Slinging Mud At Obama - Part II

29 February 2008

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) recently had this to say about Barack Obama on HBO:

"When you combine that with the fact that the guy [Obama] would not say the Pledge of Allegiance . . . the famous picture of him standing while Bill Richardson and Hillary Clinton have their hand over their heart, saluting the flag during the Pledge, and Obama has his hands deliberately down, that is disturbing to Americans." -Jack Kingston
First of all, this is just plain untrue. There are no pictures of him refusing to say the Pledge, and there are no examples of him ever refusing to say the Pledge. In fact, here is a clip of him leading the Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance:

What Kingston is referring to is this picture:

However, that picture was not taken during the Pledge of Allegiance. It was taken during an awful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. See for yourself:

Notice how Obama is even the only one who is singing along. Also, keep in mind that, according to the director of communications for the Maryland Historical Society, modern custom does not require one to put his hand over his heart during the Star Spangled Banner. If you've ever been to a football or baseball game, you know what I mean. Hell, not even George H.W. Bush put his hand over his heart during the Star Spangled Banner.

(h/t Cameron)

Part I: False claims that Obama was educated at a radical madrassa.

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