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Obama explains not wearing flag pin

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Per the AP, Obama has decided to stop wearing the American flag on his, well, lapel. He

told local Iowa TV station KCRG yesterday: "I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism."

This will likely prompt the unpatriotic shots from Republicans. Will Dems join in?

*** UPDATE *** This is what Obama said right before what's above: "The truth is that right after 9-11 I had a pin. Shortly after 9-11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security."

*** UPDATE 2 *** The Obama campaign passes along that he stopped wearing the pin years ago. Here's the full context of what Obama said to the reporter: 

QUESTION: "One last quick question, and this is just kind of a lighter note, you don't have an American flag pin on, is this a fashion statement? Those have been on politicians since September 12, 2001?"

OBAMA: "You know, the truth is that right after 9/11 I had a pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest, instead I'm gonna try to tell the American people what I believe what will make this country great and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism."