"You know, 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.
"Instead," he said, "I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism."
In Iowa, some Obama supporters applauded the candidate's fashion statement. Said Carrie Haurum of Waterloo: "He doesn't need to wear that flag on his lapel. He wears it in his heart."
Cue the outrage on talk radio, television and blogs.
But... But... Everyone wears a flag lapel pin. Lou Dobbs has his. Sean Hannity wears one. Every politician that does a televised interview has to sport a little flag to show they support America and aren't receiving campaign contributions from shifty financial institutions that are bankrupting the economy.
(As a personal note, this writer doesn't wear a flag lapel pin either because it violates the United States Flag Code. And it clashes with my denim jacket...)
So forget that whole nonsense about having people judge your love of country based on your actions. For a donation of just $15 (or more) to the Democratic National Committee you too can show your patriotism and commitment to Change by chunking Little Flaggy and wearing an Obama lapel pin in its stead.