The Obama campaign’s redesign of the American flag has generated a firestorm of controversy across the nation after the 50 stars were replaced with the president’s campaign logo. But experts in American flag etiquette said there’s one problem with Obama’s American flag – it’s not an American flag.
Joe Davis, with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said it may resemble the flag of the country but “it is not.”
“The U.S. Flag today has 50 white stars in a blue field and seven red and six white stripes,” he said. “The flag at issue has no stars and only five red and four white stripes.”
“As far as the American Legion is concerned, it is not a flag,” said John Raughter, the communications director for the American Legion. “It’s political art.”
And while the Obama flag poster may be considered by some to be in poor taste — it is not in violation of the U.S. Flag Code — because it does not meet the standards of being an American flag.
Obama’s version of the American flag is featured in two posters designed by artists Ross Bruggink and Dan Olson and offered for sale on the campaign website.
“Our Stripes: Flag Print” replaces the 50 stars in a blue field with the president’s giant “O” campaign logo.
The Obama campaign offered an explanation of the poster early this morning on the social networking site Twitter.
“A poster to say there are no red states or blue states, only the United States,” the campaign tweeted.
So if Obama’s version of the American flag is not an American flag, what is it?
“It’s political art,” Raughter told Fox News.
And as such he said it was up to the general public to determine if it was offensive.
And based on comments left on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook – the overwhelming consensus is it’s offensive.
“I don’t know why I’m shocked, but I am,” wrote one Fox News reader. “This stoops to new lows.”
Another reader offered this assessment: “One again, very shameful. This is a disgrace. Just what was wrong with the flag with the stars and stripes? Why must Obama create his own flag?”
“A good number of my family, including me and my twin sons, has served under the flag,” another wrote. “This is far beyond insulting. I can’t imagine anyone who considers themselves a patriot voting for Obama. Who does he think he is?”
The flag posters are being sold for $35 – along with Obama yoga pants, Obama martini glasses and coffee mugs emblazoned with his birth certificate.