand over his heart and recite the Pledge of Allegiance it was intentional and planned.

October 15, 2008 at 12:43 pm
(338) Heather says:

Regardless of anything done or said by either of these candidates, GET ON YOUR KNEES AND TURN THIS COUNTRY OVER TO GOD AND LET HIS MIGHTY POWER HEAL OUR NATION. Vote with guidance from our Heavenly Father and trust in His mighty power and grace.

October 15, 2008 at 4:42 pm
(339) Danielle says:

Not only does he not put his hand on his heart but he wants to change our National Anthem. People in this country need to wake up and realize who they are voting in! He called America oppressive.

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 it self 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.”
“I don’t think my church is actually particularly controversial.” – Barack Obama.

October 15, 2008 at 9:44 pm
(340) Betsy says:

I want to know more about his flag. He is a scary person, I don’t feel he cares much for this country.

October 15, 2008 at 11:56 pm
(341) John H says:

This picture is completely legit. It has been shown on the Time Magazine website, and there is now way they would put a fake picture of something like this on their website. Also to you that say Obama looks tall and all the heights are wrong, it is because the picture was taken at an angle! duh sorry but it really is that simple. I realize that people do not always put their hand over their heart during the national anthem, but I think that if you are running for President, it shouldn’t even be a question. Think about what he is saying about his country, even if you don’t believe in what is going on in the country now you should still show respect. The National Anthem isn’t about current politics, but it is about everything this country is about, such as freedom, liberity, and to show respect for the men and women that risked their lives for us to achieve this.

October 16, 2008 at 1:24 pm
(342) kelly says:

This is absurd! I, myself, have neglected to salute the flag, place my hand over my heart, or say the pledge-but if anyone judges what is in my heart by those actions (or lack thereof) they judge me on very little depth of information…..
with all the ugliness this country has found itself attached with, I fly my flag upside down-as an sos -and until we get our moral house cleaned out, ie: supporting the health and well being of our inhabitants, I will continue to sit during the pledge of allegiance with my hands at my side and remain mute……………..

October 16, 2008 at 5:23 pm
(343) DUGG says:

Barack Obama is a great presidential candidate and its sad that some as small and minuscule has people second guessing this mans worth as the President of this country. Do you people even know what the flag represents? I hear many say it represents the people that have fought and died for this country and that is WRONG! Do you even know the history of the Flag? What it looked liked before our current model… let me guess NO. We live in a country that gives us freedom of speech, why cant this man exercise his rights? Just because this man does not have a common belief shared by most Americans does it make him a bad person? If whether or not the man salutes the flag or not determines your choice in who you will vote for I want you to go look in the mirror and repeat after me… “SAD”

P.S. This is from a person that is in the MILITARY and has served in Operation Iraqi Freedom!

October 16, 2008 at 6:16 pm
(344) NICO says:

you can find videos aout him not putting his hand on the flag by going on youtube or other websites like this http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/anthem.asp

October 17, 2008 at 7:43 pm
(345) Elizabeth says:

Haha. Seriously….. Seriously!? First of all, he IS a US citizen! He was BORN HERE IN THE USA, this country. & if he is to be a muslim, why do we all jump to the conclusions that they are all terrorists? Pretty ignorant and racist if you ask me. My friend is black, omgggg he is a pimp and has a gun…You people point out the silliest things. Many others don’t even put their own hand over their heart while reciting the pledge of allegiance or singing the National Anthem. GET OVER IT!! & btw… I was never taught to put my hand over my heart while singing The National Anthem…. Hm. Haha. Silly.

October 17, 2008 at 10:20 pm
(346) Darin W. says:

Many good comments. Yes, his qualifications and policies should be judged first and foremost. However many of those, especially his “qualifications,” are very-very weak at best. However we are talking about someone who could be leader of our nation and commander-in-chief… he, above all should show and demonstrate patriotism to our national symbols, especially because it IS tradition. From someone who has been a leader in our military and has fought for our country, it is not only important to me, but crucial. It means A LOT more than a physical jesture.

October 18, 2008 at 12:41 am
(347) Rhonda says:

It never ceases to amuse me that the vast majority of Obama supporters not only lack spelling and basic grammatical skills, but seem to think if you don’t like the man, you’re a racist. Just because I don’t trust a man who has repeatedly turned his back on his own friends when they became a liability–a man who refuses to display the very flag representing the country he plans to be president of, that in no way makes me a racist. I don’t want to elect a man who thinks the United States has 57 states. I don’t want to elect a man who has been referred to by Farrakhan as “the messiah”, a man who has openly mocked the sermon on the mount and other Bible passages. Do you need more reasons not to vote for Barack Obama? How much time do you have? I could go all day, and absolutely none of my very valid reasons would have anything to do with racism, except maybe on the part of his devout, blind followers.

October 18, 2008 at 8:14 pm
(348) Samantha says:

He did salute!! you dont have to put your right hand over the heart like what the military does to salute. Look up the word salute and it will say to express respect which he did. Sometimes he salutes and other times he doesn’t. Lets focus on the bigger picture of politics instead of judging body language. Seriously get over it!!!

October 21, 2008 at 8:33 pm
(349) neil maccallister says:

Why do you ask if I am influenced by “internet rumors”? ..Obama is RIGHT THERE (in Time magazine) holding his hands at his pockets during the playing of our anthem. That is not a “rumor”, it is a fact! I suppose next you’ll ask, “Do you believe the RUMOR that the media are biased?”

October 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm
(350) Elizabeth says:

Maybe the custom of placing one’s hand over the heart for the national anthem varies by region. I grew up in California (in a Republican area) and was taught to place my hand over my heart when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, but simply to stand respectfully for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Apparently Obama learned the same thing.

Not a big deal.

