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Obama Gets New Plane, Disses New Yorker Writer, And Still Apparently Hates America

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Jul 21, 2008 5:26PM

2008_07_21_obamaplane.jpgTaking his message to the skies, Barack Obama is now traveling in a plane emblazoned with his campaign slogan, "Change We Can Believe In" and the Obama logo on the tail. The plane is getting a workout on Obama's current international hopscotching. Ever the lightning rod for critics, Obama's patriotism is yet again being hammered. Because no American flags on a plane means the terrorists win? A few of the Trib's commenters have bypassed the Haterade and gone straight to the crazy sauce:

  • "Figures he would have his logo and NOT the AMERICAN FLAG...Didn't want to wear the pin and does not want it on his plane....Go figure!!!!..Wake up America...Change is good. Omitting the flag ever chance you get is not!!...Again it sends the message of unpatriotic...." - kaye.c

  • "No flag on the plane is very troubling for me. He is working real hard to make me vote Republican." - Simon

  • "Obama just doesn't learn. Now he replaces the American flag with the rising sun on his plane. How reminiscent of attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 when the Japanese battle flag was a rising sun. Now the Japanese are not our enemy but radical Muslims are. What is their symbol?" - Gerardo

In other Obama plane-related matters, New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza, he of the cover story that accompanied last week's controversial cover, was apparently denied a seat with the press corp on the Obama plane for the candidate's current international trip. The campaign has only said there was no room to accommodate Lizza on the plane. Ya burnt!