Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"All This Just For A Flag?"

If lip readers are correct, can Michelle Obama and her husband be any more disrespectful? Paying homage to those murdered on September 11, 2001, as Bagpipes played towards the end of the ceremonies they attended and as the American Flag is being folded, she is seen leaning into Barack Obama, apparently saying, "All this for a flag?" Barack seems to nod his head in agreement.

The Washington Times explains the disrespect shown, "Perhaps Mrs. Obama thinks that all the pomp and circumstance she experiences in her daily life has something to do with her, rather than the unofficial office she holds. If so she should disabuse herself of that notion quickly. The official gestures of respect shown to her are the same shown to any First Lady, and if she wasn’t married to the president she would be just another citizen."

Recalling her frequent very expensive vacations and treatment to the very best there is, all at taxpayer expense, I can only nod in agreement with the Times as they say, “all this just for Michelle Obama?”

"Obama for America's" AttackWatch.com makes no mention yet of this latest Obama gaffe.

Apologists are claiming she actually said, "I love how they fold the flag."


Hot Sam said...

I don't claim to have been trained to read lips, and her lips are blocked for the first part, but it looked like "fold the flag" or "for the flag" at the end. The third to last word definitely begins with an F, the second to last word looks like "the", not "a", and we all agree her last word was "flag."

Her husband greeted her words with a warm smile, not an eye-rolling, "Yeah, I think this is ridiculous too." His body language fits her account better than the alternative. But if the professional lip readers are right, he's the bigger ass.

I'm inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt on this one. Military rituals are often impressive the first time you see them, and the precision of the Old Guard's moves is pretty cool. Her explanation is plausible.

But I have no doubt that she said her husband's election was the first time she was proud of her country. And I have no doubt she wrote a Master's thesis about maintaining her "blackness" at Princeton. She's still reprehensible.

By the way, with all due respect to the Army Band and to Scots, I hate the sound of bagpipes. It's just a personal preference - nothing personal to pipers. Someone might have seen me mouth those words.

But I still cry every time I hear Taps. It's my favorite military song, and I want two stanzas played at my funeral.

LewWaters said...

Not everybody likes bagpipes, Nick. Then too, not ever piper is that good either ;-)

I'm waiting to see what the new AttackWatch site will say about this, if anything.

Her facial expression just after she says the word flag doesn't look too appreciative, along with the slight back and forth movement of the head.

We may never actually know what was said, but it doesn't come across as too appreciative.