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.