October 27, 2008 at 3:12 am
(351) DSKitty says:

This is just so disappointing…all these smear tactics. I usually always side Republican, but this year, I’ve felt I could trust Obama more than McCain for the simple fact of seeing how McCain will use outright lies to get votes, just as he chose Palin simply to try and get women’s votes (not because she was qualified for the Presidential spot). What’s sad is my own mother also planned to vote for Obama but after someone at her work said they saw a video on TV showing Obama refusing to recite the pledge of allegence, she quickly decided to vote McCain. I personally told her to hold on while I get the facts because McCain is throwing so many lies out there in desperation to get the votes, which actually brought me to this site and many others.

Once I realized it was the National Anthem, I even had to question myself, thinking back to the last time I was in a setting where the National Anthem was being sung…did I put my hand over my heart? I honestly can’t remember because the last time was in high school. But it got me thinking of what other places people sing the anthem and my first thought was NASCAR races. Now if you’ve ever seen a NASCAR race, you’ll know the majority of Nascar races will display the biggest flags they can find and proudly and loudly display their patriotism. Then thinking back to the beginning of every race where they have someone come out and sing the anthem and as it’s being sung, they usually pan the camera over the stands. If you ever notice, only about half of these patriotic people actually sing the anthem, much less put their hands over their hearts. So would you say those people are not patriotic? Of course not, their just at a relaxed event, just like Obama was when the anthem was sung at the event in question.

Why are so many people focusing on this one moment and spinning it as some unpatriotic/unGodly attack on America? I’m sure everyone who is reading my words can think of a time in their own life where they might not have been perfectly patriotic and Godly. Shouldn’t we be focusing more on what the next president is going to do for us?

October 29, 2008 at 7:30 pm
(352) FraudACORN says:

DON”T VOTE FOR OBAMA!! HE HATES THIS COUNTRY (USA). IT IS TRUE RADICAL MUSLIMS WANT TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY. THEY TRIED TO DESTRY IT FROM THE OUTSIDE IN. THEY WILL DESTROY IT FROM THE INSIDE OUT. BARACK IS THERE MAN TO CARRY OUT THIS PLAN. REMEMBER ONE OF THE 9-11 HIJACKERS THAT LIVED IN GERMANY, PEOPLE THERE SAID HE WAS THE NICESS PERSON THEY HAVE EVER MET. THATS HOW RADICAL MUSLEMS WORK. DON’T VOTE FOR THIS RADICAL MUSLEM. HIS NAME SHOULD TELL IT ALL. IF HE WINS, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF HE SWEARS IN WITH A TOWEL WRAPED AROUND HIS HEAD.

October 31, 2008 at 1:07 am
(353) Veronica says:

Ironically, I have seen photos of other VIP’s, great patriots who also did not salute during the national anthem. I myself had not saluted during this song–and I am so proud of my flag.
Just propaganda

October 31, 2008 at 1:12 am
(354) Veronica says:

Brett thoughtfully says to the haters says:

Do we still have the basic right to freedom of religion. Do you call the people at your local high school football game who do not sing the nation anthem unpatriotic or Un-American or even communists. These same people are doctors lawyers and even church deacons. I cannot believe the level of common racism that still exists today. The people who spout unjustified,uneducated white bread hate are not brothers of mine and only embarrass me and my family as Americans. Who did we take this country from? That makes you and me descendents of thieves. How have we tried to shove our political and religious beliefs on other countries whether wanted or not. I think a good man whether black white or green will overcome you backward ignorant false accusing self promoting so-called Americans all day long. I hope I raise my children to be more tolerant and never to listen but always to educate themselves on the truth no hateful words.

November 4, 2008 at 1:41 am
(355) c. findeisen says:

who cares about not putting your hand over your heart, sometimes i do and sometimes i dont a lot of time i dont and i NEVER recite it, does that mean im not patriotic NO, atleast obama didn’t launch a missle into a plane on the USS Forrestal fire 1967 like john mccain did, does the KKK support obama hell no but they support John mccain!!

November 4, 2008 at 1:08 pm
(356) Melissa says:

I am sorry, But I have read so many comments about Bush. As far as I can recall Bush is not running for President again. This is so childish that you compare Obama to Bush. It’s McCain VS Obama. Please educate yourself on the candidates for President.

November 4, 2008 at 10:55 pm
(357) Cara says:

Can’t believe people are soooooo stupid to vote for this man. Our country is going to go to hell. Doesn’t like our national anthem or flag, well then WHAT THE HELL is he doing in our country. If he doesn’t like it then go move to another country. I hope all you democrats are satisfied with what he is going to do to our country. So when he screws us over please keep your mouths shut cause you put us in this position.

November 5, 2008 at 10:58 am
(358) David Romero says:

what do you mean it’s unsubstantiated? there’s pictures of him standing there while everybody else salutes the flag. theres videos. its not photoshopped. show me a video where he recited the national anthem. show me where he salutes the flag and recites the pledge.

November 5, 2008 at 3:11 pm
(359) Melissa says:

Sucks to be you guys. The best person to be president is now president. AND he IS patriotic. Do your research.

November 5, 2008 at 7:04 pm
(360) tom says:

obama sucks

November 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm
(361) Megan says:

Cara, you sound some girl on a prom committee who didn’t get her way for the decorations and so now: “The entire prom is RUINED! Oh my god!” Spare me, and spare us all. If Obama can send this country further into the hell it’s already in then we’ve been doomed from the start Get your facts straight. The story of Obama not liking the national anthem came from a satire article dating back to October 2007. Do you know what satire is? Considering you’re making these ignorant statements, we’ll assume for the sake of argument you don’t. Satire is the use of irony to create humor. While it is widely regarded as one of the best forms comedy, it is commonly known it is not intended to be taken seriously. Hell, I don’t even care that much for the national anthem. Everyone in this country has at some point in their lives when told to stand for the national anthem has said “shit, gotta someplace to put my beer down so I can sing this for the millionith time.” And don’t give me that unpatriotic nonsense. You show me the national anthem on your Top Songs list on your Ipod and then you can argue with me. And the Jimi Hendrix version doesn’t count. He actually made it tolarable.

