The Flag Code is clear -- you should not sign an American flag. But it seems Sarah Palin may have done just that at a rally in Reno. The Guardian posted video of Palin talking to folks at the rally (the key part comes at 1:30 or so):
A Salon writer noticed the moment. Here's screen grab #1:
Emma Mustich believes the second screen grab (from the 1:41 mark in the video) confirms her suspicions:
Subsection 8, part (g) reads: "The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature."
Awhile back there was a flurry of blog posts about President Bush reportedly signing flags. One instance is said to have happened during a stop in Vienna, Austria. Another from a stop in Livonia, Michigan in 2003. This is the picture they referenced:
I did check on the blogger claims. This is an actual licensed AP photo from the Michigan event.
I have two poll questions for you:
I think we can all agree that signing a flag should be off limits. Though if forced to choose in some bizarre psychology experiment I would probably side with a patriot who signed an American flag than some numbskull who burns one because Karl Rove is evil. I'm sure for President Bush and Sarah Palin there is a well-motivated desire to quickly please the eager folks who press for a handshake or signature. My guess is President Bush likely realized he should have skipped the flag signing and probably didn't make it a practice. My guess is that Sarah Palin will do the same thing.