As part of their ongoing â€œvettingâ€ process of both President Barack Obama and the â€œmainstreamâ€ media, Breitbart.combrings us the following photo:
Photo courtesy Breitbart.com
Wait â€” what is that?
That, dear reader, is a 1997 photo of a young Sen. Barack Obama dressed in a regimental coat and carrying a tricorn hat. And yes, that is a Gadsden flag (â€œDonâ€™t Tread on Me!â€) to the right of the freshly-elected senator.
Thatâ€™s odd. Didnâ€™t several members of the mainstream media mercilessly ridicule the Tea Party for adopting colonial imagery? Yes they did.
During a segment titled â€œInsaniteaâ€ (get it?), MSNBCâ€˜s Rachel Maddow couldnâ€™t help but join in the â€œteabaggingâ€ fun. The left-leaning Talking Points Memo portrayed colonial-garbed Tea Party member as â€œweirdos,â€ as Breitbartâ€™s John Sexton puts it. And letâ€™s not forget the time Bill Maherdecided that wearing a teabag-dangling tricorn hat was really, really funny.
In fact, if we recall correctly, the NAACPeven warned of the insidious implications of Tea Party imagery:
The Revolutionary War-era costumes, the yellow â€œDonâ€™t tread on meâ€ Gadsden flags from the same era, the earnest recitals of the pledge of allegiance, the over-stated veneration of the Constitution, and the defense of â€œAmerican exceptionalismâ€ in a world turned towards transnational economies and global institutions: all are signs of the over-arching nationalism that helps define the Tea Party movement.
So where did the Breitbart team find this photo?
â€œ[T]he forgotten photograph has been in plain view for fifteen years. It appeared on the front page of Chicagoâ€™s Hyde Park Herald on July 9th, 1997,â€ Sexton writes. The caption below the picture, as it appeared, reads:
The Herald's caption below the photograph read:
Hey, look over here! Something catches the attention of Sen. Barack Obama (13th), Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (25th), Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) and Stephanie Franklin as they lead the annual "4th on 53rd" parade.
By the way, to read a fun take on Glenn Beckâ€™s stance on Tea Party costume-wearing, click here.