November 6, 2008 at 4:57 am
(362) Scott says:

The link is for the video for this very event. Obama is the only one singing THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER, NOT the Pledge of Allegiance. Some of these rumors are just crazy……

November 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm
(363) Nick says:

Tom Sucks

November 8, 2008 at 9:30 pm
(364) Just Observing says:

#31 V. Okland I hope you are Native American.
How’s your allegiance to God or do you believe in Him. We should all be concerned about praying for our country and our new President-elect Obama.

November 11, 2008 at 9:45 am
(365) Osama Bin Obama says:

Barack? Your father wants you to come back to Afghanistan for more training before you take office in the land of the infidels. Congratulations on infiltrating their den of thieves … the White House!

November 11, 2008 at 6:10 pm
(366) Jennifer says:

Anyone who has said that Obama is Muslim, or even a Muslim terrorist is a complete IDIOT! Check the facts! Seriously, where do you get your information from? You get it from other scared and ignorant people who breed false information on the internet. Before you hit ‘Forward’ on the email or blog you just read, claiming that Obama isn’t who he says he is, think for a minute. Think for yourself for a change and don’t go feeding the fire, just because you “heard” something to be true. America is the most diverse nation in the world, with many different ethnic groups and religious beliefs. It is what makes America so special and why they call this the “Promise Land.” We all need to get along with our neighbors of all races and religious backgrounds, because our children’s future depends on it. America needs to come together for the greater good and put their differences aside. Who cares if not every American is exactly the same. They all have a great country in common. Accept Thy Neighbor. Think about what it means to be an American, the next time you are afraid of your neighbors religion, or the color of their skin. Accept that there are a lot of different types on Americans, and underneath all the unique characteristics, they are proud Americans just like you.

November 13, 2008 at 12:11 am
(367) Cindy says:

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MATTER IS…. Obama is our President because the Media & Hollywood hate Conservitive Standards & Christian Standards. They did whatever it took to ensure that Obama won. They hate an American Hero who gave his life for his country. They hate a governor who is loved and cherished by her state. They are still trying to bring her down because she represents truth and honesty. She’s her own person and they can’t stand that. However I believe in respecting those in authority so I choose to respect the office of the president and I pray for Obama. My concern is that I believe we’ve seen the last of America as we know it. I hope that I am wrong.

November 15, 2008 at 12:22 am
(368) newtopolitic says:

you all should not blame president elect Obama
for not putting his hand over his heart, you should blame the singer for killing the National Anthem, Obama must have been thinking what the hell is this woman singing.

November 17, 2008 at 1:58 pm
(369) anon says:

Cindy, you’re an idiot.
One man cannot undo our entire government and country as we know it.
Sheesh. Get off the right wing kool-aid, it’s impairing your ability to think.

November 26, 2008 at 11:35 pm
(370) Don says:

Is it true that obama doesn’t have a valid USA birth certificate?

November 30, 2008 at 1:43 am
(371) Pedro says:

Ok this country elected Barack HUSSEIN Obama as our new president. This was the very first time since Kennedy that an election was orcastrated by the media. Cara was just stating a fact that for the first time in the history of the presidential election that a man was voted in because of the media blitz surrounding all corners of the esisting media. Just look at Chris Mathews saying that Obama brings a tingle up his leg. Or when those hollywood stars all came out to kiss Obamas behind. What happend here was sort of what happend to Nixon in 1960. Nixon had no chance after the debate. So think about that after Barack HUSSEIN Obama is sworn in as president. Oh, and one other thing god bless the USA.

November 30, 2008 at 2:06 am
(372) Pedro says:

Anon. You must be one of those liberal idiots that belive that the sky is falling and Barack HUSSEIN Obama is going to part the waters and make everything hunkey dory. So why dont you just drink your own kind of liberal kool-aid.

December 13, 2008 at 9:54 pm
(373) Obama refuses to salute the flag says:

Sorry you liberals like you David Emery, the photo is not only legit, there are tons of videos on Youtube and other sites that show it.

http://www.fireandreamitchell.com/obama-refuses-to-salute-the-flag/

You bleeding heart libs can keep trying to cover up Hussein all you want, this whole BlagoGate is just the begining. Americas chickens have indeed come home to roost!

January 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm
(374) Matthew says:

as i read the comments on this board, i am ashamed and embarrassed to have to say i share a country with such lazy, stupid people who no NOTHING of politics, yet have the power to vote. Most of you probably had animosities towards PRESIDENT-ELECT Obama before any of this hype ever surfaced. God forbid we get a person of color in office, i mean, REALLY? Hussein Obama??? well, darn it all, he’s like two of America’s worst enemies all rolled into one!
Get off of my internet, you politically-challenged meatsacks.
Obama is not a muslim.
Who cares if he didnt salute? is that really an issue?

January 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm
(375) Matty says:

Sorry guys, you all saw the last of America as you know it 8 years ago, but you were too stupid to realize it.

January 30, 2009 at 10:06 pm
(376) Bob Cratchet says:

Yes, video can be manipulated–consider the thousands of hours of ex-Pres. GW Bush looking like an idiot: mumbling, distracted, unfocused, incoherent, stupidly jovial, walking into walls, lying and so on…..some liberal conspiracy really worked hard to doctor all of that footage.

February 25, 2009 at 11:45 am
(377) skl says:

I love my country but i as a christian i consider it to be an idol……

April 23, 2009 at 1:33 am
(378) junior says:

to the fancy, college educated photog (comment 45)- Apparently they never taught you the definition of SARCASM in photography college! You stupid tool!!

June 18, 2009 at 11:31 pm
(379) Deborah says:

Title 4, Chapter 1 of the U.S. Code contains the United States Flag Code. The U.S. “Flag Code” governs the American Flag in size, style and use. Here is a link:
http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/04C1.txt

BUT PROTOCOL for conduct during the playing of the National Anthem is found in a different location in the U.S. Code. It’s in Section 301.

