Video: Manufactured controversy of the day

posted at 6:39 pm on October 22, 2007 by Allahpundit

It happened more than a month ago, even before the flag lapel pin controversy, but for some reason it’s just breaking now.

It’s going to be a long campaign, folks. Click the image to watch.

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File this one under “Star Mangled Banner”.

Yikes.

Dork B. on October 22, 2007 at 8:42 PM

Hillary can’t sing it, or remember all the words.

fogw on October 22, 2007 at 8:48 PM

Obama is a nincompoop. Whoever invested time and money grooming him for the presidency should demand refunds … um, wait, Obama should demand apologies from them for leading him to think he had a chance. Hmmm, okay, both.

Dusty on October 22, 2007 at 7:00 PM

One of the little noted sub-plots of the Obama for President story is the support of his Illinois colleague, and assistant majority leader of the Senate Dick “the Weenie” Durbin.

How exactly is Durbin soothing the savage HilldeBeest over this betrayal, even though it’s obvious that he had no choice but to pander to Obama? Or is this sort of public stupidity the answer that Durbin already knew — that Obama isn’t prepared for the limelight, and will shoot himself in the foot?

Jaibones on October 22, 2007 at 8:49 PM

It’s Enrico Palazzo!

Dash on October 22, 2007 at 8:50 PM

Where’d they find a black R & B singer (artistic license, here) in Iowa?

Jaibones on October 22, 2007 at 8:51 PM

thuja on October 22, 2007 at 8:32 PM

If your information and analysis is correct, you have just trumped the whole rest of this thread.

MB4 on October 22, 2007 at 8:56 PM

If he’s too stupid to pretend he’s patriotic, he’s too stupid to be elected. If he is elected, then America is way beyond its expiration date and soon to be discarded.

windbag on October 22, 2007 at 8:58 PM

Well, if that is protocol, they need to include that in all the announcements at the sporting events that I go to.

They always say ‘please rise and remove your hats. . . ‘

They should say ‘please rise, remove your hats, and place your hand over your heart’.

They never include the ‘place your hand over your heart’.

I’m willing to admit that I’m wrong, but I don’t think it is an indictment against someone’s patriotism who does not know.

ThackerAgency on October 22, 2007 at 9:09 PM

Is that a joke about the Church of Christ or do they really have a rule against saluting the flag?

Bad Penny on October 22, 2007 at 9:09 PM

Give me a break. Anyone who has EVER seen a baseball or football game knows to put your hand on your heart. Are you telling me he couldn’t see the crowd for a clue?

As for Edwards – he did have his hand on his heart. What’s more, he and Kennedy knew to face the flag. Clinton was facing the cameras. Predictable.

Obama is gonna say he was caught up in the rousing rendition of the anthem – so emotional he forgot.

Agrippa2k on October 22, 2007 at 9:11 PM

ThackerAgency

YOU ARE RETARDED!!

Agrippa2k on October 22, 2007 at 9:11 PM

Could the “singer” have possibly been worse? Roseanne Barr wasn’t available?

In Obama’s defense I would have covered my ears.

jdkchem on October 22, 2007 at 9:15 PM

As if this matters, he is being used as bait; part of the chum.

Hillary is what counts and she did it right…just makes her look better.

right2bright on October 22, 2007 at 9:17 PM

In uniform, face the flag, come to attention, render salute with right arm, remain until the anthem ends. No applause.

Not in uniform, face the flag, stand still, right hand over heart. Singing along is permitted, although this rendition was awful.

It’s not that tough. Is anyone grooming this guy?

AmericanDad on October 22, 2007 at 9:22 PM

Right now I am not sure what is more offensive: Obama not holding his hand to his heart, or that woman singing!

ToddonCapeCod on October 22, 2007 at 9:23 PM

I’m willing to admit that I’m wrong, but I don’t think it is an indictment against someone’s patriotism who does not know.

ThackerAgency on October 22, 2007 at 9:09 PM

You didn’t know but now you do. I’m not questioning your patriotism either. Obama is in a position that he better know traditions and customs. He knew better than this.

Pam on October 22, 2007 at 9:30 PM

Looks like he’s gotta pee to me.

robblefarian on October 22, 2007 at 9:39 PM

I’m just worried that he could be our nest VP.

