April 15th, 2008
05:25 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama dons flag pin once again

CNN

Watch Sen. Obama in Washington, Pennsylvania Tuesday.

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania (CNN) –- For the first time since a mini dust-up back in October, Democrat Barack Obama wore an American flag pin Tuesday at a town hall meeting with veterans in Pennsylvania.

But he didn't show up wearing the pin–instead, a Vietnam era veteran presented it to him on the ropeline as Obama made his way to the podium at the start of the event.

"I was just handed this," Obama said. "It's a flag pin. I think I'll go ahead and put that on."

He then did just that.

"I appreciate your service," Obama told Philip Fiumara, Jr., a Vietnam era veteran and undecided voter, according to the campaign.

"Thank you so much. It means a lot coming from you, and we are grateful to you."

This is the first time Obama has worn a flag pin on his lapel since it was widely reported last fall that he had stopped wearing one.

At the time, Obama said, "My attitude is that I'm less concerned with what you're wearing on you lapel than what's in your heart. You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those ones who serve."

 

soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Ludba

    Thank you Senator Obama

    April 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  2. Southerner

    The hypocrite once again shows his lack of conviction. If you've decided not to wear a flag lapel pin, at least styick to your convictions.

    How do you tell that Barack Obama is lying?

    His lips are moving.

    April 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Can't wait to see how the Clinton campaign spins this. They appear obsessed with Obama and every little move he makes. Although i'm sure he's flattered they find him so fascinating, it must get annoying from time to time.

    April 15, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Lori

    I certainly agree with Obama that he doesn't have to wear a pin on his lapel to prove he is patriotic. It does give me even more respect for him that he did wear it when it was offered to him by a Vietnam vet. I hope that the undecided voter will see that he really does care about people and vote for him. We need real change in this country and we won't get it with 4 more years of the Clinton's or McCain who will both owe big favors to the campaign supporting lobbyists.

    April 15, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. jeremy

    and why is this a story???????

    April 15, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. Mae

    Great guy. Heart felt responses.

    Obama 08/12

    April 15, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. Susan MO

    I am back. Senator Obama you got my vote. I will not continue to back a loser

    OBAMA 08

    April 15, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Dave

    "You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those ones who serve."

    And he's right.

    It seems like the country is awash with pin wearing patriots who treat their neighbors like crap these days. True patriotism is about bringing people together, and making the country a better place for everybody.

    Obama 08

    April 15, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. H.M.

    Good play Barack. I fully understand the point you was making last fall, but when you have a Veteran give you one as a gift... well putting it on at that time was the respectful and honorable thing to do. Right On!!!

    April 15, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. Bernice

    OBAMA OVERWHELMLY REPRENSENTS AMERICA FAR MORE THAN EITHER CAANDIDATE IN THE RACE, THAT IS TODAY'S AMERICA!

    HILLARY AND MCCAIN ARE BOTH OUT OF TUNE TO THE POINT THEY HAVE NO CLUE. THEY STILL THINK THAT MAJORITY OF WHITES ARE BIGOTS THAT IS WHY THEY KEEP SPINNING REV. WRIGHT SERMONS, HE COMES FROM THE SAME ERA AS BOTH OF THEM. THE SPIN THIS COMMENT OBAMA IN THE HOPE OF INCITING RACISTS INTO ACTION, BUT WHAT THEY FELL TO REALIZE IS THIS YEA! THERE ARE STILL PLENTY OF THEM, BUT THE MAJORITY OF BLACKS & WHITES ARE TIRED OF ALL OF THIS FOOLISHINESS WE WANT TO MOVE ON AND WE RESENT THEM FORCING HATE ON US.

    OBAMA BEING BLACK IS A GREAT PRIDE TO MANY BLACKS AND HISPANICS AND THIS IS TO BE EXPECTED IN THIS NATION ENTIRE HISTORY NEVER BEFORE HAS THERE BEEN A BLACK MAN ACCEPTED, EVEN THOUGH THERE HAVE BEEN MANY THAT WERE ACCEPTABLE. THIS IS NOT JUST AN TESTIMENT TO BLACKS HE COULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN THIS FAR WITHOUT THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT OF OTHER RACES AND FOR THIS AMERICA SHOULD BE PROUD! PROUD THAT WE ARE SHOWING SIGNS OF ONENESS AS NEVER BEFORE. THIS TOO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I CAN SEE THIS AND IT NOW GIVES ME TO PRIDE TO KNOW THIS!

    WHITE AMERICANS REALIZE THEY CAN NOT CONTINUE TO REJECT OTHERS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE DIFFERENT IT IS TIME TO GROW IN HEART.

    April 15, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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