And yes, you are supposed to salute the flag during the National Anthem AND the Pledge of Allegiance.

August 11, 2009 at 3:37 am
(380) Farrcat98 says:

Barack Obama does not respect or love America. That is evident in his actions, his burdensome taxations and his proposed social programs. If you don’t believe the hand should be over the heart during the Anthem**, that’s your right as an American, but please don’t discount the fact that all the other persons on stage were showing proper respect to our flag. If the commander-in-chief won’t publicly perform a traditional respectful act, he sends a message of disregard and contempt for established and beloved American customs. He is displaying his incredible arrogance here, not his loyalty to our country.

**Per to the United States Code, 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.”

We have a distinctly unAmerican president in our midst.

August 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm
(381) Holly says:

Obama is not fit to serve for several reasons not the least of which are his religeous affiliations and his questionable patriotism. You can’t choose to be a patriot and then waffle back and forth when you choose. Come on the guy is a person with alot to hide. I just pray the country will see him for what he is before it;s too late.

October 18, 2009 at 12:02 am
(382) Azem says:

Barak new he would be elected President ot the United States. By not placing his hand over his heart and not receiting the pledge of allegience it was a taunt, nothing but a taunt. Certainly something fishy.

November 1, 2009 at 1:57 pm
(383) John says:

The Pledge of Allegiance and the hand over heart gesture are unconstitutional methods of indoctrination and should not be required of private citizens. Therefore, I only stand at attention for both the Pledge and the playing of the national anthem. The hand over heart gesture and the Pledge are modern creations, created well over a hundred years after independence.

November 6, 2009 at 3:42 pm
(384) Bruce says:

Barack HUSSEIN Obama is a lying sphincter.

He is a disaster as a president.

He is not the Commander in Chief of the USA. He is a traitor… just wait and see.

November 18, 2009 at 3:52 pm
(385) KENT STEVENS says:

The holding the hand over the heart is not unconstitutional, or indoctrination and is covered under U S Code. If you would like the section # I would be glad to look it up for you. As far as I am concerned, Obama knew what he was doing as the other three in the picture had their hands where they should be and anybody that doesn’t do it is breaking the U S Code and is insulting any veteran that has fought or died for our freedoms. If I am at a function where the anthem is played and somebody doesn’t do it, I remind them. It doesn’t always work but I can try. And being from IL i agree with comment 366.

November 19, 2009 at 10:45 am
(386) Nancy S says:

I think the hand over the heart is very overrated as an “indicator” to someone’s honor of the Pledge or of the National Anthem. I attend lots of events where NO ONE puts their hands on their hearts. We as children did in grammar school, but as an adult I have NEVER placed my hand over my heart. I think it’s just a EXHIBITION and a public display of loyalty…….even by some people who don’t even know the words to the Pledge, or the National Anthem. So how can it mean anything – I bet half of the people writing these comments cannot recite either Pledge or Nat’l anthem. Give it a rest.

November 24, 2009 at 12:17 pm
(387) John says:

Since taking office, all I’ve heard is excuses for how disrespectful Obama is towards the country he is supposed to be serving and excuses why everything he is doing to destroy the US infrastructure is good for the country. This wannabe Hitler has not had a platform of hope and change, but of hate for anyone who questions him. His disrespect for our country and flag is just another sign of what his real agenda is: Collapse the US and turn us into another poverty nation like Mexico. Corruption is already rampant thanks to the left leaning republicans and the communist democrats. The people who still support Obama are the self haters who want to see the country fall apart and have no sense of respect for their country or those who founded it.

Also, Obama has always been disrespectful: Here is his respect to the flag on Veteran’s Day:

http://www.redstate.com/erick/files/2009/11/obamacrotchsalute2.jpg

Compare that to when he was in the presence of Japan’s Emperor:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20091114/capt.a9b065e91c6a4b3cb32ab5b20cd370a5.aptopix_japan_obama_asia_jpnd105.jpg?x=400&y=284&q=85&sig=Ljydz2nkM596RyI3NldDAw–

November 26, 2009 at 11:58 pm
(388) Joe Sixpack says:

Everything about Obama is fake; his entire history is fabricated and obfuscated. He is a creation of the banksters global crime syndicate.

Have a look at this photo which purportedly shows the usurper with Punahou School classmates, Hawaii 1976.

http://archives.starbulletin.com/2007/02/08/news/art2ax.jpg

For those familiar with photoshopped images, the dozens of anomalies will be immediately self evident. Tip for others, see how the feet do not match up with bodies from the 2nd row of kids standing behind.

This is only one of hundreds of attempts by mainstream news organs to acclimate Americans and the world to a false background of a person who has been cultivated from an early age to assume the presidency of the United States.

The image appeared on MSNBC in an article dated Feb, 2007:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17003563/

Additionally, if one understands the details of a military background check and Top Level security clearances, given Obama’s well known association with domestic terrorists and communists, he would never have been allowed to run for president.

In a real government, individuals who have shown tendencies of being disloyal or who pose a threat to the country, wouldn’t be given security clearances even for a White House toilet, much less access to the US nuclear weapons codes (The Football).

These are only a small fraction of the reasons why we know the US government is no longer legitimate. The USA has been conquered from within and a war is waged upon the people by stealth on every dimension.

January 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm
(389) "Someone who belive in Obama" says:

Finaly someone who doesn’t blindly bows to a flag. Stand up straight Obama.

