This video shows Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Hillary Clinton, and Ruth Harkin standing while the National Anthem is being performed. However, you’ll notice that while everyone else in attendance is paying respect to the flag with their hand over their heart, Obama keeps his hands folded in front of him.
The code of conduct while the National Anthem is playing gives some directives for military personnel, and then goes on to say, “all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart;”
Every American school child is taught to keep their hand over their heart during the National Anthem. Certainly, anyone who holds a political office should do the same!
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