Finally: The Obama Spangled Banner

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 “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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