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According to TMBFAverageJoe, in 2008 Barack Obama (then a senator) said this on the 7 Sept 2008 edition of Meet the Press:

"There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression, and I don't want to be perceived as taking sides. The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing.

It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails, perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments."

In fact he was NOT on Meet the Press that day, he NEVER said those words, and the first half of that manufactured "quote" is from a satirical column written by Joe Semmons and published by The Arizona Conservative.

According to the NBC News transcript service, the guest on Meet the Press on that day was not Barack Obama, but Joe Biden and Tom Friedman.

List of guests:


Column by Joe Semmons: As the title indicates, it is SATIRE. Repeat, SATIRE.

Apparently some readers were taken in by the satire (it will not have been the only time!), and an email began circulating that gave the quote as gospel truth. Later on, others appended the inflammatory words about disarming America. Again, Obama NEVER said any such thing.

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Joe, this is not the first time you have passed on inflammatory lies taken from junk email. When are you going to start elementary fact-checking?

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