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Friday, November 13. 2009
How you can tell
How you can tell when a guy doesn't feel all that good about his country. This is becoming a pattern. (h/t Gateway)
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:26 | Comments (25) | Trackback (1)
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I can offer a worse explanation. In monarchies, sovereign honors are rendered to the monarch -- who stands to recognize the salute. Does His Hopeful Changeness think he is our sovereign now?
The president could properly put his hand on his heart or salute as the officers are doing. This pose is condescending and/or insulting.
I'm not big on hand on heart myself.
The expectation that a symbolic show is required is an imposition.
Obama is more annoying to more and more Americans every day. He is not a good representative for this country. What a mistake this country made when we essentially elected a President by affirmative action.
I should say the always power drunk Democrats, and easily duped Independents, are to blame. The Democrats must be made to pay big time in 2010 before they run this country into the ground.
2010 and 2012 for the Democrats needs to go down as 1932 did for Republicans. A real power shift. Democrats cannot be trusted with the portfolio of the greatest nation on earth.
I'm not big on hand on heart either, but he's our commander-in-chief at a formal event. That he remember and follow an ages old protocol to show his respect is not, in my opinion, asking very much. I think this occasion deserves a little more reverence than just being quiet - no, a lot more.
He's supposed to be honoring those that gave their lives for us. I think he has shown how much he honors them. I read that troop morale in Afghanistan is low. Do you think that he transmits this message in other ways?
It would be nice if our president showed a little class. Even Clinton could manage that from time to time, but so far the classiest thing he's done is call Kanye West a jackass. It's not even sad.
Fine, but you aren't Commander in Chief and Pres of the USA. There are protocols of respect.
Those who don't want to show respect for the flag have a very shallow understanding of what it stands for.
Good God and baby Jesus what is this man thinking, and he has the balls to say the Cambridge Police acted stupidly.
The sad part is he thinks we are the unwashed ones.
That's one smug, pompous SOB standing up there.
Why do you expect more of the marxist, retribution, reparations, and redistribution president?
As sad as it is and as painful as it will prove to be, we have the president we deserve. And a majority of My Fellow Citizens approve of this jerk.
He's the post-patriotic president!
He's also not an affirmative action president, he's a reverse discrimination president. Nobody wants to say anything bad about a brotha', damn the guy could light up a bong in this photo and the news would be okay with it, so as not to come off as racially insensitive and all.
Barack Obama - The Incredible Shrinking President.
I dunno. Every day he just seems to get smaller and smaller.
When not in uniform, the alternative is a correct position of attention.
I can go either way - attention or hand-on-heart. The "I'm really bored" hands clasped over groin is insulting.
The gentleman second from right in the picture above is using the proper indication of respect when clad in civilian clothes. That is, if he isn't the President of the United States. Obama evidently has SASS [short attention span syndrome] because just a few days ago, when he hauled the White House Press Corps to Dover, Delaware to show them how much he respected the return of our fallen heroes to our soil, he did know how to salute. [Well, pretty well anyway].
As John says above, maybe his barn door was open. Or maybe he was just bored, as usual.
Citizens of foreign countries are not expected to salute the flag of the United States, but can simply stand respectfully.
I agree. But I want limited government conservatives elected, not RINOs.
Holding one's hand over one's heart IS, indeed, a big deal, when that hand belongs to the Commander in Chief. Standing respectfully does not include grabbing one's crotch while others are respecting what his office and nation stand for. And he's our HOPE?
Obama practices the "crotch salute," another of his contributions to debasing America.
As a photographer myself, I don't usually get excited about these "gotcha" photos. More than half the time a photo is NOT truth, that being said it does seem that this president gets caught showing a lack of enthusiasm to the symbols of our country a awful lot.
After he was elected and before he took office I decided to hope that perhaps President Obama would make a extra effort to make at least a show of patriotism. To defuse the criticism of his opponents if for no other reason. That does not seem to be the case.
Now I'm trying to decide, for myself only, is his behavior because he was brought up so very differently than anyone I know, or did that background in fact imbue him with a dangerous attitude towards the United States? Rather than a fundamental reverence to the history and achievements of this country does he look at us as a flawed work.
I wonder what Mahatma Gandhi would has changed about the British Empire, if he had been elected Prime Minister?
Like all leftists, Brakabama deeply loves his country. His country, however, exists in his perverted little mind. The real one...the one that exists and has for over 200 years and is being honored by the other people in that photo is a monstrous and evil thing to them. They despise it with every fiber of their being.
Me too, but I'll take anything other than a Dem if that's all I can get. Be choosy where you can be and take what you have to where you have to. Too many 'true' conservatives sitting out the last election because the non Dem choices weren't good enough helped put us in this situation.
The O is deeply in love with the country he's trying to make not the one he currently leads.
He looks as much the Commander in Chief as a Walmart greeter...George Washington would be thoroughly disgusted.
If you were dismayed by those photos of the O not responding to the flag on Veteran's Day, (but had no problem with bowing - which is neither proper protocol nor American, to the Saudi Prince or, yesterday, to the Emperor of Japan - see Why is this man
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