Dork B. on October 22, 2007 at 9:43 PM

I’ll try that again: I’m worried that he could be our next VP.

Dork B. on October 22, 2007 at 9:44 PM

If he’s too stupid to pretend he’s patriotic, he’s too stupid to be elected.

windbag on October 22, 2007 at 8:58 PM

And too stupid to be the Islamic Manchurian Candidate that many claim he is. A real one would be more savvy.

baldilocks on October 22, 2007 at 9:49 PM

That was painful to listen to. Just sing the song the right way! We don’t want to hear all that “listen to me sing a million notes per second” crap!

nottakingsides on October 22, 2007 at 9:58 PM

In uniform, face the flag, come to attention, render salute with right arm, remain until the anthem ends.

AmericanDad on October 22, 2007 at 9:22 PM

When outside.

I’m worried that [Obama] could be our next VP.

Dork B. on October 22, 2007 at 9:44 PM

I don’t think so. But the next (possible) VP can be seen in the above photo. Just as bad and possible worse.

The only thing that might prevent Richardson (NM) from accepting a VP position on the Dem ticket is the fact that Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) is retiring next year. Richardson might find it a more strategic move to run for that seat.

baldilocks on October 22, 2007 at 9:59 PM

When outside.

So if you are indoors at say a basketball game you don’t put your hand over your heart? I just don’t think this protocol is taught as much as say . . . sexual deviancy in schools. I know I never learned it.

ThackerAgency on October 22, 2007 at 10:08 PM

ThackerAgency on October 22, 2007 at 10:08 PM

You always place your hand over your heart..there are no exceptions.

Pam on October 22, 2007 at 10:17 PM

So if you are indoors at say a basketball game you don’t put your hand over your heart?

ThackerAgency on October 22, 2007 at 10:08 PM

Please read the context: in uniform.

baldilocks on October 22, 2007 at 10:18 PM

my civil rights were just violated by having to listen to that singer god she sucked but obama you put your hand over your hart not over your “…. & …..”

Mojack420 on October 22, 2007 at 10:21 PM

Every brother knows that when a sister sings the national anthem it could take years to finish.

This was rude beyond belief but if I was standing close to Hillary I would hold on to my balls too

400lb Gorilla on October 22, 2007 at 10:50 PM

Hmm, well some women say that men think with their ___s, which would mean their brains are in their ___s. Maybe, in Senator Obama’s case, his heart is in his ___?

Some say men have a big brain and a ‘little brain’… maybe Senator Obama has a big heart and a ‘little heart’.

Alright, stupid jokes. And not that funny even. I like 400lb Gorilla’s joke better.

I’ll go back to watching football and stick to my day job…

Michael in MI on October 22, 2007 at 11:02 PM

Looks to me like he had to pee. I know the singer made me want to release waste.

thedecider on October 22, 2007 at 11:40 PM

Maybe he was protesting the singer…she sucked.

sunny

That’s the first thing I thought too haha.

Benaiah on October 22, 2007 at 11:55 PM

You always place your hand over your heart..there are no exceptions.

Pam on October 22, 2007 at 10:17 PM

Anyone in ‘proper’ uniform would salute, all others would put their hand on their heart.

Those in uniform would include policeman, military persons, Boy & Girl Scout Troops, etc.

HarryStar on October 23, 2007 at 12:01 AM

By the way, this was absolutely disgraceful!!!!!!

Somebody should fire those who ‘handle’ Senator Obama. Please, PLEASE tell me this wasn’t his version of a protest!!!

HarryStar on October 23, 2007 at 12:02 AM

Don’t doxologize it, bro!

csdeven on October 23, 2007 at 12:47 AM

Agreed, it’s a manufactured controversy.

What isn’t? That singer. My God, I thought there was a problem with the sound system.

amerpundit on October 22, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Major problem.

It. Was. On.

soundingboard on October 23, 2007 at 1:21 AM

Barack “Junk Basket” Obama.

RushBaby on October 23, 2007 at 1:25 AM

Was it just me, or did Hillary look burlier than Barack?

Black Adam on October 23, 2007 at 1:34 AM

Obama is dangerously naive.

pat on October 23, 2007 at 3:19 AM

Revive that clip of the beauty contestant playing the bugle while re-enacting Star Wars battle scenes. It had more class & believability.

Coronagold on October 23, 2007 at 7:26 AM

The Madressa-man, Baraka Hussein Obama, is not fit to be President of the United States. The singer is not fit to sing. Gawd!

sinsing on October 23, 2007 at 7:26 AM

In uniform, face the flag, come to attention, render salute with right arm, remain until the anthem ends.

AmericanDad on October 22, 2007 at 9:22 PM

When outside.

baldilocks on October 22, 2007 at 9:59 PM

You render a salute if you’re wearing a cover indoors also.

BadgerHawk on October 23, 2007 at 7:59 AM

It’s not a manufactured controversy.

Whether he likes it or not, ceremony is a part of the job he’s running for. If we can’t trust him to get the little things correct, how are we supposed to trust him with anything bigger?

James on October 23, 2007 at 8:02 AM

Barry looks like he’d rather be anywhere else. Notice the pink flowers on the stage? Is that a subtle shout-out to code pink?

RMR on October 23, 2007 at 8:22 AM

What’s the big deal? I don’t cover my heart during the national anthem either. I take my hat off, stand at attention, usually hold my hands in front or behind me, and stay quiet (even if the singer sucks) until the end.

Didn’t somebody on SNL recently parody national anthem singers?

Hootie on October 23, 2007 at 9:03 AM

I don’t know if this is biologically possible, but I think my ears cried.

dvldog1142 on October 23, 2007 at 9:19 AM

And this moron wants to be the leader of the free world…it’s what dems are all about…he’s a low-life…doesn’t belong in the presidential race…

areseaoh on October 23, 2007 at 9:39 AM

I’m guessin’ that alot of the folks who say ‘not a big deal’ and ‘manufactured controversy’ are from the ‘bluer’ areas of the country. I know in the Bible Belt it would be a BIG DEAL. (I’m with the Big Deal folks- If You can’t trouble yourself to properly honor the national anthem and american flag- WHILE RUNNIN’ FOR POTUS- then I could NEVER be bothered to vote for you)

Ex-tex on October 23, 2007 at 9:49 AM

Hootie on October 23, 2007 at 9:03 AM

Well, sorry to have to say this because I don’t think you mean any disrespect, but you’re doing it wrong too. The ‘big deal’ isn’t that lots of people do it wrong…the big deal is that lots of people aren’t running for President, a job where it is vitally important to do things according to protocol.

Is he going to show disrespect for the protocol of other nations, too? Will he try to high-five Putin and pull a ‘too-slow’ on his ‘down-low?’

James on October 23, 2007 at 9:58 AM

The singing was awful….

roux on October 23, 2007 at 9:58 AM

It was a rendition of our National Anthem. Heh.

Jaibones on October 23, 2007 at 10:11 AM

I’m sure this headline is probably right. But what strikes me is why would someone who feels the way Obama does about our country want to run for President of it? Seems like a big waste of time and effort on both his part and ours. Do citizens who hate their country normally spend millions to become its leader?

My flag pin normally only comes out once or twice a year, but Obama has inspired me to accessorize with it more often in his honor. Amazing how many things red, white and blue go with. :-)

Numenorean on October 23, 2007 at 10:40 AM

It was a rendition of our National Anthem. Heh.

That’d make a good headline at The Onion:

U.S. Goverment’s Rendition of the National Anthem

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sources inside the government have revealed that the CIA has “rendered” the National Anthem to Jordan where it was subjected to abuse, torture, and harsh questioning regarding its alleged terrorist ties.

Mark Jaquith on October 23, 2007 at 12:00 PM

But what strikes me is why would someone who feels the way Obama does about our country want to run for President of it?

Probably because it’s about him and power…it’s about being ‘the first black President,’ not about serving the country.

James on October 23, 2007 at 12:32 PM

All the others where just standing there stoic. How many of you actually put your hand on your heart during the anthem? I sometimes do but not every time. I ALWAYS sing along even though I can’t sing a lick. Sen. Obama is swinging, singing, smiling, and rocking to the music even though it was awful. There’s no there there, unless all presidential candidates need to be conformist robots.

Sultry Beauty on October 23, 2007 at 12:57 PM

Not raised right.

Future commander in chief, you are not.

TexasDan on October 23, 2007 at 2:21 PM

This may be manufactured, but it’s still annoying. Would it have killed him to put his hand to his heart?

Esthier on October 23, 2007 at 3:02 PM

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