Obama – No Flag Pin, No Hand on Heart for National Anthem

Debbie at Right Truth has a Time Magazine photo of Barack Obama with the American flag as a backdrop, casually standing with his hands clasped together in front of him while the National Anthem is played.

The event was Democratic Senator Tom Harkin’s Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa on September 17, 2007. In line behind Obama are Bill Richardson and Hillary Clinton – both of whom apparently had the sense to put their hands over their hearts when the anthem was played.

Last month Barack Obama gave up wearing an American flag pin. This month it appears he has given up saluting the American flag.  

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9 Responses to Obama – No Flag Pin, No Hand on Heart for National Anthem

  1. Muslims Against Sharia call on Senator Obama to distance himself from al-Qaeda supporters

    With the black Islamic flag of war draped behind him, an individual on You Tube that goes by the name Abdul Hakim Khatab has called for people to support Barack Obama for U.S. President in 2008. The video is titled ‘Barack Obama 2008 spokenword.’ Muslims Against Sharia call on Barack Obama to distance himself from his extremist supporters and to denounce this You Tube video for promoting violence in the name of the Obama for President campaign.

  2. jgrab1 says:

    Oh my God, Obama didn’t put his hand over his heart! Next he’ll be selling state secrets to Russia and offering Osama bin Laden use of his TiVo. All the serious issues we have to deal with, and once again, as happens every election, we have stupid pointless “scandals” and window-dressing to distract the voting populace. We deserve the democracy we get–none.

  3. Ethan says:

    Once again the frothing-at-the-mouth wingnuts failed to do their homework. They really blew it on the Obama-Pledge thing. They are in such a hurry to crucify the guy, they failed to more closely investigate before posting this venom. In case they still haven’t discovered the truth, that photo was during the national anthem, not the pledge of allegiance. My preschooler knows that you don’t put your hand over your heart during the national anthem, only in the Pledge, but it seems that the wingnut pondscum that hurl attacks like this and question the patriotism of others might need to repeat preschool.

  4. Michelle says:

    I really believe a picture is worth a thousand words. If a man who wants to be president can not show the counry which he wishes to represent any kind of respect, what are we to believe of him but that he is unpatriotic? And for that matter, isnt it showing that he has no respect for the troops who are fighting for our freedom? That is what our flag and national anthem are a symbol of. If it was so unknown that the respectful to do in this perticular instance was to put your hand over your heart, why is he the only one not doing it?

  5. Snakeeater says:

    Sorry, Ethan, but you’re just wrong. There are two videos I know of that clearly show that he was standing there with his hands at his waist during the National Anthem (a seriously butchered version of it, I might add) and I certainly hope that your preschooler gets some civics classes from a competent teacher (someone other than you), but US Code Chapter 36 states that you WILL hold your right hand on your left shoulder during the National Anthem.

    When running for president it’s wise to put your best foot forward and avoid faux pas such as this one. Remember, we vote for wisdom, not good looks.

  6. John says:

    It seems to me that after 9/11, anyone in the US that is of Muslim background, especially a presidential candidate, needs to overtly demonstrate his allegiance so that they are not mistaken for Muslim radicals.
    In 2007, people like Mr. Obama do not have the luxury of assuming that others will perceive him as patriotic just because he is running for president. Rather, his refusal to exhibit symbolic gestures such as not wearing an American lapel pin and placing his hand over his heart during the national anthem arouses suspicion and decreases his chances of being elected. He pays a price in electoral votes for not doing these things.
    People like me wonder, “Is this a religious thing?” If so, what religion–Muslim or that church he goes to now?
    Symbolism is important, especially in America. It shows that you identify with the values and freedoms we uphold and are proud of the nation’s ideals. Mr. Obama’s actions signify to me a man who is too ashamed of America to identify himself as one. This man should not be running for president.

  7. RandyPatriot says:

    I am a conservative Republican, founder and CEO of a company that employs people in all 50 states and Canada, and I beleive Obama has what it takes to lead America, as an American in our war against terrorism, and foster economic prosperity.

    We need a leader who has the ability to conceptualize our world’s issues, and all this internet hype about “a lapel pin, or posture at an anthem at a BBQ”, shows the idiocy of people who do not see the big pictures our world is facing, like energy independence, world water rights, and strategic leadership in tax reform, and growth in next stage defense armory. It will be a shoot out between Mc Cain and Obama in November, and America, and Obama may just be our next President.

  8. teresa says:


    You need to read up on your United States Codes, The United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171, states that “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.”

    So, yes, what he did is wrong and should not be the conduct of someone who wants to lead this wonderful nation.

    Every American must adhere to all US Codes, not just the military. I served in the US Army for 12 years, and I truely honor his Country and all of the symbols it displays!


  9. Jeanni says:

    Thank you Ethan. I was going to say my dad was a Vetern, we were taught just that. We knew how to raise the flag, lower the flag and when necessary dispose of a tattered and worn flag. We actually celebrate the 4th of July. We put our hands over our hearts during the anthem and the pledge. Maybe people are not taught this information anymore.
    Do people pay attention, have you ever just driven around to look at how the American flag is flown. So many in tatters. The house at the end of our road, the flag is tattered and just hanging on the pole. This is so sad. Are people to busy or do they care? The media sure could do a number on you to not care and be negitive about America…..if you let it.
    You know I love the spirit of America and the people of America. I am not always happy with our government but that really isn’t the heart of the country, although I do try my best to follow the campaigns and vote every election. It could be worse I could have been born in a county without freedoms. We Americans do care about others though, all around the Plant, we are the most giving people in the world.
    The glass is half full. Be Proud.

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