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Obama to Deliver Patriotism Speech

By Jonathan Weisman
CHICAGO -- Dogged by Internet rumors about the Pledge of Allegiance and the flag on his lapel, Sen. Barack Obama today is flying to Harry Truman's home in Missouri to deliver an address on the meaning of patriotism.

The speech -- deemed a major address by the presumptive nominee's campaign staff -- will be delivered at noon E.S.T. in Independence, Mo., at the Truman Memorial Building on the grounds of Truman's presidential library.

Democratic strategists have warned that a candidate for president still having to defend his patriotism is a candidate in trouble. But Obama showed with his Philadelphia speech on race that he has the ability to defuse issues when he takes them on directly.

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After talked with friends and relatives, we decided that the young people of this country who have no live experice are for Obama; this is understandable as when they get older with wisdon, they will change, U at age 21 was like that, too, thought I knew it all, and voted for JFK, whom I absolutely would not vote for today. He was a nothing presient, as is Obana. Be careful who you vote for as you future and your childrens future depends on it. Obama is a liar, he says what will give him the vote. He will tax, tax, tax, tax, and repratriate. He will ruin our country. Be careful with your vote. You thing you know it all iknow but you will learn later in life that you were fooled.

Posted by: Clyde Nugget | July 1, 2008 2:55 AM | Report abuse

Bush and McCain started their lives on third base and telling everybody they hit a triple.

I can respect McCain for his selfless service to our country, but he is the backwards choice in this election.

Obama is the real deal, folks.

Posted by: Sean | June 30, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Bush and McCain started their lives on third base and telling everybody they hit a triple.

I can respect McCain for his selfless service to our country, but he is the backwards choice in this election.

Obama is the real deal, folks.

Posted by: Sean | June 30, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

After spending 20 years listening to his mentor Jeremiah Wright damn America ... Obama is going to need the 200 million he's spending to buy the Presidency ... and manufacture the illusion that he is a patriot.
... And, the pattern continues, of Obama's hatchet men discrediting his opponents ... followed by Obama being critical of his own hatchet men.

Posted by: Lee | June 30, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen one shred of evidence that Mr. Barack Obama celebrated 9/11. I think that is just a bunch of hot air that people keep blowing. It is pathetic that some idiots even choose to go there and make up things. Seeing that the 4th of July is Friday I see no problem with Patriotism being the theme of the speech versus FISA.

Posted by: Gia | June 30, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

After spending 20 years listening to his mentor Jeremiah Wright damn America ... Obama is going to need the 200 million he's spending to buy the Presidency ... and manufacture the illusion that he is a patriot.

Posted by: Lee | June 30, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The name game is truly ridiculous. For example, by changing one letter in McCain's name, we might think that he is a member of the Jain religion. The fact that his name is only one letter different from McJain really does NOT make him a different religion.

Bush is a good candidate for name manipulation as well. We might think he is a pothead (George Kush?), a big drinker (George Lush), or a giant ass (George Tush).

Let's vote on the issues that really matter -- what candidates will do about education, the war, environment, energy needs and health care. This name mess is really beneath us (I would hope).

Posted by: jessica | June 30, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Man, not only should most of you people not be allowed to vote, you should be sterilized.

Posted by: Luke | June 30, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Patriotism and Obama is a Null Set.

Posted by: DQuixote1 | June 30, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

LOL frank ferina, either you haven't been paying attention, or you're purposely spreading GOP lies.

Bush/McCain are "pro-life, pro-military and love of country"??

As Governor, Bush executed more people than any other, and even joked about some executions. As unelected President, he's killed over 4,000 American troops and about 500,000 Iraqis who never did ANYTHING to us. And McNasty is behind him all the way.

For veterans, Bush and McNasty have tried to screw veterans out of benefits and tried to make wounded soldiers pay for their own meals in the hospital.

And does "love of country" mean polluting the air and water, spreading violent, vicious hatred against fellow Americans, stealing money from the middle and lower class to lavish gifts on the wealthy, preventing people from getting health care and committing treason by outing a CIA agent?

Hey folks, listen up: don't just listen to what politicians say, pay attention to what they DO. And what they say when they think you aren't listening.

Posted by: Jersey Bob | June 30, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I comment on the article linked under "Dogged by Internet rumors" in the post here:

If you trust anything you read in the WaPo, check it out: I hope to change your mind.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | June 30, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Norris for president 2012!

