April 15th, 2008
05:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama dons flag pin once again


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. carmen

    Obama will be one of the great Presidents America ever had

    April 15, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. CW

    Here's one veteran that won't vote for him no matter what he puts on his lapel, in his speeches, or how much he aplologizes for lies, bigotry, and elitism.

    April 15, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. Retired Navy Veteran

    This was great. Fair Wins and Following Seas.

    Clinton is working for the republican. The way she see it is that if Hillary Clinton can get the nomination that she sure as hell not going to let a black man be President she would rather it go to a White man.

    April 15, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. Paul

    Why is wearing a flag pin a story? Only in America is wearing a 99 cent flag pin (made in China) the true measure of one's patriotism.

    April 15, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. Ross in MD

    This is a betrayal to all us elitist America-hating latte-sipping Marxists who were attracted to Obama.

    How could you Senator Obama?

    April 15, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. JOHN


    April 15, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. Dem

    Obama is not ready to be commander in chief. Let him prove himself as a senator first. His sophomoric mistakes and lack of substantive knowledge should be worrisome to anyone who hopes for a democratic victory this fall.

    April 15, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. Donna

    Yeah, he will do anything to get elected he knows it was an issue before so , on goes the pin, not such a new kind of politician after all !!!!

    April 15, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. wpabchen

    My Evaluation of the Three Candidates

    As now, Americans are stuck with three candidates. Campaign slogans and media seem to have blurred voters’ vision. I am an independent. To me, the most important question is: can we elect a president who can repair the deterioration this country has suffered in the past few years. Below are the criteria I use to screen out the candidates. The voters should have their own criteria.

    1. Age and health:
    McCain is too old (71 now) and in remission from skin cancer. The other two candidates do not seem have these problems.

    2. Character and substance:
    McCain is an honorable veteran and respected senator. However, he is too stubborn and too committed to the Iraq (or may-be Iran) war.

    To some, Obama is an inspiring speaker. To me, his talks are often slippery and without substance. In this category of character and substance, he is the most
    unknown among the three.

    Hillary has lived in the public light for more than 30 years. She has built some resistance from the public, particularly from the media. However, she is an optimistic
    person with a resilient strength to overcome difficulties. I cannot find any major character defect in her, despite intensive media digs.

    3. Liability: possible personal matters that can hurt the general election.

    McCain: His aids have strong tie with lobbyists. His wife’s financial data.

    Obama: His dealings with the indicted Chicago land dealer. His relationship with Rev Wright. His wife’s stand on races and America. His past history of smoking and drug

    Hillary: Bill Clinton’s history and dealings.

    4. Electability:

    Obama can win the nomination, but not the general electron. The 2008 general election, using the 2004 presidential election results as a reference, will essentially be divided between the “red” and “blue” states. When weighing in different voters compositions (races and genders) and the general perception about the candidates, Obama may lose one or two of big blue states such as CA, NY and PA, besides Ohio.

    Hillary has been able to capture most of the blue states in the primary, despite strong completions from Obama. If she is the democratic candidate, she has a very good chance to keep all the blue states in the camp, besides being favored in Ohio and Arkansas. However, her chance of being nominated is less than 50%.

    April 15, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. joe


    April 15, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  11. Beautiful thing...

    I personally believe it is your actions that show your patriotism not the flag pin. Although the flag pin is viewed by some as a symbol of patriotism, it is ultimately the actions of a person that determines their patriotism. Some individuals that wear flag pins religiously behave in very unpatriotic ways.

    It was a beautiful gesture to give the flag pin as a gift and rightfully so, Obama immediately put it on!

    Before all the negative Obama hate starts as it usually does, keep in mind it was presented to him as a gift that he glad accepted & immediately put on. This was not something he just showed up with and began wearing. This is a key difference for everyone who will say that he is doing it for show!

    April 15, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. Jesse

    Great for Obama! It shows you who Obama will wear that pin for. The troops who risks they're lives in Iraq and in past wars. That shows true Patriotism.

    April 15, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Obama is a Fake!

    So now, suddenly, he sports the pin on his lapel. This guy does whatever is opportunistic at the moment. PA, IN, et al - listen carefully to what he says - has he proposed any programs on his own? NO! He just piggybacks on other peoples' comments. But if you want him, you've got him! And then - how will you get rid of him? Think about that before it's too late! Honestly, now - WHAT has he proposed that would make our country a better place. Hope? I already have that - every day I get up I have HOPE - I don't need him to tell me that. EXPERIENCE? Yes, that's what I want in my president, and he DOES NOT HAVE ANY! Hillary Clinton does!

    April 15, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. Amy

    Is this really a story?? Come on people, stop trying to find reasons to doubt this man's patriotism. It is shallow, without merit, and an insult to the dialogue of the real issues we face as Americans.

    Cnn please post this...you guys never post me comments.

    April 15, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. karen from philly

    uh, you guys in the media will write about anything. Are you gonna follow Obama to see how many bathroom breaks he takes?

    April 15, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Isn't that wonderful!

    Sen. Obama has been working to get better medical care etc for the Veterans and they are showing him that they appreciate it.

    Way to go Sen. Obama, keep up the good work.

    April 15, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. Karen G

    From what we have seen so far you don't treat your fellow Americans very well, do you?You hang with trash , and evil people and you have insulted many people across the. You have insulted Hillary in every way and then you use rasism as and excuse.USA. Whats next.

    April 15, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. Obama's Pin!

    WOW! Now we have the pin on his lapel! I guess that makes him perfect! Geez!

    April 15, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. Obama's Pin!

    Wow! Now he sports the pin - I guess that makes him perfect – again - but NOT in my book!

    April 15, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  20. Obama's Pin!

    OK, CNN - so post my comment, already!

    April 15, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  21. jonsey

    isnt this the same candidate that said that he didnt have to show his patriotism by wearing a flag pin but rather he shows it through his actions? yes i guess he is becoming that which he said he would not become, a typical washington politician. what else has he changed his mind about? wake up everyone. he is not tye frsh face that we thought he was and he is not above the political machine like he said he would be. also why does he get many chances to explain his mispoken words? and why does he take personal jabs at hillary but she doesnt take personal jabs at him? he said he wouldnt get personal but he lied. and why do all of you gun totin, bible thumpin back woods small town people forgive him for calling you just that? the polls show that you dont care!!!!!!!!!! if you dont then i dont either.

    April 15, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Real people for real man.

    Well it is a gift from someone's heart.
    Wear it with pride.

    April 15, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. Peter

    Barack, it is sad that a veteran, representing disabled veterans, had to shame you into wearing this. Either wear it or don't, but don't be a hypocrite on every issue.

    April 15, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  24. Jack in ND

    If he wants to, that's his business.

    No one should feel compelled to wear one though...how ridiculous is that?

    April 15, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  25. Key West Sun

    To late now Obama! surprised you knew what it was, we know you don't know what it stands for.

    April 15, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
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