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

Obama to deliver 'major speech' on patriotism

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/30/art.obamaflag.gi.jpg caption="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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Obama: All talk, all the time. Learn to walk the walk, Obama.

    June 30, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. AJ

    Thank you Mr. President

    June 30, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Matthew

    Obama? Delivering a speech? A major speech? What a shock!

    I swear, never have I seen a politician who likes the sound of his own voice more than this guy!

    June 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. linda n carolina

    It's a sad time in America when a man has to give a speech to defend his patriotism.

    June 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Scott L

    "I decided I won't wear that [flag] pin on my chest," – Barack Obama October 2007.

    I am sure he will be wearing it during this speech. What a hypocrite.

    June 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. From Canada

    Go Bam!!!!

    June 30, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. Ted

    Who is he going to get to write it for him?

    June 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. California Voter

    Isn't is strange that a candidate who is running for President of the United States is making speeches on his patriotism.

    June 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Craig

    I think you missed a left bracket, there.

    June 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Craig

    Make that an entire image tag.

    June 30, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Bobby

    Goods News!

    OBAMA 2008-2012

    June 30, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. California Voter

    Perhaps it isn't so strange, when I think back to Michelle's stump speeches . . . . .and their membership in a black liberation church . . .

    June 30, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. MD

    He doesn't need to patronize his country by wear a flag lapel pin to prove he is patriotic. He has proved it already through his years of public service and dedication to his country. Putting an American flag out on your lawn or a car bumper sticker that says "God bless America" doesn't make you patriotic.

    June 30, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. FLGirl

    Please STOP with the speeches already.
    Shut him up! What a fraud! Super flip-flopper...


    June 30, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Jan from Michigan

    Can we have a few more positive articles about McCain. I realize CNN is owned by a liberal organization, but you will lose viewers after this election if you continue to pander to Obama. He is not that far ahead of McCain and is losing ground. I love your formats on this blog-they are much easier to respond to, but I am pretty tired of Obama in jeans , Obama in gym, Obama in Virgin Islands in shorts, Obama with "cell phone bulge in pocket", Obama kissing Hillary. To get information about Senator McCain, I have to go to Fox. Please help us people out who are trying to decide, after Hillary, on who to vote for.McCain can"t be as bad as Obama people like to portray him!

    June 30, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    GOOD! Someone needs to talk about this, and remind us of what patriotism is REALLY about! When we start to question one another's love of country, we are on a DANGEROUS slippery slope!

    In Nazi Germany, the Soviet countries & China, unless you agree with your government and leadership you could be killed! WE, sadly, started heading down that road with ALL THE PATRIOTIC talk after the war with Iraq started! That's dangerous and it smacks all the sacrifices made by our forefathers in battling for our FREEDOM!

    OUR NATION was founded by people who questioned their government, who DARED TO DREAM AND HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW! Those of us who oppose Bush, the war with Iraq and his failed policies DO SO .... BECAUSE WE LOVE OUR COUNTRY!

    The last 8 years have been a threat to OUR DEMOCRACY, with the attitude of some, "country love it or leave it"! THEY ARE WRONG.

    June 30, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Fraser from Maryland

    I plan to watch this.

    June 30, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. Mike-Woodmont CT

    Nice way to squander $100.000!!! I think that the DCCC needs to take some lessons from the Obama campaign!!!

    June 30, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Tom

    Obama is a true American!!!

    June 30, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Hello!!!

    OMG....here we go again. Does this man think he needs to make speeches to educate all of us on every subject? Maybe he needs to learn a little bit himself. Most Americans already got it. We love our country, hate sexism and hate racism.

    He really needs to get off his high horse......he's the one that seems to need the lessons.

    June 30, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. carlo

    And the haters attack in 4, 3, 2, .....

    June 30, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Kris

    I think we all know that Obama is a proud Patriot and this issue is always being raised that he is not by the Repulican noise machine and sour Hillary supporters that are going backwards if they are voting for MCcain. What ever happened to the VALUES a DEMOCRAT STANDS FOR. OBAMA STANDS FOR THOSE VALUES WE CHERISH. America is ready for a new and fresh leader who is smart enough to get the job done. YES WE CAN! OBAMA 08-12!

    June 30, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. proud army and navy mom

    That's what I respect about Sen Obama. He is the real deal. he does not shy away from controversial discussion nor is he afraid of the repugs and whatever dirt they try to throw at him.

    Sen Obama can do this because he has truth and high morals, and the blessing of God on his side. If God is with you, who shall prosper against you?

    June 30, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. mhg


    June 30, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Go Get them Senator

    Show them that you care deeply about this country senator. We Know you wiil deliver 100%.

    June 30, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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