Posted by: Joker Jo | June 30, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

You know what gets me curious about you NoBama supporter who are mostly Democrats. When NoBama ran during the primary he had a platform. Now, since he won and is running for President he has changed his views on so many issues that I will not go into detail here. But, don't you NoBama believers feel lied to. I am not saying that McGain is better but he is a little more pragmatic. He flipped on drilling but was adjusting to very high oil prices. Believe me, if a gallon of gasoline goes to $7 a gallon which is predicted by Goldman Sachs by the winter NoBama will drill a well in the parcel of land adjacent to his mansion which he bought from his convicted felon friend Big Tony.

I hope when McGain goes to Mexico and Columbia this week that he talks about energy security. Both countries have oil reserves both on and offshore. Also, they could be a net export of ethanol which would not effect food prices. Both energy sources would be good for all counties involved and actually might slow down illegal immigration because new value added industries would spawn economic development.

Posted by: Alydar | June 30, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone cares, those who pass along smears/rumors about Obama are violating the 8th commandment aginst bearing false witness.

Regarding what patriotism means, I'd suggest reading The True Patriot, which move the discussion beyond whether or not one wears a lapel pin.

Posted by: GrandmaRuth | June 30, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse


Pro Life
Pro Military
Love of Country

Posted by: frank ferina | June 30, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I am so sick of this non-sense about names. Does anyone shooting off these name-oriented attacks read their Bibles enough to realize that Barack is the name of a biblical hero? He assists Deborah the judge and prophetess in the book of Jugdes 4-5. He is then mentioned in Hebrews 11 as one of the great examples of Jewish (and subsequently Christian) faith. We cannot move anywhere as a nation if we cannot realize the simple fact that names do not tell all about a person. Whether we focus on popular Muslim leaders by the names of Hussein and Osama or on Jewish heros of faith, we must realize that names tell us little about a person. Names are given at birth and are ascribed for vastly different reasons. So please quit wasting time that could be used for constructive dialoge.

As far as the speech today, I am excited to see what Sen. Obama has to say. And EVERY candidate will prefer the method of candidating that is their strength. Why did Clinton not give many speeches? Why doesn't McCain? It's not because speeches are worthless, but because they're bad at them. Speeches are a valuable form of communicating one's ideas, perspective, policy, etc. And every once in a while, a speech goes down in history as something that plays an instrumental role in shaping a nation toward the future.

Posted by: Drew | June 30, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I do not need anyone to tell me what patriotism is because it is different for everyone. Like love, it is a personal mindset and I feel angered when I hear that someone is going to give a speech on patriotism.

I would rather here him give a speech on how we are going to become energy independent because 40% of our trade imbalance is due to sending billions every day to countries that hate us and some that want to use our money to destroy us. I think NoBama has his priorities backwards.


Posted by: Alydar | June 30, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

The problem comes from brown-shirted fascists like Manolete, who posted earlier. They tell you that Obama is simultaneously a fanatic Muslim AND a racist Christian. Don't worry that it makes no sense, just listen to the Grand Oil Party spreading the Big Lie. It's all they can do, since they can't run on their record of screwing the nation. Sieg Heil McCain!

Posted by: Jersey Bob | June 30, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

News that Pennsylvania Dems have continued to increase their registration edge over the past two months is great for Obama's chances to hold PA, and more good news is a poll from Arizona that shows McCain with only a single-digit lead in his home state:

Posted by: Dan | June 30, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

unfortunately, lots of people in the States hate America, for many reasons. the major reason they hate America is just they disagree with other people.

for example, anti-war activist. we saw a lot of these people in the Viet Nam war era, and today.

they will burn the flag, they will trash the metal like John Kerry did, they will charge our troops as murders as john Martha did.

shame on you, and shame on you alike.

Posted by: bart | June 30, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I do not know if Obama was in the church when the famous reverend spewed those hateful, mean and unforgetable sermons to his congregation.

The fact is, and it is a fact, is that Obama was a member of the church for 20 years. Being a Harvard law school graduate you would think that he would have known what was being preached. If not, he is clueless and should not even be considered a presidential candidate. To make matter worse, he was and continues to be personal friends with the racist Rev. So, my view of Obama is that he shares the Rev. views.

Also, he is associated with Bill Ayers who is a known terrorist against America and shared dinners, accepted big campaign contributions from a convicted felon. That real estate transaction pertaining to the parcel adjacent to the Obama's estate makes one wonder why such an upright person would associate with such shady characters. Of course, these are "not the people that he knew". Oh no, of course not.


Posted by: alydar | June 30, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The fact that a presidential candidate's patriotism is EVER even in question should set off the alarm bells. I'm a MO citizen and I can tell you that Obama is not welcome here. At least no outside the St. Louis sewer's city limits.

