KRISTI KIRK (PATRIOTS AND PAULIES POLITICS & NEWS) – Did lip readers make out the First Lady’s comments correctly? All this for saying, “All this for a damn flag?“ Read My Lips: We will probably never know for certain what Michelle Obama was caught on video saying during the 9/11 ceremonies. As for the lip readers? It’s a case of he said she said.
Have lip readers figured out Michelle Obama’s 9/11 comments?
Chain email says River School lip-reading instructor confirms first lady Michelle Obama said “All this for a damn flag” at 9/11 ceremonies
Authors of chain emails love to question President Barack Obama’s patriotism.
They’ve said he refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance (False), that he “turns his back to the flag and slouches” (False), and that he complained that U.S. troops were whining about going to war. (Pants on Fire).
(We are not including the claim that Obama fits the biblical description of the Antichrist, since it’s theoretically possible that you could be the Antichrist and still be patriotic.)
We’ve also noticed a sub-genre of emails that attack First Lady Michelle Obama for living a life of luxury, such as the claim that she ordered $400 worth of caviar and lobster at the Waldorf Astoria in New York (Pants on Fire).
Now comes a new twist on a claim that sprouted a year ago in the conservative blogosphere: the suggestion that during 9/11 memorial ceremonies, the first lady could be seen saying to her husband, “All this for a damn flag.”
The controversy has been fueled by video that shows the first lady saying something to her husband. Because the comments are not audible, critics of the Obamas have speculated about her words. On YouTube, a video that has been seen 1.4 million times slows the exchange and declares the first lady said, “All this for a damn flag” and that the president replied “Hm … mn …. nnnn” and gave a “nod of disapproval.”
The Blaze, Glenn Beck’s website, invited readers to do their own lip reading and speculate what they thought Michelle Obama was saying. The results of the 38,706 votes:
|“All this for a damn flag.”||49 percent|
|“Look at how they fold that damn flag.”||5|
|“Look at how they fold that flag.”||22|
|Something else, but I’m not sure.||7|
|Come on, there’s no way to tell.||17|
The new email, which emerged about one month ago, indicates Michelle Obama’s words have been confirmed by “a lip-reading instructor at the River School, a Washington school for the deaf.”
Here’s the full email (it has two subject lines because senders added a second line when forwarding it)::
Subject: Obama’s wife – Caught in the Act
You be the judge,
How much more disrespect can there be?
Subject: Obama’s wife as seen by deaf people
READING HER LIPS !!
Obama and his wife were attending The 9/11 Memorial Ceremony and watched as the Color Guard folded the flag into a triangular shape, according to custom.
A video camera caught the two from the sidelines. Obama’s wife leaned over and said to him, “All this for a damn flag?” Obama turned to her, smiled smugly and nodded his head in agreement.
The video is shown at normal speed, 3/4 speed, and 1/2 speed with no banners obstructing her lips.
The current Commander and Chief and the First Lady proud of being American? You be the judge…
A chain email says a lip-reading instructor has examined this video and determined Michelle Obama said, “All this for a damn flag.”
- A teacher from this school for deaf children did not read Michelle Obama’s lips (theblaze.com)
- Flag Flap (snopes.com)
- Gwen Stefani – Gwen Stefani Hosting Fundraiser With Michelle Obama (contactmusic.com)
- Chain e-mail: Says “a lip-reading instructor at the River School, a Washington, D.C., school for the deaf” has determined that during 9/11 ceremonies, Michelle Obama said, “All this for a damn flag.” (politifact.com)