NewsBusters Responds To Obama's Words About Christina Green By Rehashing Years-Old Smear

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NewsBusters is attacking Obama for a statement he made in his speech honoring Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old killed in the Arizona shooting. No seriously, they are.

NewsBusters' Mark Finkelstein writes:

'Here We Place Our Hands Over Our Hearts.' Since When, Mr. President?

Concluding his remarks at the service in Tucson this evening for the victims of the recent shootings, Pres. Obama proclaimed: "here on this earth, we place our hands over our hearts."

Which made me wonder: since when, Pres. Obama? Weren't you the man who ostentatiously declined, during the presidential campaign, to put your hand on your heart during the National Anthem while everyone else on the stage was doing so?

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Will the MSM note the glaring discrepancy between Pres. Obama's current words and recent deeds?

Note: So Pres. Obama goes out of his way to talk of hand over heart. And his two cabinet officers preceding him at the podium quote the Bible at length, with Eric Holder mentioning Jesus. Some repositioning toward the traditional middle with 2012 in mind?

For the record, Inside Edition debunked the claim that Obama refuses to put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem back in 2007 when conservative media started making the claim.

Here is the relevant portion of Obama's speech tonight:

Christina was given to us on September 11th, 2001, one of 50 babies born that day to be pictured in a book called "Faces of Hope." On either side of her photo in that book were simple wishes for a child's life. "I hope you help those in need," read one. "I hope you know all of the words to the National Anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart. I hope you jump in rain puddles."

If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is jumping in them today. And here on Earth, we place our hands over our hearts, and commit ourselves as Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit.

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