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Accuracy in Media

Category: Patriotism

True Patriotism

“You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a [flag] pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest.”

- Barack Obama


Not since 9/11 have I experienced anything even kind of close to this

“It’s one of the greatest experiences of, certainly my lifetime and it’s been wonderful… I haven’t seen this sense of unity since 9/11, really, really, and 9/11 was this tragic experience that brought us all together and now we’re all brought together in the name of hope. Not since 9/11 have I experienced anything even kind of close to this.”

- Oprah Winfrey , November 4, 2008


To the America that Can Be

“I pledge allegiance to the America that can be.”

- Hillary Clinton , Nov. 21, 2001


Where is that Flag???

“Where is the g–dd-mn f–king flag? … I want the g–d-mn f–king flag up every f–king morning at f–king sunrise.”

- Hillary Clinton


U.S. officials shouldn’t wear flag pins

“When I see flags sprouting on official lapels, I think of the time in China when I saw Mao’s Little Red Book on every officials desk, omnipresent and unread.”

- Bill Moyers , February 2003.


Criticizing those who are patriotic.

“[T]he dumb and the mean love patriotism.”

- Janeane Garofalo


Fearing patriotism.

“My skin crawls when I think of the first week after September 11. I was looking out of the window and there were people marching down the street carrying flags. It reminded me of spontaneous, angry Nazis and I thought, ‘Oh, man, we are in a lot of trouble.’”

- Rickie Lee Jones


Journalists shouldn’t wear a flag pin.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate for a journalist to wear a flag. It suggests that you approve of whatever the government is doing at that time.”

- Tom Brokaw


Regretting patriotism.

“Unfortunately, after September 11, there was an outburst in America of intense suffering and patriotism . . .”

- Jimmy Carter , August 2006.


U.S. patriotism equals white supremacy.

“U.S. patriotism is inseparable from imperial warfare and white supremacy. U.S. flags are the emblem of the invading war machine in Iraq today. They are the emblem of the occupying power. The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military.”

- Nicholas DeGenova , 2003.