Politics & Government

Obama stresses patriotism on visit to Independence, Mo.

Barack Obama fought back Monday against questions about his patriotism, telling a crowd in Independence that he had always taken his allegiance to his country "as a given."

At least until he ran for president.

For months, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has been dogged by criticism for not wearing a flag pin or being photographed not placing his hand over his heart during "The Star-Spangled Banner."

On Monday, just four days before Independence Day, Obama described his love of the country as "deep and abiding" and put critics on the left and the right on notice that he won’t tolerate attacks on the patriotism of himself or his Republican rival, John McCain.

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