Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Hush, as far as the actions (or inactions) of Obama goes, of course it's petty. That's one of my two points in this thread!
First, we have gone through 7 years of pettiness with regards to Democrats going after Bush for pettiness, things that have absolutely no idea with his actions or qualifications as president. Why? Because they have stopped at nothing to make every effort to throw whatever slurs they can come up with....be it his college drinking days, his reserve service record, his "photo ops" with the troops, etc etc etc. Have anything they've thrown against the wall ever amounted to anything? No,nyet, nada....but they keep going. As Joe Lieberman said two days ago, it appears that the Democratic party is interested in little more than repeated attacks on Bush instead of getting work done. So, for all that time, I've sat here, resding people taking these ridiculous jabs at Bush while others piled on with insults of their own....so now the table is turned. Petty? Oh, yes, but payback. Where were you when silly little attacks against Bush came out? Were you then saying stop the pettiness? All this stuff doesn't matter? No, and neither was anyone else. Yet, here, on the other side, all of a sudden it's unacceptable....too bad. Yes, we are speaking of petty and, even when Brad tries to inject torture, hurricanes and the like into it, the main topic is still the same.
The second point of the thread is that it was stupid. Why would a man running for president do that? To show he's his own man? He already took that point away. You don't see a problem with that? That's fine. You take your son to a Boy Scout meeting. It's time to recite the Boy Scout oath. You notice that all the boys are reciting it but one. What do you think? More than that, you look and see the scoutmaster is looking around, with his hands at his sides, not up with the three fingers extended in the Boy Scout salute, and he's not reciting it, either! What do you think of HIM? Does any of this mean he's not a good guy? That he doesn't know how to scoutmaster? Nope, but it does show a lack of respect for the organization, the code, and the feelings of people watching him. Is that smart? Is that clever in some way or it just a wee bit dumb? If it's dumb on such a grand stage at a time he's looking for votes and running for president, is he too dumb to get your vote? He's gone from "I show respect with my actions" to "It wasn't the pledge, it was the anthem" when hubbub occurred. Flip-flopping already??????
Yes, the argument may be petty but the lack of intelligence show by him isn't and neither is the disrespect.
As Topo once sang, "Without our traditions, we are nothing more than fiddlers on the roof."