October 6th, 2007
08:19 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama flag pin flap

Is an American flag pin necessary for a politician to show his or her patriotism? Susan Roesgen has the story.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama's decision not to wear a lapel pin bearing an American flag has been the source of scrutiny since Tuesday when an Iowa reporter noticed that the Democratic presidential candidate was missing the symbol of patriotism that has become common among politicians since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  CNN's Susan Roesgen reports on Obama's decision about how to communicate his patriotism.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. T.C. Napa, CA

    Blackwater, false claims about WMD's that lead us to a war with no end in sight, wire-tappings, GITMO, and politician after politician in some sexual scandal either involving call-girls, text chats with underaged boys, or rendezvous' in toilet stalls...

    ... but a missing flag pin is a much more important reason not to support a person who's taken not one cent from a lobby.


    You people are stupidly insane, or maybe just ignorant. Either way, I think down the line, this country will get what a nation of people with no analytical skills deserves and God help us all if it is what I'm afraid it is. 🙁

    October 17, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. jeremy Palmer, Coupeville, Washington

    Just because he didn't wear a flag pin doesn't mean that he is unpatriotic. It's not what you wear that shows that you are unpatriotic, its what you do that shows. If you burn a flag or wear a swastik, it is saying that you are unpatriotic. All Obama did was not wear a pin and people are saying that he is unpatriotic. Its wrong, people are vilification Obama just for not wearing it.

    November 30, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Custom Lapel Pins

    If you want to be elected to the highest position of office in the United States, you could at least wear the flag of the country you want represent. I am sorry but, the whole thing is terrible. Don't worry Obama, don't wear my flag, when you are flipping burgers, you don't have to wear a flag then!

    January 10, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
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