A version of the US flag depicting President Obama being flown in front of the Lake County, Florida Democrat Party headquarters this week has angered local veterans.
Korean war veteran Don Van Beck said his blood was boiling.The veterans had asked that the offending flag be removed and offered to replace it with a POW/MIA flag. Lake County Democrat Party chairwoman Nancy Hulbert took responsibility for the flag, but reportedly declined the POW/MIA flag.
"I can't describe how upset was because you just don't do that to the American flag," Van Beck said.
Van Beck found it flying outside Lake County Democratic headquarters under the stars and stripes. Marine Corps vet John Masterjohn was seeing red.
"Joseph Stalin, pictures of Mao, pictures of Adolph Hitler. The pomp, the ceremony -- the flags like that," Masterjohn said.
Two days after the Lake County Obama flag story broke, the director of an Obama campaign film was interviewed on CNN and went on record as saying that the only flaw with his 17-minute film was that it was too short to document Obama's numerous accomplishments.
I figured both the interview and the Lake County Obama flag would are worth mentioning in the context of a continued effort to build up a cult of personality around Barack Obama for the 2012 campaign. While its toon soon to tell how the Obama campaign film will go over- let alone the interview with the director- it's clear that the attempt to modify the flag in Obama's likeness backfired almost immediately.