January 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm
(390) bts says:

Wow, isn’t it funny……..NOT. Reading all the comments left by you before you actually elected Obama President. Comments of “how wonderful it is all going to be when he takes office, what a utopia it will be when he is elected, what a wonderful world it will be……. YES WE CAN”. All of you out there who put this idiot in office can go buy a Chia Obama and stare at it all you want. Unfortunately for the rest of us, we will have to put up with the reality of him and his thug cabinet while they push whatever they want down our throats and claim it is truly what America wants – what a complete load of crap. Just pray that America can survive all of this and him and that in the meantime the country is not run straight into the ground. What an unbelievable snow job is going on right now. And STILL people are refusing to see it! It was simply unbelievable to watch as barely the majority of the Country was so caught up in the Obama hype that they would elect him President for no tangible, intelligent, rational reasons whatsoever. Granted, the country was tired of Bush but even (gulp….) John McCain would have been better in many ways than this clown. Only 3 more unimaginable years left. Scares the hell out of me to see what this guy will do next. My hope for our country is that maybe, just maybe there will actually emerge a candidate ( Democrat, Republican or whoever ) that will bring this Country back to the foundations that it is based upon. And again, let’s hope that this next candidate will actually have intelligent, workable, sensible plans and ideas based on what is actually best for America and not worry about a legacy (HEALTHCARE) after only 1 dismal year in office. What good is history if the country fails in the process of trying to attain it? For the next election I beg that you do your own research and decide what the candidate is saying makes sense – you know, COMMON SENSE. Don’t vote another incompetant leader into office just because you are caught up in all of the hysteria and hype. Our country can’t survive it again.

June 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm
(391) Betty Clark says:

Hell,. Yes! Obama is a Muslim! A good American? Never! Panders to minorities? Hell, Yes! Promotes Muslim religion – yes. Anything else?

June 24, 2010 at 10:55 am
(392) Starman says:

I believe the President Of The United States Of America should uphold the HIGHEST MORAL AND ETHICAL STANDARDS, and anything less than that is a disgrace and a slap in the face of the veterans and who fought and died for this country, and those who DO have the best interests of the USA in mind.

October 8, 2010 at 12:36 am
(393) Mary says:

Your information is incorrect.

October 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm
(394) Jon says:

I think it’s messed up that president obama doesn’t respect traditions in the United States of America

November 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm
(395) itry2brational says:

Wow, this has been a confirmed hoax for years and there are still people on here saying he should have held his hand over his heart while “Hail to the Chief” is playing to honor him(Obama) and the soldiers are saluting him(Obama). In fact, the same photo has made the rounds at least twice through that source of journalistic excellence, all those anonymous right-wing emails which have been hacked up and plagiarized.

Are you people blind?

November 10, 2010 at 7:59 am
(396) hesus says:

The rumors have changed my opinion in that it’s good that those hateful republicans aren’t leading the country. I mean, how much despicable propaganda have the supporters of Obama thrown around (no example springs to mind)? He’s almost a martyr if you will.

November 16, 2010 at 9:08 am
(397) lucy says:

you guys need to get a grip…republicans have reuined this country..the poor keep getting poorer and the rich keep getting richer because of the republicans..obama is one of the best presidents we have and he will go down in our history books just like kennedy..he came from simple and hard backgrounds..who cares if he holds hishand up to his chest he faces his flag and i guarentee he knows more about our country than me or you or anyone else so shutup and let him do his job and SUPPORT him cause finding these STUPID little picky ass things to bitch about is only causing our country to fall even further in demise…

January 20, 2011 at 10:14 am
(398) Tlyna says:

Some people are willing to believe anything some dipwit sends them in an email. Most people do not put their hands over their hearts while the National anthem is played, it is not required. Some do, most don’t. I’ve rarely seen it so having a canary fit over it is stupid and yes Obama does recite the Pledge Allegiance to the Flag, it has been filmed often enough. And the stupid crap about him being Muslim, what part of he has belonged to the same Christian Church in Chicago for many years before he was running for President. Last for his birth, aside from a valid birth certificate that yes does have the raised seal of Hawaii, there is also a record of the birth announcement in a Hawaiian newspaper from that time. I don’t even like the guy but at least I have valid reasons not made up BS.

March 3, 2011 at 7:53 am
(399) Anonymous the Great says:

An American should NEVER forget to put his hand on his heart, not ever, under fear of death and dismemberment by a rabid mob of troglodytes. It is an unequivocal sign that the person in question DOES NOT LOVE HIS COUNTRY, which is a sin against God, nature, capitalism, and should be punishable by death. Let’s all make sure to NEVER forget to say his middle name: “Barack Hussein Obama”, to remind everyone that he isn’t white (maybe half, but it doesn’t count), and since America is a WHITES ONLY COUNTRY, that’s another reason he shouldn’t be a president, or a senator, or a citizen. If his birth certificate is real, and I’m not saying it isn’t, it should be revoked on the basis of his middle name alone. It should then be handed back to him and revoked a second time for forgetting to put his hand on his heart during the national anthem. Remember, if you ever see someone without their hand on their heart during a song, you should beat them to death immediately. Even if they’re a child. But especially if they aren’t white, or have a name from a country that doesn’t speak English as their native language.

September 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm
(400) Doc says:

I served six years in the Navy and I dont always put my hand over my heart. That sure as hell doesnt mean that I dont love my country and wouldnt have died for it. I doubt you’ve even served!

March 3, 2011 at 8:05 am
(401) Anonymous the Obscure says:

In a time of war, as we are in today, anyone who doesn’t get behind the president 100% is a traitor, and doesn’t support the troops. You want to give comfort to our enemies, the Jihadi Communists of the Creeping Shadow League. Their Leader, Cobra Commander (aka The Great Satan), spreads hate and fear and DISLOYALTY among Americans, convincing them to hate their God-appointed president. Yes, God appoints the American president. Even though we have a vote, God controls the hands of the voters in the polling booths. How dare you traitors and atheists talk of patriotism, when all you do is try to tear down our god-given leader. You unpatriotic traitors are a cancerous mass that must be devoured in the jaws of righteousness.

