Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A Candidate for What?

At the web site, blogger Mark Finklestein asks, "Does [Obama] perhaps believe that, like wearing the flag pin, the hand on the heart isn't 'true patriotism'?"
This refers to a story and photo showing Presidential candidate Barak Obama standing with others, hand over their heart as the National Anthem is played, and he with his hands clasped in front of him, during a Sept. 16 steak fry hosted by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) in Indianola, Iowa. Beside Obama are Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Hillary Clinton holding their right hands over their hearts.
The photo is by Time Magazine (,29307,1662530_1446035,00.html), the video by ABC News.
Finklestein's question is a good one. But more pertinent is this: "Since Americans honor their national anthem by placing their right hand over their heart, and Barack Obama deigns not to do that, what nation is he a candidate for President of? Obviously not America."
Maybe he's just out to make a point. And that's fine, so long as he's not a serious candidate for the presidency of the nation he dishonors.