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RICHMOND, VA

Something unreal is happening here in the real America.

Two hours before Barack Obama's appearance at a campaign rally here Wednesday, they played the national anthem -- and people stood and sang. Some even put hands on hearts! In the first row sat a woman -- we'll call her Margaret the Corporate Trainer, in Joe-the-Plumber style -- wearing an actual flag pin on her shirt. "I'm American!" she said proudly. Really.

Then Obama took the stage and gave a stirring speech about those soldiers who "fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America! They haven't served a Blue America! They have served the United States of America!"

The audience took up a chant of "USA! USA!"

And these are Democrats?

Read the whole Sketch

-- Dana Milbank

By Dana Milbank  | October 23, 2008; 10:31 AM ET
 
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Mr. Wilbanks...Long time reader, first time Wilbanks blogger. Read your piece on McCain and reflected on recent Web wandering in which I came across the Australian newspaper "The Age," with two McCain-Palin ads prominently displayed. I found them here:

http://news.theage.com.au/national/green-coal-to-save-australian-economy-20081022-5683.html

May be placement issue with their media traffic scheduler, but it shouldn't be hard to place ads in U.S. only. I got a chuckle, thinking maybe they're so hard up for electoral votes that they could slide 50 or so in from Australia.

Jeff Almen
Herndon, VA

Posted by: jeffalmen | October 23, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Hi Mr. Milbank

I SAW YOU ON CNN I LIKE YOUR IDEAS YOU'RE RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE...DANA, I'M A VIETNAM COMBAT VETERAN......IN SUPPORT OF THE 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUND COMBAT FORCES...IF YOU WAS AN AMERICAN POW DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, AND LIVED TO TALK ABOUT IT....TODAY...., YOU SOLD YOUR COUNTRY OUT TO SAVE YOUR OWN BEHIND....WHY DID HANOI, NORTH VIETNAM, KILLED SOME AMERICAN POW, AND LET SOME LIVE

Posted by: UBARKIBITE2 | October 23, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Great satire!

Posted by: RealChoices | October 23, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

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