March 8, 2011 at 11:02 am
(402) Skylor Ryane says:

I think everyone in America has a right to his or her own opinion. It is a personal choice whether or not to stand for the pledge. Just because you don’t, doesn’t mean you don’t have respect for America or for the soldiers, it’s simply a choice. I, myself, stand up during the pledge. I stay quiet during the moment of silence, out of respect for others. I think as long as you take the pledge seriously, don’t mock it, don’t disrupt people in their moment of silence, then you should not be persecuted. Everyone should respect other’s opinions because we would not want anyone judging us for ours.

March 8, 2011 at 11:09 am
(403) Skylor Ryane says:

And just because Obama doesn’t place his hand over his heart or say the pledge doesn’t mean he doesn’t respect the country. Just because he doesn’t do these things, doesn’t make him any more or less of a leader. I may not agree with all of the things he believes, but I have respect for him because he is the leader of our country. Half of the people on here that are scrutinizing his beliefs, didn’t even vote. If you didn’t want him to be president, you might have been able to change that. If you didn’t vote then you really don’t have much say in who is president. I bet the people on here wouldn’t want to be judged for their beliefs and opinions but that is exactly what you are doing right now. Maybe this is the problem with America, we want everyone to believe what we believe and we are not open to anyone else’s opinions. He has the constitutional right to choice whether or not he wants to say the plege, and whether he does or not does not affect his ability as a leader.

June 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm
(404) Dave Olson says:

It seems pretty clear to me that the Republican party engages in the politics of personal destruction. You dig up any dirt you can possibly find on your opponents and make a big deal of it, and if you can’t find any dirt you just make some up and make a really big deal of it. Here is a video of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, where the great Marian Anderson sang the National Anthem. She begins singing at 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the video. You can clearly see JFK, and Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon on either side of Marian. None of them has their hand over their heart. Not shown in this video but what you can see in others is the previous president, Dwight D Eisenhower, standing next to Kennedy, and he also does not have his hand over his heart. Here’s the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4bckIIn7Ng

October 5, 2011 at 7:30 am
(405) tony says:

the difference is Dewight D Eisenhower is not a muslim and that makes him a infidel and what do muslims do to infedels over in Irac just look what has been done to our servicemen all you people make me sick

November 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm
(406) Gary Peterson says:

Protocol
The general protocol for conduct during performance of the National Anthem is described in U.S. Legal Code, Title 36, Subtitle I, Part A, Chapter 3, § 301. It specifies that members and veterans of the Armed Forces should hold the military salute through the entirety of the song, and all other individuals should remove head coverings and hold their right hand over their heart. All spectators are expected to stand and face the displayed American flag throughout the performance of the National Anthem.
Therefore, he is not only breaking protocol as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, but violating U.S. Legal Code as stated above by saluting his crotch during the national anthem.

November 16, 2011 at 12:50 am
(407) rc says:

What was he thinking. I’m President of the United States of America and I chose to NOT put my hand over my heart so all the people can see me disrespect the flag and our Star Spangle Banner being played. Now thats’ a smart move.

January 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm
(408) Donald says:

Actually its is required to put your hand over your heart. This article obviously wasn’t researched

United States Code Title 36
§301. National anthem

Designation. — The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.

Conduct During Playing — During rendition of the national anthem —
when the flag is displayed —
individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

January 25, 2012 at 10:33 am
(409) Treniss says:

To all of you in support of a President who does not say our “Pledge” or place his hand over his heart in respect, or even sing our National Anthem. GO TO HELL or at least get the hell out of this great country where men and women who do love and respect this place honor it and those who have fought and died for it. You must have been raised by sorry individuals surely not decent families or you are the blasphemous black sheep who attempts to get a raise with your juvenile comments. Don’t drive our roads or place your children in our schools, I am sure you are probably the sa

January 28, 2012 at 1:32 am
(410) concerned citizen says:

he has proved though now that it is a fact that he is unpatriotic and against our constituton by his signing the ndaa bill and taking out the part where the false imprisionment would exclude us citizens. and these or just acouple that i know about. i think our forefathers would be ashamed of obama and our senators that or not just letting this happen but making it happen. i also think that theyd be disappointed that citizenss r not doing more to stop this. i know im alittle ashamed that im not doing more because idk what to do. but if it gets too out of hand trust me im grabbing my guns and defending my liberties till my death. i dont want to throw away what i was giving.

January 28, 2012 at 1:35 am
(411) jd says:

to hannah i didnt like bush at all but id rather have a dumb president then one that can commit treason

February 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm
(412) jdfbgjh says:

In a country that is free even the president is allowed his personal preferences…..in high school it was an option to stand and say the pledge of allegiance….I didn’t do it, because I’m not religious. The constitution embodies religous freedom, the president is using his constitutional right to be an idividual. So many people base their opinions on what they see in the media, which is a completely biased source to be getting information from.

February 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm
(413) Hannah K B says:

You don’t have to be religious to show your respect for the flag. And and whether you like it or not “jbfbgjh” this country was founded on the words that are said in the AMERICAN anthem and the AMERICAN pledge of allegiance. Yes the men and women who have fought for our country did fight for the freedom you have, but DO NOT TAKE THAT FOR GRANTED!! Next time you hear the national anthem or the pledge of allegiance maybe you should think of the people who gave it all for them words. Freedom is a privilege. No Obama did not break any laws by not putting his hand over his heart, however it shows a lack of respect for them words and those who have fought and or died for them. I believe it also shows a lack of respect for the history of this great nation.

P.S. Maybe you should go back to high school until you learn how to spell you own name.

February 27, 2012 at 7:39 am
(414) keyonna says:

Amen hannah, I agree with you on all that you said. So it goes to show that obvously, some ppl just don’t like obama completely. For many reasons..ppl place this man for the former president bush mistakes instead of seeing that obama has done waaay better than bush..ppl are accussing this man for being a so called muslim rather than a christian..and he never said he was a muslim its the republicans saying this stuff about him so that ppl can disvote obama.