Posted by: John | June 30, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

long time ago, one of the democratic president said: And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.

Patriotism is non-conditional. you do not be patriotic until your husband got elected as a prisidentcial canditate-like ms. obama did.

you do not hate your country when the government is doing something you disagree.

and, if you do not know, it is JFK said so:
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.

Posted by: bart | June 30, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Finally, someone like Obama will lay it all out and say what true patriotism is. True patriotism is making this country great, being open to new ideas, questioning things that seem to go against our principles, upholding the constitution, thinking critically and having open discussions, helping better everyone around you, and serving your country for what is fair and right when called to do so.

Patriotism is not wearing a flag pin, driving an SUV, spending your tax refund, fighting a war to support oil companies with government ties, or blindly following whatever any government official says.

Posted by: Tim | June 30, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Hey, ever stop to think that patriotism isn't all it's cracked up to be? It has a dark side too ... supporting your gov't, whether you agree with what they say/do or not, isn't a positive thing, it's a sign of a weak-minded person allowing others to do their thinking for them.

RESPECT your gov't. Be AWARE of what they do. SUPPORT them when you agree with what they are doing.

But when they start doing bad, bad things, supporting them is a bad, bad idea.

Posted by: Ash | June 30, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I agree with you, EMBARASSED. Some of the people on here are retards.

MANOLETE is talking about Obama and Osama having only one letter difference. How ignorant?! First and most importantly, who cares? Stop with the fear-mongering. Secondly, Obama is Barack's last name and Osama is Bin Laden's first name.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | June 30, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Manolete, stop showing people how stupid you are, Senator Obama was not even in church when Rev. Wright preached that sermon, so stop repeating a lie. Hillary Clinton former Pastor is in prision right now for molesting a 7 year old in his home, but no one is talking about that. John McCain asked for support from a Minister that called Catholic worst stuff than what Rev. Wright, but people like you continue to show your ignorance by continue to repeat lies.

Posted by: Sheila | June 30, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

It is a shame that a sitting U.S. Senator has to seek national media attention to combat the claims that he is not patriotic.

Hopefully Obama addresses some policy issues in his speech today.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | June 30, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Long live Barack! Only ignorant racist amerikkkans can question hos patriotism!

Posted by: Dominic | June 30, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Manolete idiot! The difference between the names of Obama & Osama is one LETTER (which is a lot of difference)not one WORD. Before BSing learn the English language. No difference between Manolete & Man-o-idiot.

Posted by: Saroja | June 30, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

You ppl are retards...

Posted by: Embarrassed | June 30, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Yet another speech, where he gets to talk at people instead of beign questioned by them. He loves the sound of his own voice too much. How about a real debate with john mccain.(oh yeah Hillary proved he was a poor debater). That Obama is a slick one by giving all the speeches and claiming the gop want to make him scary he effectively eludes real issues.

Posted by: rachel | June 30, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I wish Obama would stay out of my State. Once he wins (if he wins) he'll completely ignore cities like Independence, MO since we are just "bitter people who cling to guns and religion" around here. His candidancy is reflective of the foolishness of the modern American and their innability to do effective due diligence on presidential candidates.

Posted by: Tom Merritt | June 30, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

When did hillbillies get the internet?

Posted by: kjax | June 30, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Navy pilot John Sidney McCain III should have never been allowed to graduate from the U.S. Navy flight school. He was a below average student and a lousy pilot. Had his father and grandfather not been famous four star U.S. Navy admirals, McCain III would have never been allowed in the cockpit of a military aircraft.

His father John S. "Junior" McCain was commander of U.S. forces in Europe later becoming commander of American forces in Vietnam while McCain III was being held prisoner of war. McCain III's grandfather John S. McCain, Sr. commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

During his relative short stunt on flight status, McCain III lost five U.S. Navy aircraft, four in accidents and one in combat.

Robert Timberg, author of The Nightingale's Song, a book about Annapolis graduates and their tours in Vietnam, wrote that McCain "learned to fly at Pensacola, though his performance was below par, at best good enough to get by. He liked flying, but didn't love it."

McCain III lost jet number one in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus Christi Bay while practicing landings. He was knocked unconscious by the impact coming to as the plane settled to the bottom.

McCain's second crash occurred while he was deployed in the Mediterranean. "Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula," Timberg wrote, "he took out some power lines [reminiscent of the 1998 incident in which a Marine Corps jet sliced through the cables of a gondola at an Italian ski resort, killing 20] which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the son of an admiral."

McCain's third crash three occurred when he was returning from flying a Navy trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game.

