Obama Removes U.S. Flag from Campaign Plane
Netlore Archive: Email flier chastises presidential candidate Barack Obama for removing an image of the American flag from the tail of his campaign jet.
Description: Forwarded email
Circulating since: July 2007
Status: True, with spin (see details below)
Email contributed by Michele B., July 31, 2008:
Change? What Kind of Change Are You Looking For???
Obama The Patriot - Removes American Flag From His Plane
Barack Obama recently finished a $500,000 total overhaul of his 757.
And as part of the new design, he decided to remove the American flag from the tail... What American running for President of the United States would remove the symbol of his country?
And worse, he replaced the flag with it his own symbol...
Please forward this on if you're not ashamed of your country or its flag & think this is a disgrace!
2012 update: A new version of this message falsely claims that Obama replaced the American flag with his own logo and campaign slogan on Air Force One.
North America Airlines logo
(Photo by Mark Wilson / Getty Images)
The painted-over flag (see photo at right) was actually part of the logo of North America Airlines, which owns and operates the Boeing 757 chartered by the Obama campaign. The plane was refurbished inside and out in July.
(Photo by Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images)
It bears pointing out that a small American flag does appear on Obama's refurbished plane, in the same (and only) location it appears on McCain's campaign jet right next to the tail number.
Neither candidate, that is to say, strove particularly hard to convert their official campaign transportation into a symbol of patriotic fervor.
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Sources and further reading:
Obama Campaign Plane Poised to Depart from Chicago for Mid-East and Europe
Chicago Sun-Times blog, 20 July 2008
Obama Road Blog: Wheels Down in Amman, Jordan
Barack Obama campaign website, 21 July 2008
North American Airlines Operates Campaign Aircraft for Barack Obama
North American Airlines press release, 23 July 2008
Presidential Hopefuls Crisscross U.S. in Customized Chartered Jets
AINOnline.com, 1 August 2008
CBS News blog, 3 August 2008
Last updated: 05/03/12