Obama Campaign Quietly Ditches Faux Flag

The Obama campaign produced a poster of an American flag, with Obama’s “O” symbol replacing the field of stars, as an item of campaign merchandise, selling for $35. The image was tasteless at best. It is hard to imagine any other politician arrogant enough to remake the flag in his own image:

Barack Obama, however, has never been one to be deterred by bad taste. The larger problem was that, as many pointed out, the flag bore an uncanny resemblance to this grisly photograph taken at the American consulate in Benghazi:

So the Obama campaign has quietly ditched the flag poster, which now returns an error message if you try to buy it at the Obama store.

I can’t think of an analogy to this fiasco: the Obama campaign’s initial insensitivity to proper uses of the flag was bad enough, and then it was compounded by bringing to mind one of the administration’s foreign policy disasters. One can only imagine the hysteria if a similar mishap had befallen George Bush’s re-election campaign. And yet, our reporters assure us that it is Mitt Romney who has had a bad couple of weeks!

JOE updates: The Obama website returns this “page not found” message when you try to buy the flag:

Yeah: your bad.

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