Posted by | February 12, 2008 14:58 | Filed under: Top Stories

But the problem isn’t with Houston, or Obama. It’s with those who wish to slime him. This is the kind of dirty politics we can expect the right wing to disgorge this election season.

Barack Obama’s Houston campaign office prominently displays a Cuban flag with a superimposed picture of Che Guevara, the Argentine-born terrorist and revolutionary.

Of course, Obama made an issue of not wearing an American flag pin or placing his hand over his heart during the national anthem, quite rightly pointing out that neither gesture is necessary to be patriotic. But it sure makes him look like a fool when his ultra-left supporters go to work every day under the flag of the dictator Fidel Castro.

So, we are to believe that Barack Obama hates America because someone in his Houston office, an office he may have visited, say, once, put up a Cuban flag with a Che poster.  As for not wearing a flag pin, I’m happy to see a major political figure like Obama stand up against faux symbols of patriotism, as if the bigger your lapel pin, the more patriotic you are.  And he explains the issue of not putting his hand over his heart during the National Anthem (often misstated as his refusal to do so during the Pledge of Allegiance).

“This was not during the pledge of allegiance,” Obama said of the picture taken at Senator Tom Harkin’s, D-Iowa, annual steak fry and first published by Time. “A woman was singing the Star Spangled Banner when that picture was taken.

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“I was taught by my grandfather that you put your hand over your heart during the pledge, but during the Star Spangled Banner, you sing!” Obama said.

Get a load of how this is being portrayed on AOL’s immigration debate board:

  • If this is true it wouldn’t really suprise me.
  • There is NO defense for breaking the laws of this Nation, only excuses….
  • Shouldnt really be any surprise at all, Obama and Clinton have been openly telling the world, with smiles on their faces, they both embrace and will force more of a socialist/communist doctrine on this country if they are elected. The only surprise is how blind many have become.

Steve over at The Carpetbagger Report has the real story.

This started with a report run by the Fox affiliate in Houston. As the station’s report makes clear, “The office featured in this video is funded by volunteers of the Barack Obama Campaign and is not an official headquarters for his campaign.”

So, right off the bat, every far-right blogger who said the Obama campaign’s official Houston office features a Che/Castro flag is mistaken.

The reality is, a volunteer found office space in advance of actual campaign staffers arriving in Houston. One of these volunteers put up the flag, presumably taken from some dorm-room wall. When actual, paid campaign aides show up – they’re due by the end of the week – one can safely assume the flag will be gone.

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