Well another thing is coming and OBAMA WILL BE OUR PRESIDENT AGAIN FOR ANOTHER 4 MORE YEARS. weather american ppl like it or not (for those who are against obama) change has come and I will not go back to the way things use to be sorry. And hannah once again ur correct HE IS HUMAN AND WILL MAKE MISTAKES…so we can’t beat him up for his wrong..everyone makes mistakes in their life time if not then wow…but that doesn’t mean the person is perfect cuse no one is.

March 12, 2012 at 11:05 am
(415) Michael says:

The question is this “Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?”

Mortgage rates are down but can you get one?

Gasoline is $4.00 per gallon vs under $2.00 per gallon.

Are you one of the 16-20% unemployed? A number no one knows for sure due to the people that have given up looking.

My property taxes have gone from $2,600 per year to $6,000 but the value of my house has gone down.

I could go on but I won’t.

So, the question still is “Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?”

If you want a Socialist country, a President that is ashamed of America and who we are, a President that has created more debt than any other President in history, a President that wants to destroy our energy industry getting rid of coal and supporting $5.00+ per gallon gasoline to name a few, then Obama is your man. By the way, where does the energy required to make electricity to power the all electric cars that he is so fond of come from? Oh, that’s right, coal burning plants……

Your choice come November.

March 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm
(416) James says:

Hey Mitch all the stuff you spewed has nothing to do with the president, but keep believing in fairy tails, oh and I voted for Ron paul last time and I will again.

April 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm
(417) stitchdude says:

I need to read the comments of this type of article more often, you kooks are a trip, thank you for not only existing, but spewing here.

April 21, 2012 at 9:01 pm
(418) Buck says:

Never in my life til now , would I ever have believed that such a “piece of human excrement” as barack obama – would be allowed to remain in the office of President of these United States of AMERICA . WHY IS HE ALLOWED TO BE THERE ???? HE DOES EVERYTHING HE CAN DO AGAINST US .

May 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm
(419) lara says:

Oh please. He doesn’t respect our country. He is a muslim and is trying to fool everyone. You don’t respect the terrorists and not respect the US flag. He is evil.

May 21, 2012 at 12:39 am
(420) ernst hall says:

I checked that internet rumors have had no effect on my opinion of Obama. Indeed, my opinioin of his work could not be lower.

May 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm
(421) gethefax says:

Commander in Chief??? Poor example of leadership. When Kings led their soldiers into battle, they were respected for their gallantry…thats what the National Anthem is all about. Yes its symbolic, but its tradition, and respect for our soldiers in battle today that fight and die for this country. And thats what this song is about too. How could anyone, especially an American President, not hold their heart or salute in the name of American Patriotism is beyond me…no respect in that regards from me!!!

May 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm
(422) Terri Bradshaw says:

I am almost 50 years old and I have NEVER placed my hand over my heart during the National Anthem. I was taught to place my hand over my heart during the Pledge of Allegiance, not the National Anthem. In fact, every time I see someone place their hand over their heart during the National Anthem I think to myself, “how sad that they don’t even know when to place their hand over their heart. Common sense people. A pledge is a promise, Haven’t any of you heard the term, “I cross my heart”? When one makes that statement, they are saying that they promise to keep their word or stand by what they say they will do or that they are telling the truth. Placing your hand over you heart during the National Anthem is no an appropriate time to cross your heart.

June 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm
(423) lee roy says:

Repect is spelled respect. And if you actually read the article (assuming you can read), it states that the picture was not taken during an official playing of the national anthem.

June 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm
(424) Craig says:

I do not agree nor support Mr Obama. However, are people who post lies about him make fools of themselves. And those who believe such lies and forward them on are ignorant at best.

June 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm
(425) Jeffy says:

I respect the fact that he is our president and realize that our country has been going downhill for quite some time, but my question is… how many people voted for him just because they that he was cool, or had swag? I am all for change, but something tells me that he is just extremely good with words and doesn’t back up what he says most of the time. Don’t be fooled people!!

June 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm
(426) Ed Shaw says:

Not just this. A lot of other stuff, as well.

June 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm
(427) Larry says:

If a president EVER disparages the traditions of the USA, then he/she is unfit to be president, period. But, this is only a minor point. The fact that the POS in our White House is a repeat felon, ignores our laws, rules by executive order, is a devout Marxist, is hell bent on destroying every bit of the foundation of the USA, snubs his nose at our constitution, has phony identification, is not a native born citizen (his father was not a US citizen regardless of whether his birth certificate was forged or not, which it was an obvious forgery anyway), bows to our sworn enemies, and on and on and on, makes him unfit to live in our country, let alone rule it dictatorially. I’d love to see him hanged for treason (is that “harsh”, look at the movie about killing George Bush, an American). VOTE AMERICAN, NOT DEMOCRAT

July 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm
(428) Debbie from Alabama says:

I have seen this same picuture with the same people and everyone had their hand on their heart….picture has definitley been hacked….

August 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm
(429) Robynne says:

One of the great things about the United States of America is that we do NOT have to blindly follow our leaders. While I understand that many of you take offense to his not placing his hand over his heart – there is nothing you can do about it, except vote against him. There is no law or amendment or codicil or anything like that which says a person (President or otherwise) MUST place their hand over their heart when the US national anthem is played. I’m not saying you have to like it…

August 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm
(430) Ryan says:

Thank you Terri (#422) I don’t put my hand over my heart during the national anthem and I don’t sing along (with people around). I will take my hat off if I am wearing one but it is the pledge of alligence where you are supposed to put your hand over your heart. By the way I do place my hand over my heart and say the pledge of alligence every time I see the american flag that is what I was taught and I am patriotic. Republican’s are just hating for whatever reason whether it be because they listen to right-wing talk radio or fox news with all there fear mongering or maybe some of them are racist or just want to blame someone for 9/11 so they say he is muslim blahblah blahh. Do some research people don’t beleive everything you hear on the radio or tv whether your right left middle up down whatever!!

