Obama’s Patriotism

By Lauri B. Regan | June 20, 2012 | American Thinker

 Last week, I attended a luncheon hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, at which I sat next to former Navy SEAL, Leif Babin.  Among Leif’s numerous and impressive accomplishments is his completion of three tours in Iraq, earning a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart.  Not only was I proud to have an opportunity to talk with one of our nation’s heroes, but I was in awe of his bravery, candor, and pride in serving our great country.  Leif is a true patriot.

Upon my return to my office, I read of the repulsive comments of liberal radio show host Bill Press, calling the national anthem “stupid” and stating, “I’m embarrassed, I’m embarrassed every time I hear it.”  This abhorrent garbage followed on the heels of the news of a New York City elementary school principal who prohibited kindergarteners from singing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation ceremony, replacing it with Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”  After drawing national attention, the Bieber song was also dropped from the event, but the NYC Schools chancellor refused to reinstate the singing of “USA,” which includes the following lyrics:

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

But above and beyond these shameful examples, it is Obama who exemplifies the lack of patriotism on the left.  The first sign that Obama’s sentiments regarding the “Star Spangled Banner” might mirror those of left-wing nut Press can be seen in a video clip from 2007, in which candidate Obama did not place his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem, while every other honored guest did so.  And the total body of evidence to support this theory is vast.

From Michelle Obama’s pronouncement that she was never proud of her country until her husband won the nomination to Obama’s declaration that America is no more exceptional than any other country in the world, a sense of pride in being an American is missing from the White House these days.  A man who is proud to be an American would not traverse the globe apologizing for America’s transgressions.  A leader with love of country would not announce his intent to “fundamentally transform” America rather than pursue an agenda of furthering the good the country has brought to the world.  And a patriotic American would no less sit in the pews of a hate-spewing reverend who cries out “God damn America” and “America’s chickens are coming home to roost” after the tragedies of 9/11 than he would bow to a Saudi king, hug Islamist Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan, and embrace dictator Hugo Chávez.

Just this month, Obama’s silence in the face of historic events has supported the theory that he cares little about being an American or representing its exceptional values on the world stage.  While many Americans recognized the anniversary of D-Dayi, Obama was…where else?  Campaigning.  And on June 14, Flag Day, Obama spent the day in Ohio, delivering a much-touted campaign speech (described as “one of the worst speeches” he’s ever made), before jettisoning off to NYC for two more Hollywood fundraisers.  Conspicuously absent on Flag Day was any mention by Obama of the Stars and Stripesii.

The dichotomy between the patriotism that exuded from the Bush administration and the lack thereof from the current one is extraordinary.  Bush’s legacy will forever be wrapped in the War on Terror, which he declared in his September 12, 2001 speech:

The deliberate and deadly attacks, which were carried out yesterday against our country, were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war.

This will require our country to unite in steadfast determination and resolve. Freedom and democracy are under attack. The American people need to know we’re facing a different enemy than we have ever faced.

This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil, but good will prevail.

In stark contrast, this is how candidate Obama described his reaction to 9/11:

You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a [flag] pin. 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 I’m gonna try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism [emphasis mine].iii

Apparently, Obama believes the liberal argument that dissent is the highest form of patriotism — unless the dissent comes from the Tea Party, in which case Obama labels such individuals “teabaggers” while his vice president likens them to terrorists.  Obama failed to see the irony of banning the terms “global war on terror,” “terror,” “Islamic extremism,” and “jihad” from the White House lexicon while degrading the exercise of free speech by Americans.

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