Finally: The Obama Spangled Banner

posted at 2:30 pm on March 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We’re getting a lot of e-mail about a faceplant from the Democratic Party in Lake County, Florida, which decided to run a little Obama worship up the flagpole to see who’d salute.  Not veterans in the local community, who dragged the media out to the Democratic headquarters to make sure they reported on the altered flag they flew:

A flag depicting an image of President Barack Obama was taken down from Lake County Democratic Party headquarters today after several veterans complained it was a “desecration.”

A short confrontation at the Democratic office ended when party chairwoman Nancy Hurlbert took down the controversial flag, which had been flying under an American flag on the same flagpole.

“It’s a cult of personality to show his face, like Stalin or Mao,” said John Masterjohn, a former Marine and retired schoolteacher from Leesburg. “It’s despicable. They don’t realize how sick they are.”

But Hurlbert said it was the first time that anyone had complained about the flag, which was given as a gift and had been flying for several months without any response from the public.

Fox Nation picked up on the report today:

An American flag with President Obama’s image in place of the stars flew over a Florida county’s Democrat headquarters long enough to enrage local veterans who called the altered banner “a disgrace.”

Lake County Democratic Party officials took down the flag, which flew just below a standard Old Glory on the flagpole outside headquarters in Tavares following complaints by local veterans.But merely taking it down wasn’t enough for several local veterans, who said they fought for the flag Betsy Ross made famous, not one with a politician on it.

“It’s absolutely disrespectful,” Jim Bradford, a 71-year-old veteran who participated in the Bay of Pigs Invasion told FoxNews.com. “It’s totally ridiculous. To put somebody’s picture there, to me, it’s a disgrace to do that.”

I’m not sure whether to be outraged or amused.  It’s one thing for someone to go to the trouble of producing that flag, but another level of cluelessness to actually fly it — and especially at the party’s HQ. It demonstrates a deep disconnect between the Democratic Party leadership and the people they claim to represent.  In the accompanying Sun Sentinel video, one of the veterans angrily castigates the Democratic Party worker for promoting a cult of personality rather than legitimate politicking.  The flag makes that much obvious, but that’s been obvious from the time Obama began to succeed in the 2007-8 campaign, too.

The veterans probably did Lake County Democrats a favor by demanding its removal.  Now their neighbors will stop laughing at them behind their backs.  Well, they will sooner or later, that is.

Update: OK, now here’s a conundrum, posed by Twitter follower Loren S Casuto: “if liberals burn THAT flag, will they be offended or is that free speech?”

Update II: The best (meaning worst) part, as reported by Fox News?

The final insult to veterans? The flag is made in China.

D’oh!  Well, at least they know how to do “cult of personality” in communist China.


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In particular, FDR, that Democrat President,On June 22, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved House Joint
Resolution 303 codifying the existing customs and rules governing the display and use of the flag of the United States by civilians.

(from: http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf )

Of course, that was back when Democrats actually had respect for such things.

ProfShadow on March 14, 2012 at 9:23 PM

When will the Liberals put BHO on a postage stamp like they did GWB.

joeswampy on March 14, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Let me put it another way, Mr. Lowell, that is more in keeping with my usual expressions of disdain and disrespect for Obama and his mindless worshippers.

It would be as frustrating and disgusting were that imbecilic party aparatchik to have smeared stool on the flag of this great country and run it up the flag pole as if we all were to drop to their knees and join in her vacuous admiration.

justltl on March 14, 2012 at 9:40 PM

The final insult to veterans? The flag is made in China.

Oddly appropriate.

SagebrushPuppet on March 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Contact these utter traitors and let them have it.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Done. My note was not at all threatening or abusive. I’m sure their reply to me will be just the same … right?

SagebrushPuppet on March 14, 2012 at 10:41 PM

And if you are hoping for a bad economy before the election, you are an enemy of the state….

Liberal4Life

Dude, slow down. Using phrases like “enemy of the state” is giving away the game a little early, isn’t it? Sort of like that idiot, Valerie Jarrett, who let the truth slip when she said, “Obama is ready to RULE from day one” at the start of his presidency. Terms like “rule” and “enemy of the state” would not even be thought of, let alone used, by conservatives and most independents. Besides, when it comes to wishing harm to the republic, you know damn well that you and your crowd would be happy as hell to see half of America’s cities turned into smoking craters, so long as your “god” was able to rule over the ruins. You yourself, if you were old enough at the time, probably wished for all kinds of horrible things to happen to this country during Bush’s presidency. So take your fake outrage, your sanctimonious self-righteousness and your crap world view over to some site where your delusions can be shared with other miserable mopes. I think DU is still up and running.

Don Michael Bitsconi on March 14, 2012 at 11:02 PM

This is nothing more than a typical democrat loogie on the graves and memories of all those that died defending our freedom under that flag.

That communist wannabee sunufabitch has no place anywhere near that flag let alone ON it. I don’t give a damn if he’s CiC, I had nothing to do with that farce. These liberal progressive pigs need to make up their mind. Either they learn to love the country they live in and the freedom they enjoy in it, or get out, or die in the coming civil war.

Wolfmoon on March 15, 2012 at 1:11 AM

“if liberals burn THAT flag, will they be offended or is that free speech?”

Priceless. Absolutely priceless. lol.

rickyricardo on March 15, 2012 at 2:28 AM

The republic is doomed.

zoyclem on March 15, 2012 at 7:25 AM

You know, if Obama was ruling a country he liked, he could have a picture of him smiling instead of scowling on the flag.

