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Obama’s Image On American Flag Angers Vets

March 15, 2012 by staff 

Obama's Image On American Flag Angers VetsObama’s Image On American Flag Angers Vets, US President Barack Obama speaks during a Town Hall meeting on the on-going efforts to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, on July 22, 2011.  Lake County, Fla., veterans are up in arms over an American flag featuring stars, stripes — and President Barack Obama’s face.

WFTV-TV reports that the flag featuring the commander-in-chief was placed outside Lake County Democratic Party headquarters in the Orlando suburb of Tavares. The symbol was removed Tuesday afternoon after a small group of locals threatened to take it down themselves.

FoxNews.com notes that party Chairwoman Nancy Hurlbert apologized to the veterans, but made no promise that this would be the flag’s last appearance. The Obama product has been sold since 2008 by a Seattle company called FamousFlags.com.

The Orlando Sentinel dug into the legal side of the issue, speaking to a local college professor who said that altering an American flag doesn’t constitute a crime. The newspaper mentions how cases involving flag burning have been deemed by the Supreme Court as protected under the First Amendment’s free speech clause.

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