This story is a couple of months old, but still important -- especially in light of the fact that Obama also refuses to salute the flag. (I guess saluting the flag must also be "a substitute for 'true patriotism' ".)
(AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said he doesn't wear the American flag lapel pin because it has become a substitute for "true patriotism" since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Obama Stops Wearing Flag Pin Oct 4 03:06 PM US/Eastern Asked about the decision Wednesday in an interview with KCRG-TV in, the Illinois senator said he stopped doing so shortly after the attacks and instead hoped to show his patriotism by explaining his ideas to citizens."The truth is that right after 9-11 I had a pin," Obama said. "Shortly after 9-11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security."I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest," he said in the interview. "Instead, I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism."Obama was campaigning inThursday, the second day of a four-day trip to the early voting state.