An Open Letter to the President of the USA, the Congress, both houses, and the Supreme Courts and every newspaper editor in the land, not to mention every PR person in the land, especially folks like David Gergen and Anderson Cooper of CNN:
I have a modest simple proposal for future STATE OF THE UNION SPEECHES: let's hang the USA FLAG on the wall behind the speaker's podium in a horizontal way. Vertical is bad optics.
Here's why: The SOTU speech is seen by milions and billions of people worldwide, not just in USA, and for foreigners overseas, for them to see the USA FLAG hung vertically behind the president while he is giving the SOTU address is confusing. Why do this? The flag was designed to hang horizontally.
So for future years, lets start a grass roots movement via social media to
ask the WHITE HOUSE power that be to start putting the AMerican flag horizontally at the next SOTU as a good optic for international viwers of the speech.
I write this from Taiwan, where I watched it. Vertical? Does not make sense. Not pretty that way. Bad optics.
Can we fix this?
WHY is the USA flag put on the wall behind the SPEAKERS PODIUM at the
annual STATE OF THE UNION address by our presidents in a VERTICAL
hanging way against the wall and with the "union" -- the blue part --
on the left? According to the US Flag Code - ''When displayed
vertically against a wall, the ''union'' should be uppermost and to
the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left.'' SO FAR SO
GOOD. but for viewers at home on TV and around the WORLD, i have an
IDEA, for future SOTU speeches: namely, why not display the flag
horitzontally like a normal USA flag view, the way we always see it,
instead of vertically? Since the SOTU is on Tv and beamed around the
world, showing the REAL USA flag in a horizontal way against the wall,
WOULD THAT MAKE A BETTER OPTIC for the world to see and you and me
too? I am planning to start a campaign to ask COngress to do this?
NEXT TIME, anyone want to help me or can offer advice. I HATE THE
VERTICAL FLAG display. It's stupid and dumb. LONG THE REAL USA FLAG
DISPLAY. !!! if want to help me or rebuke me, email me at