For One Day Only: Obama’s Flag Pin Returns

By Nitya

Apr 15, 2008 4:54pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Democratic presidential candidate donned something on the lapel of his suit today that he hasn’t in quite awhile: a flag pin.

In October, in widely-criticized comments, Obama said he decided not to wear a flag pin after 9/11 because he believed that became a substitute for true patriotism.

The candidate hasn’t been seen wearing a flag pin since his explanation was made. But today at a town hall meeting with veterans in Washington, PA, Obama was given a flag pin by a Vietnam veteran.

Philip Fiumara, an undecided voter, gave Obama the pin in the rope line right before the event started.

On stage, Obama donned the pin.

"It is a flag pin," Obama explained, "I think I’ll go ahead and put that on. Because I appreciate your service."

The small town hall was only attended by veterans and their family members and Obama’s remarks were targeted to woo veterans – a significant voting block in Pennsylvania  – in promising to improve benefits and restore veteran trust in government.

Obama was still wearing his flag pin when he left Pittsburgh and boarded a flight to Philadelphia.

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