Obama's got a fee-vah and the only prescription is more American flags

Mr. Glaser, who has plumbed the mysteries of public patriotism in his studies, urged people to put the phenomenon into perspective.

“I caution people to be careful about their own perceptions and judging these situations,” Mr. Glaser said.

“This does not have the same connotation as the shallow patriotism one might adopt during a political campaign.”