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. Wake up America

    Anybody who believes that you have to wear a flag pin to be patriotic really really really has a major intellectual issue.

    As for the PUMA PAC, just be republicans get a life !

    June 30, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Thinking

    We better listen, we might learn some valuable things.

    June 30, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Barack #1

    While John Mccains panders to us and occasionally lies or forgets and talks down to us like he does his wife, Barack shows us respect and talks to us as equals. He is brutally honest and does not shy away from the tough topics. Thank you Barack for treating us like adults.

    June 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Tully

    and Rev Wright will be right next to him echoing his sentiments! Gimme a break! People are growing tired of this creation.

    June 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. Dan, TX

    CNN is a lousy news service and most of the people posting here are lousy Americans. Immature I guess would be a better word. What a joke, there isn't anyone posting here who is more of a patriot than Obama.

    June 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Natasha/Supporter of Democrats/Obama

    I am second to thank you Mr. President.

    All though I have never had a problem with your patriotism. I know who you are, America's Next President.

    June 30, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. A broamined white man

    PUMA or PUMA PAC is another name for racist

    Their comments make me sick to the stomach

    White male

    June 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Janey for McCain

    For a genuine patriotic American, national security takes priority over every other issue. If the nation is not secure–cannot adequately defend its interests or it's citizens–every other issue becomes irrelevant. The one issue that unites Republicans and Conservative Democrats is belief in their country. Things like abortion, immigration, gay rights are issues that are secondary–if you do not have national security–you are nothing but a powerless country and have no protection against powerful terrorist countries and oil-rich regimes. John McCain is above reproach in this aspect of his campaign. So, think twice before you vote for all of these other issues if you want to remain a free America. Michigan voter

    June 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. kurt

    White people stole this country from the Indians so it is only fair that they lose the same country to people of other ethnical backgrounds. The Republicans want to wall off the country like they are doing with the border and just as they are doing with the cities of Iraq. Peace but at what cost. A total loss of personal freedoms doesn't faze the red party what so ever. This vote is a referrandum on our Country joining the World not trying to control it.

    June 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Enlightened Voter

    John Mcwar doesn't wear a flag pin, neither did Hillary yet they pounce on Obama for it. Why? Interesting...

    June 30, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Fella from Chicago

    Unity, N.H and now Independence, Mo. on the 4th. Stop the symbolism clown and start enlightning the American public on how you're going to solve some of the major domestic issues on hand during your term in office without the benefit of mirrors. Geez you're a fraud!

    June 30, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. H-ROD

    People like alice make me sick are they just numb in the brain or have no brains 4 more years of the Mcsame will sink everyone even the clueless like alice , Alice baby come on help us save you from yourself!!! (yes OBAMA can)111

    June 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Greg

    It's becoming painfully clear that giving speeches is the only thing Obama can do. Just look at how he stumbles when he tries answering a question off the cuff. No wonder he wimped out of the "town hall challenge" from McCain.

    All words, no substance...it's becoming clear what Obama is all about. Hopefully the rest of America can figure it out before November and make sure Obama is unemployed come January!!

    June 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. George

    This should be good. Now he has to convince us he is Patriotic. He can neither be trusted nor do I believe he is patriotic.

    If you have to tell people you are patriotic, then maybe they don't see it in your actions.

    This is actually embarrasing for him.

    June 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Obama = Carter's 2nd term

    Here what some of what you will hear "you know so of those out there are going to question my patriotism" "you know some out there will say he has a funny name" He might even throw in the big one again "did you know he is black."

    He sounds like a broken record. Where is the change??? I meant other than the flip flops. Everyone running for office does that. Yes I mean McCain also. I thought Obama was going to be different?? He sounds just like all the rest.

    June 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. mford

    What a joke this looser is!!! He is a liar and a disgrace to stand emotely close to a flag!

    June 30, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Please clear the air on this Senator. I can not tell how many unpatriotic individuals run for president. Must be all of NONE ???? Not to mention Islamic Radicals............lots of those folks also run for President. Even if you are not a radical muslim the RED-NECKS KNOW you are disquising your true character. You know once you get into office it is SO easy to convience the military to attack all of our foriegn friends and then take over all the RED NECK states. They are the ONLY ONES who figured out that you were anti- american and want to overthrow our nation. Isn't this nuts folks ??? Here we are with the economy sinking fast, our American Familiy are losing their homes, and SO many more do not have access to health insurance...and we are wasting the valuable time of the ONE individual who can help solve the real problems we have...defending why he would EVEN want to help this country by becoming its President. PRETTY SAD ISN'T IT ???

    GO OBAMA

    June 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. sarah

    he could dress up like "Uncle Sam", march down mainstreet waving flags, and singing God Bless America and i would still ignore him. he has only been in the u.s. senate for 3 yrs and has spent that time being ultra liberal, or campaigning to be president. his qualifications for the job are non existent and he is a joke. i will not vote for him no matter how stirring his speeches are, im not impressed

    June 30, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. WML

    Yes, putting a flag pin on doesn't necessarily mean you are patriotic, but for someone who is "serving" in the Senate and is running for president, he should wear it in support of the troops. One can support troops and not the war. Just like he saw no need to go to Iraq. Um, if you're trying to be president, shouldn't you go over there to witness for yourself what is going on, even though you will be given the "everything is rosy" tour.

    I have seen Obama with the pin since he said he doesn't have to wear one to prove anything. As with his speeches, getting rid of Rev. Wright, making "nice" with the Clintons, this man will do, say, wear anything to get the presidency. And, what a shock that he's giving another speech... will that be his presidency?

    There's a problem... I'll give a speech. Actions speak louder than words.

    June 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Chad, Wisco

    Why are all Obama speeches considered HUGE!!! I will give him credit that he is an excellent speaker, one of the best I've seen. But people need to remember that speeches are just speeches. They are nothing more than words written, usually by someone else, used to make people feel good. Words dont have substance. While Obama may be a great leader someday, he needs to prove that he is that by his actions not his (or someone elses words).

    June 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. sc

    His speech will mean nothing ..
    Lying half breed.
    Get him back where he came from !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go McCain !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Phil Newton Oregon

    Patritism is not letting your country be destroyed by cynical, corporate politicians who have sold us and killed our youth for oil.

    Patritotism is health care, labor rights, education, a good economy and a secure nation - made so by an honorable and strong foreign policy.

    It's not a flag lapel pin.

    OBAMA 08

    June 30, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. LOL @ PUMA

    Booo Hoooo
    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

    Too bad it's all fake. Don't you repubs have something better to do, like tell us WHY somebody should vote for McGramps?

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Dem

    Holy CR*P! Another speech. What a shock.
    How about debating McCain?? Don't care about how many debates you did with Hillary. If you want my vote tell me how you plan on accomplishing all this 'change'. Cause all I have heard in the past few weeks since you have won the nomination is how you have 'changed' your mind on some of the key issues you supported or didn't support.
    Stop flip-flopping, stop with the self indulgence speeches. STOP with the racial card. And please start laying out your plans for America.
    Not the yes we can fix this... blah blah blah.
    Go head to head with McCain in a debate. Is he afraid of losing the debates and showing his inexperience even more?
    We are in deep trouble if the best America could come up with is these two whackos for president.

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Jo Ann

    Seah free yourself Obama has as much right to talk about pariotism as any american has, why don't we really listern maybe we will all learn something other than hate and division.

    June 30, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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