from ABCnews.com, ""You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a pin," Obama said. "Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq War, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest. "
From the Washington Times: "Oh, say - can you see? Look. It's President Obama, and he's surrounded by American flags.
They're on the dais in star-spangled glory. They're at the town-hall meeting and the news conference, in bold folds of red, white and blue. The White House has rediscovered - or possibly reinvented - the patriotic cachet of Old Glory as a perfect frame for the new president.
That's the same president who once would not wear an American flag pin. Things have changed."
Change we can believe in, right?