Just remember America, Obama is running for the office of President of the United States and Commander-In-Chief of the men and women who wear the flag everyday…

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa, Oct. 4 — Senator Barack Obama said Thursday that he stopped wearing an American flag pin on his lapel years ago, saying the symbol has become an empty substitute for true patriotism. “My attitude is that I’m less concerned about what you’re wearing on your lapel than what’s in your heart,” Mr. Obama told an audience here. “You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those who served.”As he campaigned through stern Iowa, Mr. Obama paused for a moment to address a political dust-up that occurred after he told a television reporter one day earlier that he stopped wearing an American flag pin shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.

In an interview with KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, he said such symbols “became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism.” He added: “I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe, what will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism.”

Wow… aren’t we filled with ourselves! So it’s what YOU believe that will be a testimony to your patriotism. Maybe so, and that’s true for all of us but what if other Americans don’t agree with YOU and your definition of patriotism? The symbol is NOT about YOU or politics… it’s about all those who have gone before you that have given their blood for our freedoms. More importantly it’s about the pride of simply being an American. Scoring votes with the radical left wingers clearly appears be your true, and now, not so hidden agenda.

Campaign aides, concerned that the remarks might give an impression of the senator as unpatriotic, first sought to explain them in a short statement. But questions about the comments persisted, and when Mr. Obama arrived here Thursday, he addressed the matter directly to an audience of a few hundred supporters.

“Somebody noticed I wasn’t wearing a flag lapel pin and I told folks, well you know what? I haven’t probably worn that pin in a very long time. I wore it right after 9/11,” Mr. Obama said. “But after a while, you start noticing people wearing a lapel pin, but not acting very patriotic. Not voting to provide veterans with resources that they need. Not voting to make sure that disability payments were coming out on time.” New York Times / Oct 4th

Contrast Obama to the Vietnam War Vet who earlier this week cut down a Mexican flag flying “OVER” a U.S. Flag and was charged for his action. Obama’s words seem like a VERY weak excuse for not wearing the symbol of America on the campaign trail for, of all offices, the President of the United States! So why would he make these statements to the press and imply he consciously does NOT wear the flag on his lapel? This coming from the would be Commander-in-Chief of men in women in uniform that wear the flag every day? The answer is simple. He doesn’t want to alienate his beloved radical left wing constituency that he is now pandering to who despise any and all symbols of patriotism.

At least Hillary Clinton and John Edwards have the decency to respect the flag as a symbol of America and do not refer to it as an EMPTY substitute for patriotism. We hope they nail him in the next debate. The statement he made, in our opinion, appears to infer that those who DO wear the flag pin (in particular Republicans we suspect) use it as an “empty substitute for patriotism.” (His words.) It really is interesting how he feels compelled to distance himself from a symbol of patriotism. He knows full well that in the far left circles wearing of the flag is a turn off… It’s crystal clear he is now really comfortable making his bed with the far left in a feeble attempt to win the nomination of his party and in particular the Iowa primary. Sad strategy. Too bad he doesn’t have the courage to rise above it. Maybe he really believes he can flip flop after he gets Iowa and possibly the nomination and will then, and only then, will he move to the middle to win over moderates. Fat chance my friend…. Moderate America does not forget !!