This small (yet complex) action makes me feel like there is actually a politician that might be thinking on his own

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says he doesn’t wear an American flag lapel pin because it has become a substitute for “true patriotism” since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Asked about it Wednesday in an interview with KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Illinois senator said he stopped wearing the pin shortly after the attacks and instead hoped to show his patriotism by explaining his ideas to citizens.

“The truth is that right after 9/11 I had a pin,” Obama said. “Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.

“I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest,” he said in the interview. “Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism.”

On Thursday, his campaign issued a statement: “We all revere the flag, but Senator Obama believes that being a patriot is about more than a symbol. It’s about fighting for our veterans when they get home and speaking honestly with the American people about this disastrous war.”


3 Responses to “This small (yet complex) action makes me feel like there is actually a politician that might be thinking on his own”

  1. Misanthropic Scott Says:

    Wow!! That is pretty cool. Too bad he’s so beholden to the coal industry. He actually voiced support for liquid coal briefly before getting hammered for it. There’s another candidate that isn’t beholden and is getting very little press, unfortunately. Kucinich really has the answers, much more so than any of the other candidates.

    I’d be curious to know what you think of my latest post and who you come up with from the candidate calculator I linked to in it.

  2. Kucinich actually is my candidate of choice BUT I will vote for whomever has the best bet of getting the current regime out of office.

  3. Misanthropic Scott Says:

    I plan to just vote for the candidate I like most or hate least in both cases. Kucinich is actually the first candidate to whom I have made a campaign contribution. He’s also probably the first candidate I would consider inviting over for dinner. In general, I have a very low opinion of politicians.

    And, I’ve heard so many people say that they like Kucinich but don’t think he can get elected. Perhaps that’s because he is against corporate America. It keeps him from getting air time on the corporate owned media. Yet, with so many people saying they like his politics, perhaps it could happen.

    Either way, I have to vote for him in the primary. He’s so much better than the rest on everything I care about. After that it’s any of the democraps over any of the repugnicans. I really want the Liberal party back.

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