Timberg reported that McCain radioed, "I've got a flameout" and went through standard relight procedures three times before ejecting at one thousand feet. McCain landed on a deserted beach moments before the plane slammed into a clump of trees.

McCain's fourth aircraft loss occurred July 29, 1967, soon after he was assigned to the USS Forrestal as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot. While seated in the cockpit of his aircraft waiting his turn for takeoff, an accidently fired rocket slammed into McCain's plane. He escaped from the burning aircraft, but the explosions that followed killed 134 sailors, destroyed at least 20 aircraft, and threatened to sink the ship.

McCain's fifth loss happened during his 23rd mission over North Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967, when McCain's A-4 Skyhawk was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. McCain ejected from the plane breaking both arms and a leg in the process and subsequently parachuted into Truc Bach Lake near Hanoi.

After being drug from the lake, a mob gathered around McCain, spit on him, kicked him and stripped him of his clothing. He was bayoneted in his left foot and his shoulder crushed by a rifle butt. He was then transported to the Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the Hanoi Hilton.

After being periodically slapped around for "three or four days" by his captors who wanted military information, McCain called for an officer on his fourth day of captivity. He told the officer, "O.K., I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital." -U.S. News and World Report, May 14, 1973 article written by former POW John McCain.

"Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I [McCain] did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant." Page 193-194, Faith of My Fathers by John McCain.

When the communist learned that McCain's father was Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the Pacific, he was rushed to Gai Lam military hospital (U.S. government documents), a medical facility normally unavailable for U.S. POWs.

The communist Vietnamese figured, because POW McCain's father was of such high military rank, that he was of royalty or the governing circle. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured "the crown prince."

For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory), the U.S. Navy awarded McCain a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service medals.

"McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat," explains Bill Bell, a veteran of Vietnam and former chief of the U.S. Office for POW/MIA Affairs -- the first official U.S. representative in Vietnam since the 1973 fall of Saigon. "Since McCain got 28 medals," Bell continues, "that equals out to about a medal-and-a-half for each hour he spent in combat. There were infantry guys -- grunts on the ground -- who had more than 7,000 hours in combat and I can tell you that there were times and situations

Posted by: Wron Way | June 30, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Obama Osama and his religious leader Jeremiah Wright celebrated the murderous attack on America on 9/11. We will never forget the videos of their celebration.

Barack Hussein and his family have never been proud of America and didn't have any respect for the flag of the country we all love.

Obama Osama will say whatever he has to say to overtake the government of the United States of America, so that he and his radical extremists and black supremacists associates can destroy the american values and our way of living.

Obama, Osama, Osama, Obama,.....there is only one word difference between them.....who is the real Obama?

Posted by: Manolete | June 30, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Dear American Voters, reporters, media. professionals, political parties, and presidential Nominees,
Subject: Presidential Temperament

Please talk about and "Compare And Contrast" the " Presidential Temperament" of our Presidential presumptive nominees. I will also request and plead to the nominees themselves [ Hon. Senator McCain and Obama ].
Our nation has been applying this yard and stick tor the appointments and confirmation process of our Supreme Court Justices nominees.
Our Greatgrand Nation Foundations are as under:
Family, friends, fellows, faith, funds, fun, with fairness & freedom And without fear, favor, and failure.
It will be disgrace and shameful if the nominees and media will not look into this critical and crucial aspect under current challenging times and circumstances within our country and all around the Globe.

America wake up and the discuss the " Presidential Temperament" of our presumptive presidential nominee's [ Hon. Senator McCain and Obama].

Yours sincerely,
COL. A.M.Khajawall [Ret].
Disabled American Veteran
Forensic psychiatrist, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Posted by: COL. A.M.Khajawall {Ret] | June 30, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

This news must have sent chills up the legs of Chris Mathews and Keith Olberman. By now, they are probably foaming at the mouth, waiting to get in front of a microphone so they can swoon about their chosen one's absolute brillance.

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | June 30, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

While speaches are nice, I would have preferred that Sen. Obama had spoken up against the FISA bill in the Senate, or even had voted against cloture. The fact that he and Sen Clinton did not even vote on the measure tells me politics means more to them than my civil rights or the Constitution. He could have swayed enough senators had he spoken up. If this bill passes I will be changing my party affiliation after 20+ years of voting for Democrats. Talk is cheap. Its time for the Democrats to act against immunity for the telecoms.

Posted by: drmondo | June 30, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

It's nice that Barack Obama gives speeches just about patriotism and freedom. And the poll results at say everything.

Posted by: Brandon | June 30, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

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