Priceless: Politico writer thought Wisconsin flag was for local union “Wisconsin 1848”


A cached version of a Politico article on Obama’s visit to Milwaukee’s union plant, Master Lock, mistook the Wisconsin State Flag for a local union flag.

Thanks go to Sarah Burris for the head’s up. I wouldn’t have known if she didn’t point it out. I usually ignore Politico. *ahem*

“MILWAUKEE — It’s very clear what side President Obama is on here in Wisconsin.

Behind the stage where he will speak today are two flags: an American one, as usual, and right alongside it — and a flag for the local union, Wisconsin 1848.

The president has been mum in recent months on the battle raging in the Badger State between unions and Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is facing a recall election largely pushed by labor after he pushed through laws effectively taking away collective bargaining rights in the state.

Here at Master Lock, Obama is speaking about domestic manufaturing and highlighting what he calls “in-sourcing,” bringing jobs back from overseas. The padlock manufacturer brought roughly 100 jobs back from China to this factory –union jobs, the White House has noted.

Walker had been expected to join the president but canceled this morning because his office said he has the flu.”

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And here’s a link to the cache


  4 comments for “Priceless: Politico writer thought Wisconsin flag was for local union “Wisconsin 1848”

  1. February 24, 2012 at 1:00 am
  2. February 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    What did she think, it was a union for firefighters and sailors? Why didn’t she ask someone which union was getting all the publicity? In fact, has she never seen an actual union emblem?

    And that is the problem. She knows nothing about unions, at all, and yet feels qualified to report on them. Like virtually every other reporter covering politics or economics, she’s geared toward the bosses, not the workers.

  3. Aunt Bee
    February 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Reporter’s name is Donovan Slack, how fitting.

    • February 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Ha! Good eye, there Aunt Bee. Ah well. A dorky mistake but it gave everybody a chuckle.

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