Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler refuses to stand near picture of President Obama

Republican congresswoman only allows interview to commence after Obama's portrait is covered by American flag.
By Evan Bleier  |  Dec. 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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A GOP congresswoman really must believe that a picture is worth 1,000 words.

During a visit to Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital on Tuesday, Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler instructed an aide to reposition a flag so that a portrait of President Barack Obama would not taint the background of her television interviews.

Hartzler's first backdrop suggestion was rejected because it was in front of a large window so the location in front of the picture of Obama was used, but only after press aide Steve Walsh moved the flag.

Hartzler was asked why she wouldn’t do the interview until the flag was moved and if she had a problem with the president. “So there’s going to be an article about that, eh?,” she responded.

“Yeah, I’m curious about that,” reporter Rudi Keller replied. “What’s the problem?”

“She didn’t want to upstage Gen. Shinseki,” Walsh said, a reference to the portrait that was hanging next to the president’s.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,” Hartzler said to that remark. “Oh dear, I’ll never live that one down,” she added.

Hartzler represents Boone, Howard, Cooper, Randolph and Moniteau counties in Central Missouri. Since being elected in 2010, she has denounced Obama, his proposals, spending policies and the Affordable Care Act.

[Columbia Daily Tribune]

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