June 30th, 2008
08:01 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama to deliver 'major speech' on patriotism

Obama has been looking to emphasize his patriotism.
Obama has been looking to emphasize his patriotism.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama plans to deliver what his campaign is calling a "major speech" Monday, centering around an issue he's been trying to highlight for months now: his patriotism.

The remarks come in Harry Truman's hometown of Independence, Missouri, just days before the Fourth of July.

"Sen. Obama will discuss what patriotism means to him and what it requires of all Americans who love this country and want to see it do better," Obama spokesman Bill Burton wrote in a morning email to reporters.

The Illinois senator has been defending his patriotism ever since the days of Iowa when he was first criticized for not wearing a flag pin - which he now does much more frequently - and when false rumors began circulating that he did not say the Pledge of Allegiance.


He was also seen without his hand over his heart during a rendition of the National Anthem.

Obama's wife, Michelle, has been on the receiving end of attacks over her patriotism, after telling an audience at a campaign event, "For the first time in my adult lifetime I'm really proud of my country."

Senator Obama will follow up Monday's speech on patriotism with a Tuesday address focused on faith, and remarks on service Wednesday and Thursday. He will spend Friday, July 4 in Butte, Montana - with the whole Obama family out on the trail.


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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Tim

    I don't understand some of you if you don't like the man's policts I can understand that. I don't like McCain's but I would never belittle or show him disrespect. For all of those who don't like Barack's message I can understand that but why can't you should you disproval with messages with clear thought instead of disrespect.

    June 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. BAMAFALIFE

    We love to hear BAM talk to us–speeches are merely a medium for educating the public–another means for communication–that's all. how in the hell do other politicans inform? THEY DON'T. So, to ALL the Obama-haters–get wise and know that Bam tells all–he's man you can trust. As for the rest, you'll never see it coming until the literal bomb drops!

    June 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    With so many reasons to question his patriotism do you think another self serving speech is going help him. I would think he needs to answer the Questions of the people and explain some things. example: you did not leave the church when you were sure that wright was a zealot but when a white man said that Hillary felt that she was the inevitable president you were gone that weak. Why?

    June 30, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. bernj

    I wonder how much the repugs spent paying dumb dumbs to post negative stuff in this thread.

    They are so desperate. You can tell it is the same folks, with limited vocabularies, every time. The screen name may change but the message is essentially the same.

    Any rational human being knows that it makes more sense to elect Obama than McCain. Anyone who thinks McCain is what America needs in 2008 should just go ahead and vote for him. Exercise your right to be stupid if you like.

    As for the rest of us, Obama '08 baby!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Jack

    Obama to give yet another PREPARED SPEECH – should be all Perfectly staged and worded to make us think this guy is REAL – BUT – he is a FRAUD!!!! WHY would any candidate for President of the USA have to PROVE he is a True American?????

    Just WORDS!!!!! – No Actions!

    June 30, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Anne

    Maybe he can explain in his patriotism speech how he loves his country so much that 4 years ago he said he would not run for President in 08 because he didn't have the qualifiications for the job. Now, that is indeed a love of country knowing you don't run for the highest office in the land when you can't do the job or aren't fit for the job.
    Now does he love his country so much that he goes back on his word about not being qualified for the job and run anyway or is it because others in the party hierarchy used him to run and make sure HIllary was not the candidate ? To me it seems the latter is a more plausible excuse since the Clintons were railed against so many times with false cries of racism.

    June 30, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Bill Whitley

    I will not listen to this faker. Not now, not ever.

    June 30, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. TheNumantine

    I hope the speech will have the depth and insight of a Joseph Campbell or Bill Moyers lecture.

    June 30, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. mitchell hussein martin

    we know you are a patriot,and we support you ,know matter what.even if mcbush commits another terrorist act,[this time on iran],we have learned our lesson,and will no longer trust republicans with our soldier's lives.A TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT DOES NOT START WARS.WE END THEM.REPUBS HAVE IT ALL BACKWARDS.THEY WILL GO DOWN IN FLAMES FOR LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE,AND COMMITTING TERRORIST ACTS IN IRAQ,AND PLANNING ANOTHER TERRORIST ATTACK ON IRAN.we have become what we despise.mcbush and lieberman will stage another terrorist attack ,here at home,because they are scaring up votes again.

    June 30, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Truth B Told

    I TELL YOU IDIOT COMPLAINERS THAT I WOULD RATHER SIT THRU AN OBAMA SPEECH THAN SLEEP THRU A McSAME SPEECH!

    McSAME LOOKS LIKE A PUPPET ON STRINGS DURING HIS SPEECHES, WHEN HE GETS NERVOUS HE STARTS HIS SHOLDER SHRUGING! CHECK IT OUT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!!!

    OH I'M NERVOUS LET ME SHRUG MY SHOLDERS! ONE OF THE WORST IS HIM CALLING EVERYONE FRIEND! HECKLERS ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS JOHNNY BOY!!!

