The cable TV cameras were set to go Wednesday night, each trained on a different individual and ready to cut in on cue when President Obama noted the diversity of Americans who all pledge allegiance under the same proud flag. (That same technique, by the way, backfired earlier when the Hillary Clinton campaign tweeted a photo of a crying Muslim woman who turned out to be a staunch Bernie Sanders supporter.)
"Gay, straight, men, women, folks with disabilities, pledging allegiance under the same proud flag, to this big bold country we love" #Obama
— Jeremiah Rappel (@JeremiahRappel) July 28, 2016
Obama: "All pledging allegiance under the same flag. That's the America I know." #DEMSinPHILLY.
— Michael J. Arvizu (@thedjmichaelj) July 28, 2016
"Black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, young, old…all pledging allegiance under the same proud flag." pic.twitter.com/G2YNJNvrhV
— Fusion (@Fusion) July 28, 2016
"under the same flag"? Where? #DemsInPhilly
— Dale Jackson (@TheDaleJackson) July 28, 2016
— Fishing With Fredo (@FishingwFredo) July 28, 2016
It’s a beautiful image, and one that might have come across a little better had the president been standing under that flag himself, just to clarify for the audience exactly which one he was talking about. Viewers more than once saw the Palestinian flag waved inside the convention center, but there were probably more American flags on the streets outside the Wells Fargo Center than within, although those were likely on fire.
Where was the American flag anyway? It was tough to spot at the opening of the convention.
I still have not seen an American Flag anywhere in the Convention Hall. #DemsInPhilly DemsInPhilly
— Debbie Gardner (@SurviveInstitut) July 26, 2016
Looking all over the convention hall, one thing I don't see – the flag. Oh, right, it's a Democratic convention. #DemsInPhilly
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) July 26, 2016
— ALWAYS TRUMP! (@Always_Trump) July 26, 2016
Why doesn't DNC have an American Flag anywhere in DNC convention hall. Haven't seen one yet…
— JerneganArtist (@jerneganartist) July 27, 2016
Last year the DNC booed God. This year they omitted our flag. America deserves better patriotism. https://t.co/rTtuQvTslf
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 26, 2016
Hang on, there are a couple.
— Alex Pappas (@AlexPappas) July 26, 2016
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 26, 2016
It figures that Donald Trump would try to make a big deal out of it.
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 27, 2016
A bunch, do you hear!
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) July 27, 2016
Thanks … circling it in red really helped.
— Allen West (@AllenWest) July 27, 2016
— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) July 26, 2016
— Julie Monroe (@Noin007) July 26, 2016