The photograph is real, it was taken at an Iowa steak fry event and published by Time.
E-mail Erroneously Claims Obama Refused to Say Pledge
Boy, that's exactly who we need as President!
Does this man not cross his heart when the National Anthem is playing, or when the flag is raised or lowered? OR, was this an accident on his part?
Photo shows 4 of them, including the infamous Hillary...
Senator Barack Obama, Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Hillary Clinton and Ruth Harkin stand during the national anthem. Barack Hussein Obama's photo (that's his real name)......the article said he REFUSED TO NOT ONLY PUT HIS HAND ON HIS HEART DURING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, BUT REFUSED TO SAY THE PLEDGE.....how in the hell can a man like this expect to be our next Commander-in-Chief????
Even though the photo could have been taken out of context this video shows that it was not:
However, the video also clearly does not show Obama refusing to say the pledge of allegiance.
Inside Edition ran a segment that included some images of the Senator placing his hand over his heart during other renditions of the national anthem, which Inside Edition said it received from the Obama campaign:
The segment included a statement from an Obama campaign spokesperson regarding Obama's purported failure to place his hand over his heart:"Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't. In no way was he making any sort of statement, and any suggestion to the contrary is ridiculous." Obama himself said, "My grandfather taught me how to say the Pledge of Allegiance when I was 2. During the Pledge of Allegiance you put your hand over your heart. During the national anthem you sing."
During a rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.
However, the custom is sometimes more honored in the breach than in the observance.
Experts on the national anthem say the law seems a bit out of date, given its reference to a man's "headdress." Yet it's still cited in several military manuals found on the Web.
Modern custom does not require a hand over the heart, said Anne Garside, director of communication for the Maryland Historical Society, home of the original manuscript of The Star-Spangled Banner.
"I think the bottom line is that you show respect with your demeanor," she said. "Whether you put your hand over your heart, hold your hat at shoulder level or waist level, is really in this day and age irrelevant."