    OBAMA 08

    June 30, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Adam

    "Speeches mean nothing." - K

    Nothing? EVERY great event in history, from WW2 to black rights and everything in between has been started with speeches. Words are incredibly powerful, and the right words at the right time can very literally alter the course of history. A single word out of place in a conversation can cause a raging tempest of argument. A single word can calm the same.

    No great change was ever brought about that didn't start with 2 things: 1) Hope that change was even a possibility followed by 2) words that would motivate, inspire and build that ember of hope into a conflagration.

    June 30, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Down with Obama

    Joe, you Obama supporters are so neurotic!! We are democrats that have no use for the person that the DNC SELECTED to run for President. I have never voted Republican before, but you can bet you life I will this year....there is no way anyone with two eyes and common sense could vote for that empty suit Obama!!!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Dave G, Minneapolis

    Have you heard him talk...Horrible. He sounds like a preacher just trying to fire up everyone. How about a thoughtful speech with facts rather than feelings.

    Just go to youtube and see how he stumbles through speeches. I think he's got an earpiece that someone is behind the curtain trying to feed him info, but it's too fast and he just doesn't get it.

    he's said things like: paraphrasing: [kids with asthma need breathalyzers...er make that inhalators.],
    [10,000 people died in the kansas tornado], on and on or he just stumbles around trying to think of facts. If a "potatoe" sunk Dan Quayle, I don't know why Obama is still around. His ideas are stale, and the windfall profits speech he had was almost word-for-word the same as Jimmy Carter's speech about the oil companies...
    Come on America, stop voting for both of these status quo parties of Reps and Dems.

    June 30, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Sidney McCain

    BTW, if you read all the negative posts against Obama, there are quite a few that are similarly phrased. Methinks one of the few McCain supporters that knows what a google is, is having fun.

    If McCain could give a speech where he didn't porkie pig his way through it, the american people might be able to have pride and motivation in listening to the leader of the free world speak.

    June 30, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Wearing or not wearing a flag pin is NOT an indication of whether someone is a partiot or not. Love for this country comes from the heart and not from a pin'

    "I SHOULD BE ABLE TO LOVE MY COUNTRY AND BE ABLE TO LOVE JUSTICE AS WELL".

    June 30, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. al

    **********************************************

    I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY SOME PEOPLE STILL THINKS MCCAIN IS A BETTER CANDIDATE. IS IT JUST BECAUSE OF TWO PARTY SYSTEM? NO MATTER HOW LAME YOUR CANDIDATE IS YOU ARE STILL GOING TO VOTE REPUB. PLEASE HAVE SOME SENSE.

    WE NEED TO GET OUT OF THIS ULTRA RIGTH WING AND TAKE OVER THE WORLD MENTALLY. HISTORY SHOWS IT NEVER WORKS.

    STOP THE MADNESS. VOTE OBAMA.

    June 30, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Jackie - NYC

    Sadly Obama is forced to make these speeches because of all the lies and rumors that are going around the internet. This country is falling apart with high gas prices, skyrocketing health care, an economy that in the garbage and all you people worry about is whether Obama wears a flag pin or not. Get a grip people.
    It is really scary to see the level of ignorance in the American voter.
    (I am sure this will never be posted by the moderator)

    June 30, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. carolflowery

    oh great, another speech, wow, why do i feel like im goin to church everytime this person makes a speech, well, i guess speeches are
    his greatest strength. preach on preach on

    June 30, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Montana is Obama Country

    People who criticize Barack Obama's speech know just how powerful the speeches are.. That's why haters attack him and his speeches..

    Don't hate .... join the force urgency of now......

    June 30, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Andy J, NY

    @Herman in LA-

    You're a moron. Black on black crime is way more prevalent than white racist crimes. Sounds like you are a little racist yourself. Stop hating on whites, just shut your mouth, worry about yourself, work hard and see where it gets ya. You are not entitled to anything, except the freedom to work hard and make your way in the world.

    June 30, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Please, No Obama

    Obama's incessant speeches are contributing to global warming. Whether it is based on truth or not, the fact that millions of Americans do not trust this man and his motives makes him unfit to be president. There are many points of contention with a president in a true democracy. Patriotism should not be one of them. You can doubt a president's views on the economy, foreign trade, environment, etc. But, you should NEVER be in doubt about his patriotism and willingness to surrender everything for the country. Obama does not fit that bill and should not be running for president.

    June 30, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Chris, from WI

    Hillary Backer – "PUMA's for life..We are the new guiding power of America and will decide who goes tot he White House..It is called the White House for a reason and we PUMA's now what that means…"

    Can you explain that last statement you made? "It is called the White House for a reason and we PUMA's now what that means..."

    I'm sure your girl Hillary would be really proud of that racist statement. Now everyone knows what PUMA really stands for.

    June 30, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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