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Sarah Palin Gets Her Flag Etiquette Wrong

Reported by Ellen - January 13, 2011 -

Sarah Palin pretentiously posed in front of an American flag when she delivered to the internet her hideous "blood libel" comments about the Arizona shooting. But while she may have thought that the backdrop of a U.S. flag next to the fireplace of her home television studio (courtesy of Fox News) made her look presidential, anyone who knows flag etiquette knows that the tableau only served to underscore her ignorance. While Palin sat with the flag behind her left shoulder, it should have been to her right.

In its Flag Display FAQ, the American Legion states,

When used on a speaker’s platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should be displayed above and behind the speaker. When displayed from a staff in a church, public auditorium or meeting place, the flag should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman’s or speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Prior to the Flag Code changes in 1976, the display procedure was somewhat different. Now, the staffed flag should always be placed to the right of the speaker (observer’s left) without regard to a platform or floor level.

Sarah Palin: "America's Enduring Strength" from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.



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