Two large American flags displayed during President Barack Obama’s Iowa City campaign rally Friday may have been handled in an inappropriate manner.
Photographs show two flags appearing to be on the ground — but on a tarp in other photos provided by the Obama campaign — in preparation of the campaign stop, which included Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their spouses.
According to the U.S. Flag Code, “The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.”
John Derner, department adjutant for the American Legion of Iowa, said it would be improper to place a U.S. flag on the ground. But Erin Seidler, a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, said in an email message the flags were never on the ground and were lying on a tarp “in accordance with protocol.”
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