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.


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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Lisa

    While Michelle is in etiquette school, obama need to brush up on his debating skills. His supporters are so dumb they let him get away with saying he's already debated 22 and that's enough. Unfortunely 22 times in not enough considering you are running to become The President Of The United States. As Hillary would say "Who's Counting!!!"

    Barack you have to stop misleading your supporters!!! It's just not right!!

    June 30, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Cody

    Obama, please don't pander to those who cannot comprehend that one can be patriotic and not wear a flag pin. You won't win their votes anyway. Don't dilute your message to win votes. Quite frankly, you don't need to. This is a rare moment in history - things can change and people can open their eyes to new ways of seeing. Don't be ashamed of the strongest parts of your vision.

    June 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Herman in LA

    I think while Barack Obama is giving a speech on patriotism and what it means to him in America, why don’t John McCain, Senator Clinton, Bill Clinton, Mike Huckabee, Shawn Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, give a speech on racism and racial equality to stop the violence against Obama and people of color.

    June 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. K

    Speeches mean nothing.

    June 30, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Dave, IN

    Can't we just agree that both Obama and McCain are patriotic and go back to the real issues. I'm tired of the "my patriotism is bigger than your patriotism" kind of discussions.

    The issue is not who is more patriotic but whose position on the economy, health care, Iraq, gas prices, and similar issues is more aligned with the average voter.

    June 30, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Tammy - KCMO

    These types of attacks on Obama need to stop. It amazes me how many ignorant people will believe emails that have been forwarded hundreds of times with these types of lies in them.

    Obama is also right about having to deal with the RNC coming after him with racist remarks:

    "Norquist dropped by The Times’ Washington bureau today and, as part of his negative critique of Obama’s liberal stances on economic issues and other matters, he termed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee “John Kerry with a tan.”"

    What happened to debating on issues that affect all of us instead of these stupid, ignorant personal attacks? The Republican party will never have my vote EVER again!

    June 30, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Lisa

    No Obama keep Michelle away!!!!

    June 30, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Mike H

    I hope he says it's unpatriotic to start a war in Iran based upon lies and subservience to the Isaeli Lobby.

    June 30, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. JUAN

    Are we ever going to see anything other than speeches from this guy???

    June 30, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. therealist

    All those promises that Barack Obama made about changing the political dynamic and running a different kind of campaign and yet we see the same old tired games of political hate from the same of tired partisan hacks. If Barack Hussein Obama expects the American people to believe his pledges, then he needs to except a little responsibility and condemn these democratic hack attacks going on daily now...

    June 30, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Josh

    You shouldn't even have to do this Obama. You proved your patriot and love for this country when you voted no to invade Iraq.
    Obama=True Patriot

    June 30, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Paula Diane

    Barack seems to have to work three times harder at explaining who he is than any other candidate. It is a good thing he is young, intelligent and the perfect candidate to win the presidency. !! God speed Barack.

    June 30, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. seah

    The man who has torn the country apart.

    The man who's speeches from day one were used to turn the people against their President, their government and other Americans.

    The man who torn the democratic party in two, they continued to rip it apart more, moving half to Chicago.

    How much of his speech will divide more? How much will be aimed at causing more racial divide?

    How much more will he turn people against the troops in iraq and the war?

    How much of it will be his famous mind conditioning to control more Americans?

    He is Still a Jr Senator from Illinois, just running for President, But his head is so big he thinks he is President already.

    His highly motivational mind conditioning speeches, trance like, hypnotic that gets people to do what ever he says, believe what ever he says and they are owned by him.

    Don't listen or the Day American Celebrates as Freedom your mind will be enslaved to Obama.

    Go on your Picnic, Enjoy your family, Have fun and Celebrate, then read the transcript do not listen to it.

    Keep yourself Free

    God Bless America

    June 30, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hey what does he know about Patriotism except what he read in a book somewhere in the safety of his den.

    He is the one candidate to "dis" our flag and I saw one photo op of him not paying tribute to our National Anthem. I don't think he supports our values and for him to talk about patriotism is the ultimate slap in your face.

    He should talk about things he knows about like quitting when he is overcome. He just picks up the ball and runs home. Ask his former preacher about his record of quitting.

    I just don't trust this inexperienced man and the job we are hiring out is not one for OJT. He gives fluffy cotton candy speeches with no substance.

    Give me a break.

    June 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. ShayFad

    I can't wait to be inspired again.
    His speeches are such motivation for younger adult professionals everywhere.
    Go ahead repubs, start the hate.
    If you actually listen, maybe you'll gain something too.

    June 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. TEXAS FOR OBAMA

    Barack Obama is a true American with or without a FLAG PIN!

    John McCain doesn't wear a pin. No one questions his patriotism. Being held in captivity doesn't make McCain ready to be President. Being a Senator for the past 30 years doesn't either. It appear Bush/McCain/Republican's are going to start a war in Iran just before the Election. They are disgusting.

    I look forward to hearing Barack's speech. He is going to be one of American's greatest Presidents'.

    God Bless the USA

    June 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Maggie

    ***YAWN*** another Obama speech

    June 30, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. One Vote

    HE IS THE MOST PATRIOTIC PERSON IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL RACE... NOW HE WILL ARTICULATE IT TO AMERICA.... ATLEAST THE ONE'S THAT ARE NOT CONVINCED....

    OBAMA 08...

    June 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. enomisa

    Oh my God... ANOTHER speech.
    Obama is becoming a laughing stock.

    Just how self-impressed and important DOES he think he is?

    Get this lying hypocrit who loves to hear himself lecture and preach, out of here.

    June 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Alice in Florida

    ICK! Not ANOTHER speech!!!!! Barack makes me sick, and I don't think I can stand hearing another 50 SPEECHES in the next couple of months that CNN will gush over for weeks apiece! Thankfully, Obama'll be off TV for good after November!!!!

    PUMA PAC

    June 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. NPA

    When it comes to John McCain, I am with Gen. Wesley Clark:

    “I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.”

    "[McCain] hasn't held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded — that wasn't a wartime squadron.”

    June 30, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Karl Rove, Crawford Texas

    right on!

    Obama 0'8

    June 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. April Garlow

    Just another speech writen by his staff of speech writers that will hit all the right buttons.Patriotism is what you do everyday, if he couldn't stand up for his country when his pastor condemned it for 20 years, why would I listen to this speech?

    June 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Sen.John McCain't!

    hmmmm

    June 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Al, NY NY

    But since he doesn't cow-tow and wear a pin, he is unpatriotic, right? Oh and we can' t wait for the standard "what about Michelle and her comments about being proud?" baloney. The GOP will be predictably disengenuous about this

    June 30, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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