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Obama Flag Q&A

By September 23, 2012

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Q: I keep seeing images of a redesigned American flag with Obama's campaign logo on it. Is it real?
A: Well, yeah, it's real in the sense that you can purchase a screen print of this artwork by making a campaign contribution on the Obama for America website (UPDATE: it now appears the print is either sold out or no longer offered for sale via the website). But it's not an actual flag, if that's what you mean. It's a picture.

Q: Is it true that Obama has ordered this new flag to be flown over all government buildings?
A: Of course not. It's not a real flag, remember? (You've been reading the Weekly World News again, haven't you!)

Q: Is the Obama campaign the first ever to use a personalized representation of the U.S. flag to promote its candidate?
A: No. There are many past examples of political candidates manipulating the stars and stripes for campaign purposes. It's nothing new.

Q: Isn't this a desecration???
A: You decide.

Comments

September 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm
(1) Cindy says:

I keep reading that this flag is for sale on Obama’s website, but after looking at every single page on the site, I can’t find it. Did it ever exist?

September 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm
(2) David Emery says:

I don’t know if it was sold out or simply removed, but you’re right, the screen print is no longer available for sale on the site. The original listing (which I saw with my own eyes) said there was a print run of only 250 copies, so the most likely explanation is that the item sold out.

September 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm
(3) Meowza Cat says:

Did you read the article? It was art, offered to supporters, not an actual flag.

September 25, 2012 at 4:28 am
(4) francine says:

Arrogant and self-centered. With him it seems to always be “moi, moi, moi!”

September 27, 2012 at 9:31 am
(5) DanD says:

It’s art, people. The American flag is a symbol of the country. Art intended to evoke patriotism or dedication to the country has often referred back to the flag, specifically to benefit from that symbolism.

Of course art critical of the country has done the same thing, but this clearly isn’t that.

September 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm
(6) ejazzyjeff says:

I believe it was removed. Why? Many people saw a similarity with that and the bloodstains on the wall the embassy in Libya.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A3NLBLsCcAAcPOZ.jpg

September 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm
(7) Sharon says:

So was it okay for Reagan and Bush to do the same thing? Is it wrong for party plates and cups to use the flag for the Fourth of July? Is it arrogant for people to wear t-shirts that are clearly using the flag? Can we stop picking on everything we can to negate this election?

September 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm
(8) Paul Bridgland says:

There’s no “desecration” because there is no American flag involved. In a similar vein: Why is it “Patriotic” to turn images of the American flag into clothing if you are a conservative, but “unAmerican” if do it and you are a liberal. Just asking.

October 5, 2012 at 8:52 am
(9) Ron says:

Urban legends is supporter of Obama therefore the information listed is skewed or even false defending him…why all the ads for democrats on this site.

October 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm
(10) John Talcott says:
November 10, 2012 at 5:06 am
(11) Edmund says:

Regarding the similarity between the Obama flag and the embassy blood stains:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=TNvSGAh6klA#t=676s

http://www.cashill.com/

December 13, 2012 at 5:28 am
(12) Jeff says:

This actually illegal specifically in Washington DC and can carry a $100 fine and/or up to 30 days imprisonment.
http://www.wvsd.uscourts.gov/outreach/Pledge.htm
Check out article 4. Now I don’t honestly think anything is going to come of this because let’s be honest, he does whatever he wants. But imagine if the President was fined $100 for desecration of the flag.

February 17, 2013 at 1:08 am
(13) Ella says:

Haven’t seen any other campaign art on Air Force One. His emblem has replaced the flag on goverment property. Air Force One does not belong to Obama.

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