Obama in Flap Over Cuban Flag
The Internet has been awash with news stories and blogs after it was revealed that a Cuban flag with the face of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara was hanging in a Barack Obama office in Houston.
Investor’s Business Daily even asserted in an editorial that Obama did “permit the display of a huge Cuban flag at one of his offices, emblazoned with a mass murderer’s mug” — while pointing out that the Democratic presidential candidate refuses to wear an American flag lapel pin.
But further scrutiny revealed that the office in question is run and funded by Obama volunteers and not sanctioned by the official Obama campaign.
That campaign released a statement on its Web site: “This is a volunteer office that is not in any way controlled by the Obama campaign. We were disappointed to see this picture because it is both offensive to many Cuban-Americans — and American of all backgrounds — and because it does not reflect Senator Obama’s views.”
However, Michelle Malkin on her Web site quoted a blogger as saying: “When you actively pander to and encourage the radical leftist elements of your party, as the Democrats have been determinedly doing for the past eight years, you’re going to end up with embarrassing scenes like this.”
Argentina-born Guevara was a key figure in the Cuban revolution, and after Fidel Castro came to power, he oversaw the trials and executions of hundreds of Cubans, among them people associated with the previous regime of Fulgencio Batista.