I would prefer a reticle on this flag.

WhatNot on March 15, 2012 at 7:43 AM

WhatNot on March 15, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Mil dot?

swinia sutki on March 15, 2012 at 8:40 AM

For liberals, it is better to have a face of a zero than have 50 stars (or is it 57?). They can’t count anyway.

Sticky Wicket on March 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

When will the Liberals put BHO on a postage stamp like they did GWB.

joeswampy on March 14, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I’ll never work…people will spit on the wrong side…

PatriotRider on March 15, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Make a copy of it with that North Korean dictator’s face next to this guy and fly it at half mast.

Don L on March 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I think the GOP should have created this to scare the indies into voting for anyone but the Marxist messiah.

Don L on March 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I just wanted to point out that that flag is being flown wrong.
It should be upside down signalling distress and have a shoe print upon the face of the Messiah expressing the supreme Islamic insult of a Liar who seeks to be kING!

That is Won flag I would personally burn and not even pee on to put it out.

ConcealedKerry on March 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I can’t wait until Rosie sings the National anthem to it.

Don L on March 15, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The 57 State Flag!

wildcat72 on March 15, 2012 at 10:37 AM

The real “Audacity of Hope”.

NoPain on March 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Back on September 27, 2008 at 7:20 PM, HotAir commenter TheBigOldDog said:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — Santayana

* Speeches in stadiums filled with mesmerized, adoring audiences – Check
* An uninspiring background before meteoric rise – Check
* Creates his own new symbols of power – Check
* Associates with racists, hatemongers and violent radicals – Check
* A propaganda machine willing to show him only in the best possible light – Check
* Uses, “glorious leader” style Agitprop posters common in totalitarian nations – Check (see German campaign poster for example)
* Wants Secret Police force – Check
* Somebody powerful people think they can control – Check
* Often dismissed as a light-weight by his opponents – Check
* Seeks to replace God with the State – Check
* People adopting his name as their own – Check
* Inspires adoration art – Check
* Appropriates symbols of past German glory – Check
* Never plans on giving up power – Check (Obama to be president for the next “eight to 10 years”)
* A narcissistic megalomaniac – Check
* Brazenly Takes credit for other people’s accomplishments – Check
* Wants to build “youth” movement through Universal National State service – Check
* Acts as if in power before he is – Check
* Some followers believe him to be divine – Check
* Worshiped and aided greatly by the media – Check
* Has his own salute – Check
* Has thuggish supporters intimdating political opponents – Check
* Using the power of the State to silence critics – Check

TheBigOldDog on September 27, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Previously, I thought TheBigOldDog should add:

* Followers teach children to sing songs of praise to him – Check

And now, we should add:

Followers fly a flag with his image – Check

Pay attention to history, and see these flags.

Think it couldn’t happen here? Think again.

ITguy on March 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Oh and I just read the flag article by ProfShadow on March 14, 2012 at 9:23 PM

It states:
Modification of Rules and Customs by President.
Any rule or custom pertaining to the display of the flag of the United States of America, set forth herein, may be altered, modified, or repealed, or additional rules with respect thereto may be prescribed, by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, whenever he deems it to be appropriate or desirable; and any such alteration or additional rule shall be set forth in a proclamation.

Maybe President Obama issued a proclamation allowing this new flag. :-)

JeffinSac on March 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM

The DNC in Florida would like to apologize for the Obama Flag that substituted his face for the stars. It was a brave first attempt. The art department is working hard to design one that will replace the stripes as well and begs forgiveness for the slight.

Sherrytex on March 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Obamanation Of Desecration

Badbrucskie on March 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Wow, just wow! This has to be the most egotistical, narcissistic thing I have ever seen! OMG!

College Prof on March 15, 2012 at 1:42 PM

First came the Union Jack Flag now comes the JackAss flag, which to be properly displayed is to be flown upside down and below ANY other flag in sight including the smallish ones attached to lapels!

ConcealedKerry on March 15, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Cluelessness is the best description of the Dem. Party that put up the Obama flag. But, you know, fanatics do that. Those people are nearing the ‘worship’ level of ObamaLove. Scary.

dahni on March 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Just trying out the new flag design for Amerika. Please note that Obama’s face has replaced the 57…er…50 states. Symbolism?

magicbeans on March 15, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Crud, got it wrong…

I’m a Racist, he’s a Racist, She’s a Racist, we’re all Racists, Wouldn’t you like to be a Racist, too?

ProfShadow on March 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Oh and I just read the flag article by ProfShadow on March 14, 2012 at 9:23 PM

It states:
Modification of Rules and Customs by President.
Any rule or custom pertaining to the display of the flag of the United States of America, set forth herein, may be altered, modified, or repealed, or additional rules with respect thereto may be prescribed, by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, whenever he deems it to be appropriate or desirable; and any such alteration or additional rule shall be set forth in a proclamation.

Maybe President Obama issued a proclamation allowing this new flag. :-)

JeffinSac on March 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Actually, that pertains to how to display the flag, not alter the flag. So he could order it displayed at half mast if Ayers died or something….

ProfShadow on March 15, 2012 at 11:57 PM

The ding-dongs are feeling unrestrained and letting everyone know exactly how they think. I pray for a sufficient number of voters who have an eye-full.

Feedie on March 16, 2012 at 1:14 AM

The final insult to veterans? The flag is made in China.

So it turns out they were flying a Chinese flag. Maybe someone could photoshop The One’s mug onto a real Chinese flag?

EconomicNeocon on March 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

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