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There is a 'chain' email going around about a picture where Barack Obama does not have his hand on his heart during the National Anthem.

 

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29...1446035,00.html

 

The laws relating to the flag of the United States of America are found in detail in the United States Code.

 

TITLE 36--PATRIOTIC AND NATIONAL OBSERVANCES, CEREMONIES, AND

ORGANIZATIONS

 

Subtitle I--Patriotic and National Observances and Ceremonies

 

Part A--Observances and Ceremonies

 

CHAPTER 3--NATIONAL ANTHEM, MOTTO, FLORAL EMBLEM \1\ MARCH, AND TREE

 

Sec. 301. National anthem

 

( a ) Designation.--The composition consisting of the words and music

known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.

( b ) Conduct During Playing.--During a rendition of the national

anthem--

( 1 ) when the flag is displayed--

( A ) all present except those in uniform should stand at

attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart;

( B ) men not in uniform should remove their headdress with

their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder,

the hand being over the heart; and

( C ) individuals in uniform should give the military salute

at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until

the last note; and

 

( 2 ) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face

toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag

were displayed.

 

 

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/ge...=Cite:+36USC301

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Wow!!!! But to be technically correct, none of them have their hands over there hearts "Just a little bit above the Sternum".

 

But Barack didn't even do that “He doesn't know proper protocols ", and he's a sitting Senator.

 

 

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There is a 'chain' email going around about a picture where Barack Obama does not have his hand on his heart during the National Anthem.

 

This picture was published by Time and the caption clearly says that it was taken during the , not the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29...1446035,00.html

 

The laws relating to the flag of the United States of America are found in detail in the United States Code.

 

TITLE 36--PATRIOTIC AND NATIONAL OBSERVANCES, CEREMONIES, AND

ORGANIZATIONS

 

Subtitle I--Patriotic and National Observances and Ceremonies

 

Part A--Observances and Ceremonies

 

CHAPTER 3--NATIONAL ANTHEM, MOTTO, FLORAL EMBLEM \1\ MARCH, AND TREE

 

Sec. 301. National anthem

 

( a ) Designation.--The composition consisting of the words and music

known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.

( b ) Conduct During Playing.--During a rendition of the national

anthem--

( 1 ) when the flag is displayed--

( A ) all present except those in uniform should stand at

attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart;

( B ) men not in uniform should remove their headdress with

their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder,

the hand being over the heart; and

( C ) individuals in uniform should give the military salute

at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until

the last note; and

 

( 2 ) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face

toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag

were displayed.

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I just watched the video. Obama did not have his hands over his heart during the entire song.

 

 

View the video at YouTube.

 

Its interesting to note that from the video it appears that John Edwards did not have his hand over his heart either. The former Senator looks rather casual.

 

His "forgetfulness" is illustrative of his priorities; and is likewise illustrative of his contempt toward those who before him have made the ultimate sacrifice so that ungrateful,smug, self-centered adolescent rubes like the ones who made up the majority of the comments on this thread can ramble on about how love of and respect for one's country means nothing. After all--you didn't have to pay for your freedoms.

 

Thanks Luke for showing me how to put up videos.

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From the video it seems that Obama was actually singing the National Anthem. So, I think his patriotism is not really in question. I think alot of people do not really know about observances and holidays.

 

I remember in grade school I was taught the 'Pledge of Allegiance.' But, I never had to stand up in class during and give the Pledge of Allegiance during high school or college.

 

No one actually formally taught me the The National Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner" until I was in the military. Although, it was quite clear at every major sporting event I went to what the custom is to do.

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The National Anthem is a patriotic activity of which displays loyalty to the flag of the United States and the Republic for which it stands; it is performed while standing at attention, facing the flag, with right hand held over heart. Civilians put their hand over their heart as a matter of etiquette but not of law.

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