October 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm
(431) Bill Ofrights says:

Anyone that dislikes President Obama because of his lack of progress needs to step back in time thirty years and observe the first term of a man that went by the name of RONALD REAGAN. Reagan’s first term was awful, just like our current President’s, but in his second term he did things like over see the demolition of the Berlin Wall which brought down the Iron Curtain as well. He also pulled our nation out of a huge deficit. Do you not think that people were thinking the same things about Ronald Reagan (who now happens to be one of the most respected presidents of all time) that they are about President Obama? Give the man a chance.

October 16, 2012 at 11:44 pm
(432) Bill Ofrights says:

On the point of patriotism, get your heads straight. Neither men served their country in any form other than sitting on their lillywhite asses in an office somewhere signing papers. The only candidate who served his country was Ron Paul, and everybody thinks he is nuts. Presidents make mistakes. JFK slept with Marilyn Monroe, Grant was intertwined in the Credit Mobilier Scandal, and Clinton (who brought us to a balanced budget and beyond in his second term after recovering from the shit that Bush Senior had left him, and who’s policies President Obama now has taken in) screwed some woman that wasnt his wife. I dont like the idea of our President not putting his hand over his heart any more than the veteran who sits next to me in church service on sunday, but everyone makes mistakes. If we would stop worrying about gays, weed, guns, and political parties, and pull our heads out of our asses, we would see that we need to get out of our current economical state and rise to the top again. We can do anything productive in any field if we dont have our finances straightened out. It is his right not to salute the flag, but if you belive much of anything that comes out of either of the candidates mouths while they are campaigning, your are a complete and total dumb ass. Stop thinking about petty and selfish excuses to kid a perfectly good man out of office and be patriotic yourself. Support your country by supporting it’s leader.

October 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm
(433) HNic says:

Obama does not salute the flag, whether it is the Pledge or our National Anthem. The flag is a symbol of our country and actions speak louder than words they say, so how can you not judge someone on the gestures they make? It may not be a big deal when someone doesn’t salute at a baseball game, but when you are running for president, are you kidding me???!!! How many times do you have to burn your hand on the stove here people, don’t be complete morons. This election NEEDS to be different, things need to CHANGE.We all better have a good relationship with God come these next 4 years if he gets re-elected because we are gonna need all the help we can get and HOPE we make it through alive.

October 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm
(434) Voice of Reason says:

Haters will hate. Strong words for a weak cause.

Instead of everyone here blustering around spouting their half-informed self-truths, keep your peace. The office of the Presidency deserves the respect of everyone, no matter how you feel about the holder of that office – whether past, present and future.

I’d venture to say there’s not a single poster in this thread, myself included, who would have done as good a job as any of our Presidents. You can vent all you want here but thank God you aren’t the ones running the show because then we’d all TRULY be in a bad way.

November 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm
(435) Doety says:

It’s sickening to see this man in charge of our beautiful country. After last night’s election I can say I’m highly disappointed in the people and I think I have lost all hope for the future.

January 26, 2013 at 12:41 am
(436) Ilene Rachel says:

I can’t believe all the comments on here that show that no one bothered to read the actual article! If all those who slammed Obama had read it, they would see that the picture is a photoshopped hoax! And that the stories about him not saluting, etc., were fake, too! I guess hate makes people not only blind but dumb!

February 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm
(437) Robert says:

This guy never celebrated the 4th of July in his life until he took his 1st job from a “Weather Underground” admitted, bomb-making terrorist. He certainly never saw an Easter celebration or celebrated Thanksgiving or Xmas; SO? So he did not have any idea what an American way of life usually is until after Jr. college. What does he really mean when he says “& God bless America”?

March 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm
(438) samantha says:

Obama i think don’t need a third term in office he’s just going to ruine another guy in office for him to be a better person for president it don’t take a rocket science to figure out what is going on if it wasn’t for george bush barack obama could careless about what happen on 9/11 that day people all over or 50 states lost their loved one and ya’ll are too dang blind just because obama brain washed everyone if you can’t see that now shame on the one’s about they did it for skin color and to the one’s that think he soo good so if he ask you to jump off a building u’ll do it dang people ask your self one question say to yourself do u want ur kids, and love one’s to be the next one’s to get hurt or die because of his mistakes ya’ll please WAKE UP PEOPLE PLEASE for God sake u need to look up the stuff he talks about before its to late if you belive in OBAMA he’s leading u wrong think about it look it up think about your kid and loved one’s they don’t need to hurt by something that’s he said next will know next will we will be a how know’s maybe world war 3 come one i might be 22 yrs. old I got smarts do you????

March 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm
(439) God says:

Ken …just don’t talk anymore. You’ve made everyone here more stupid.

June 4, 2013 at 10:06 am
(440) myoptic says:

I wonder if he knew or understood correct flag protocol? If there is any validity to the myriad questions surrounding his birth, it is that he was reared in Rhodesia and Hawaii. I seriously doubt his early upbringing included the Christian faith, respect for the flag, respect for America or respect for his nationality. To this day, questions remain about where he was born and if he is indeed, American. Obama was not, by the way elected senator. He took the senate seat when the senator he was elected to it was removed because he was the only prson running for that seat. It remains very doubtful whether he had the background or the qualifications to be elected by the people of Illinois. In fact, I still don’t think he’s qualified to run for the senate and he’s been president for 6 years.

October 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm
(441) daisy says:

i know this is a little late to comment on this subject but: in photoshop you can totally flip a pic and it looks opposite of what the original looked like. sooooo seriously? common its just a flipped pic :D get over it

March 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm
(442) Oscar Shaw says:

I am a 26-year veteran of the military and wondered if the song being played was actually, “Hail to the Chief” instead of the National Anthem or Godd Bless America? If Hail to the Chief is being played, the song is in honor of his position, and he does not salute. Just an observation.

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