Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2012]
The worker then said to Obama that this is the flag of the State of Wisconsin — which was founded in 1848.
This was only Reported by a local radio station in Milwaukee and not by the Major news networks — they did not want to embarrass this "got no clue" President .
Since they didn't do their job of reporting on this presidential visit. The only way for the news to get around is by us — on the internet.
Origins: On 15 February 2012, President Barack Obama traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he visited a Master Lock plant that he had praised in his State of the Union address for bringing jobs back from China to America and gave a speech highlighting his administration's initiatives to support insourcing and American manufacturing:
He flew into Milwaukee accompanied by popular Milwaukee
Obama had no problem [with his speech] in front of a boisterous crowd of about
WH flies labor flag in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE — It's very clear what side President Obama is on here in Wisconsin.
Behind the stage where he will speak today are two flags: an American one, as usual, and right alongside it — and a flag for the local union, Wisconsin 1848.
The president has been mum in recent months on the battle raging in the Badger State between unions and Republican
Here at Master Lock, Obama is speaking about domestic manufacturing and highlighting what he calls
Walker had been expected to join the president but canceled this morning because his office said he has the flu.
Given that the central design element of the Wisconsin state flag represents the state's main industries (manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and shipping) by featuring a sailor with rope and a miner with a pickaxe surrounding a yellow shield depicting an arm and hammer, a plow, a pick and shovel, and an anchor, the Wisconsin flag is something that an unfamiliar observer might easily confuse for a labor union banner.
This item is reminiscent of a similar occurrence that took place in October 2008, when presidential candidate Barack Obama gave a speech in Toledo, Ohio, in front of a backdrop of U.S. and Ohio state flags, and some viewers unfamiliar with the latter mistook them for Obama campaign flags.
Last updated: 18 March 2012
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