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    How U.S. flag bearer Todd Lodwick could break the law at Opening Ceremony

    When United States flag bearer Todd Lodwick rounds the track at the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium on Friday and passes the section of the stand where Russian president Vladimir Putin is situated, he will be just a few inches away from potentially breaking the law.

    Because if Lodwick decides to copy many other nations and follow the typical Olympic protocol of dipping the flag to Putin, or any other watching head of state, as a sign of respect, he would be in direct conflict with a genuine but little-known U.S. federal law.
    The United States Flag Code, contained in Chapter 1 of Title Four of the United States Code, forbids the Stars and Stripes to be dipped "to any person or thing" except for rare situations involving naval vessels

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    So should Lodwick dip the flag or not? I say that he shouldn't.

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    absolutely not. Although I'm sure the supporters of Putin on this forum will say he should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TennesseeRain View Post
    absolutely not. Although I'm sure the supporters of Putin on this forum will say he should.
    Actually, I believe most of us would agree with you.

    It is our Flag and should never be lowered in front of another nation.

    This was kind of a lesson Obama had to learn when he first became President, by bowing to national leaders, something no President should ever do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Actually, I believe most of us would agree with you.

    It is our Flag and should never be lowered in front of another nation.

    This was kind of a lesson Obama had to learn when he first became President, by bowing to national leaders, something no President should ever do.
    You keep saying that and yet you fail to mention George Bush kissing a Saudi Prince which, given that most of the 9/11 high jackers were from Saudi Arabia, is way more reprehensible than what Obama did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cicero View Post
    Whatever he does it will be Obama's fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TennesseeRain View Post
    You keep saying that and yet you fail to mention George Bush kissing a Saudi Prince which, given that most of the 9/11 high jackers were from Saudi Arabia, is way more reprehensible than what Obama did.
    Yes, you may add that to the list also. I wasn't actually aware that he had ever done that but its also not acceptable. Any foreign leader should take on the President's form of greeting, not the other way around.

    Reagan was very good at this kind of brinkmanship. When he would meet with the leaders of the Soviet Union for example, he would often show up without a coat even in freezing temperatures to subtly hint that he was a tougher man than they were.

    The President is our top Ambassador, it is in his job description, as such he needs to represent the country from a position of strength, not friendliness. Also, especially at something like the Olympics, our Flag should never be lowered in front of someone else. If they want to scold us or kick us out of the games for not following protocol than F**k em.

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    Derailing your own thread to dis Obama? Well, Cicero called it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meridian5455 View Post
    When United States flag bearer Todd Lodwick rounds the track at the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium on Friday and passes the section of the stand where Russian president Vladimir Putin is situated, he will be just a few inches away from potentially breaking the law.

    Because if Lodwick decides to copy many other nations and follow the typical Olympic protocol of dipping the flag to Putin, or any other watching head of state, as a sign of respect, he would be in direct conflict with a genuine but little-known U.S. federal law.
    The United States Flag Code, contained in Chapter 1 of Title Four of the United States Code, forbids the Stars and Stripes to be dipped "to any person or thing" except for rare situations involving naval vessels

    Y! SPORTS.

    So should Lodwick dip the flag or not? I say that he shouldn't.
    What about all the tea baggers who carry it upside down when not in real distress?
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