Sunday, October 28, 2007

Barack's lapel pin

Here is about a year until our friends to the south (the United States) head to the polls to elect a new POTUS (President of the United States)(which is different from a ROTUS which would be a Resident of the United States)(but not too different). Of course the liberal media is on the hunt for important stories to keep the US public informed so that in November of 2008 Mister & Missus America (and all the little Americas) can stride into their voting booths full to the brim with knowledge about who is the best person for them to vote for. Democracy will, once again, prevail.

Everybody’s favourite Internet monkey-butt and blabber-mouth, Matt Drudge, has managed to scoop the rest of the liberal media with an October 4, 2007 piece that tears the roof off of that unpatriotic fellow, Democratic Presidential hopeful, Barack Obama. As Matt reveals, Mr. Obama has stopped wearing a US flag lapel pin. With this single story old Matt has opened the flood-gates for sure and the next thing you know journalists from across the United States were dragging every political pundit they could get their hooks into on air so they could discuss the controversy. Is Obama patriotic? Can Obama be trusted with the highest office in the land? Is Obama really Osama? All important questions. How long until this entire affair is labeled ‘lapel-pin-gate’?

One point that Matt neglected to mention (after all, he is a busy man and cannot be expected to cover all the angles) is that Mr. Obama actually stopped wearing the pin right after the 9/11 attacks in New York. As Mr. Obama has said, “The truth is that right after 9/11 I had a pin. Shortly after 9/11 … that became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism.” So the man hasn’t worn a pin for almost six years. Good thing Matt noticed.

The thing is that once the rest of the liberal media found out, then things really took a turn for the strange. On FOX news, which I have heard is fair and balanced, one commentator remarked to well-known liberal, Alan Colmes, “It’s a little weird, Alan, that in the middle of the campaign, the guy takes off the (US) flag that most people wear because they’re proud of their country.” Actually there are a couple of things weird here. One is, “most people”? And why to the rest of the people wear them? For example, why does George W Bush wear one? I would have thought it was patriotism at one time, but there is no way that someone who claims to support the military would arbitrarily extend tours of duty for young US soldiers in Iraq. Obviously if one does not support the US military, one cannot be patriotic. Two, how is September 2001, when Mr. Obama stopped wearing the pin, considered to be “in the middle of the (2008 Preidential) campaign”?

Then again, I suppose that if you spend a lot of time sputtering over lapel pins then you don’t have to talk of think about anything what may actually be important, like Iraq, or a potential war with Iran. I’m probably wrong though. I have been before.

Anyway… Humouroceros

Democratic Presidential hopeful, Barack Obama with a friend and brazenly not wearing a US flag lapel pin. He also has two right hands.


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