Symbolism at its finest.
(Washington Times) — It’s usually a reliable rule of thumb that everything is bigger in Texas, and in the U.S. in general — everything, that is, except for flags.
Dominating the southern horizon at Chamizal National Memorial Park, the site on the U.S.-Mexico border where President Obama delivered his major immigration speech Tuesday, was a giant Mexican flag, dedicated by that country’s president in 1997 with the express purpose of reminding Americans that they must pay attention to their neighbors to the south.
The flag literally hung over Mr. Obama’s visit to this border city: It was in the background as he toured a cargo-inspection facility, and could be seen poking out over the top of the backdrop as he spoke to hundreds of supporters, urging them to pressure Congress to legalize illegal immigrants.
Locals said it can be seen throughout much of the rest of town, and is a stark reminder of the city’s location on the border. . . .
The Dallas Morning News said the flag is 164-by-94 feet, or about half the size of a football field. Locals in El Paso said it takes a platoon of dozens of Mexican soldiers to take the flag down and the flag fills an entire pickup truck bed when packed away. Its flagpole rises over 300 feet.
Mr. Obama didn’t mention the Mexican flag in his speech, but he did touch on flag imagery, recounting a recent graduation address he delivered at Miami Dade College, which claims students whose families hail from some 181 countries.