The video below is a few minutes of the the ceremonies at Ground Zero on 9/11/11. It shows the ceremonial folding of a flag believed to have survived the attacks of September 11, 2001. Blogger, One Old Vet has reduced the 5 hour CSPAN video down to just a few minutes. As the flag is folded, a camera cuts to Michelle and Barack Obama. Michelle leans toward Barack, and says something to him. Al Ash, writing at One Old Vet, believes Michelle is saying “all that for a flag.” I have no lip-reading skills, but it does appear she is saying something about the flag, and it is obvious when she shakes her head side-to-side and blinks (eye roll?) that whatever she said, it wasn’t favorable to what was going on in front of her. So take a look at the video below, which shows it over several times, and tell me what you think. Visit One Old Vet to see the original video and read the original post and comments for more conversation. See an update below.
9-15-11 UPDATE: ChicagoRay just sent a link to The Blaze with Glenn Beck and his crew talking about the video this morning. Beck thinks Michelle is saying something derogatory, but an intern on his show is deaf and reads lips. He believes she is saying “Look how they fold that flag.” I can see the word “that” as being a part of what she says, and if that is what she is saying, the head-shaking takes on a different tone. The intern also allowed that perhaps the word “damn” would have been in her comment, although he thought there was only a slight chance of that.
Michelle Obama at Flag Folding at Ground Zero on 9/11/11: What Did She Say? (video)