October 2007: Barack Obama is asked by a reporter why he is not wearing a U.S. flag pin on his jacket lapel. Obama says wearing a flag pin on the lapel has become a substitute for Patriotism amongst politicians.
Right-wing extremists, as is their wont, exploded in fauxtrage over the fact he was not wearing the pin, and that he answered the question asked of him.
John Hinderaker: "I think it is natural for people to wonder what, exactly, is the content of the political statement; to what group of voters is it intended to appeal; and what does it tell us about Obama as a candidate?”
Pam Atlas: "Talk about pandering to the radical base, he ought to run against Ahmadinejad."
Neal Boortz: "(M)aybe the reason [Obama] doesn't wear a U.S. flag on his lapel is because the U.S. flag -- regardless of what he thinks -- the flag of this country irritates a lot of Democrat [sic] voters."
Eugene Volokh: "Wearing a flag pin is not supposed to be an explanation or an argument, just as ‘I love you’ is not supposed to be an explanation or an argument. It’s supposed to be a traditional statement of affection, powerful because it’s cliché."
Jonah Goldberg: "Obama's decision to scorn the flag is the single dumbest thing I've ever heard of him doing."
Sean Hannity: "Why do we wear pins? Because our country is under attack!"
Yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference:
And somewhere, a Reagan sheds a tear.