Hillary Clinton’s unremarkable appearance Sunday at Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry in Iowa brings back memories of a more memorable appearance in 2007 by Mrs. Clinton and her rivals for the nomination.
You may remember that one of her rivals, who eventually became president of the United States, demonstrated that despite his aspiration to lead the nation, he was somehow unversed in the commonplace expressions of patriotism that usually come naturally to those with a penchant for American exceptionalism, or who just occasionally attend baseball games.
Note the photograph below, in which Hillary, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and what looks like some kind of host for the event appropriately have their hands over their hearts during the singing of the national anthem. Obama has his hand over his . . . well, his hands are clasped.
Here’s some video of the event.
Obama has since gotten a real good learning about the things patriotic, figuring out to wear an American flag pin and say “God bless America” while sounding like he thought it was a good idea.
And his wife, the first lady, even seems somewhat proud to be an American.
H/T to Anne Lieberman, one of our readers, for the reminder.