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Watch Usain Bolt during U.S. National Anthem (video)
http://theblacksphere.net ^ | february 15, 2014 | kevin jackson

Posted on 02/15/2014 2:52:19 PM PST by lowbridge

I have seen many Americans, particularly blacks, do nothing when the national anthem is played. And yet, here is a Jamaican sprinter who has the class to stop an interview, and pay tribute to Americans.

I an now an Usaniac!

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anthem; jamaica; olympics; usainbolt
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbfyTYCqm9o
1 posted on 02/15/2014 2:52:19 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Some folks have “class” and many don’t. Usain Bolt clearly has class.


2 posted on 02/15/2014 2:58:01 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: lowbridge

I remember this. He’s more American than the potus.


3 posted on 02/15/2014 3:01:16 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: lowbridge

I appreciate that he did this. I will admit to being a little confused why he did so. Does he do that for all national anthems, or has he become partial to our national anthem in particular?

Very nice of him to treat our national anthem with so much respect. Now, if only the current _resident could muster such courage.


4 posted on 02/15/2014 3:03:16 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: lowbridge

Class act. I hope this get noticed by many.


5 posted on 02/15/2014 3:05:21 PM PST by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
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To: lowbridge

Usain Bolt is an amazing athlete. If someone hasn’t watched him run; find a video of him. He is on a very different level; fun to watch him.


6 posted on 02/15/2014 3:05:29 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: DoughtyOne

I suspect his show of respect was standard for him. And for many other truly good athletes. He is good, very good. Phenomenally good. Fastest man to ever live and has a right to be proud of that.

A very classy moment from 2012. Nice to see it again.


7 posted on 02/15/2014 3:34:27 PM PST by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: lowbridge; Kenny Bunk

Two runners with more heart and class than all of Congress: Bolt and Felix Sanchez, 400m Gold medalist from the Dominican Republic, who is a REAL American.

I stand at “attention” for foreign national anthems and rather wish I could do the same for ours. The hand-on-the-heart business seems a little fru-fru to me. Yet I do it. Any advice from FRiends?

Truly, I prefer to stand at attention, heels together, 45 degrees on the feet, hands at the pantseams, chest out just a bit. The hands on the heart thing seems... Well... Gay. Anyone else get my drift?


8 posted on 02/15/2014 3:51:48 PM PST by golux
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To: golux
" The hand-on-the-heart business seems a little fru-fru to me. Yet I do it. Any advice from FRiends?"

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un-uniformed service members, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag.

A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel. This was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed on Oct. 14, 2008.

9 posted on 02/15/2014 4:05:37 PM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: Thumper1960

Yes it was a very classy moment. Being at the peak of his game, he still takes time to honor others. That’s one sign of an individual who has class money can’t buy.


10 posted on 02/15/2014 4:14:47 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: Baynative

With no cover or head-dress?


11 posted on 02/15/2014 4:18:38 PM PST by golux
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bump


12 posted on 02/15/2014 4:22:38 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: lowbridge

What a class act. Thanks Usain.


13 posted on 02/15/2014 4:41:54 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: Baynative

I have heard some announcers say at some NASCAR races and some baseball games that retired veterans are encouraged to render the hand salute.


14 posted on 02/15/2014 4:45:46 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: DoughtyOne
I appreciate that he did this. I will admit to being a little confused why he did so. Does he do that for all national anthems, or has he become partial to our national anthem in particular?

I used to be a protocol officer with the Royal Australian Navy (not the only thing I did, by the way, but they give you some weird jobs sometimes). Mr Bolt is a citizen of a Commonwealth country, and most of the Commonwealth shares the same protocol rules on this. You should stand silent and respectful when the National Anthem of any nation is being played as a gesture of respect to that nation and its people. Not everybody learns these rules anymore, but Mr Bolt apparently has.

In this case, I would guess it's also a matter of good manners towards a fellow athlete - it's being played because somebody has won a gold medal and it's their moment, not yours. Other athletes would definitely notice if he didn't do this.

15 posted on 02/15/2014 5:27:36 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: DoughtyOne

Addendum to what I just posted - the protocol applies if you are aware what you are hearing is a National Anthem - most people are not going to recognise every anthem in the world, and some are obviously more recognisable than others. But if you know, you stand respectfully.


16 posted on 02/15/2014 5:39:08 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

Simply where have good manners gone? They used to be ‘universal’.


17 posted on 02/15/2014 5:51:17 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: golux
The hands on the heart thing seems... Well... Gay. Anyone else get my drift?

No.

That's how it's done in America, unless you're a veteran. The salute of any type is to the flag.

18 posted on 02/15/2014 5:59:34 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: golux; FlingWingFlyer; JDoutrider
"With no cover or head-dress?"

A couple of years ago I noticed a lot of guys in civvies at our veterans day memorial saluting and I was curious because, like golux, I've always felt a little uninspired with my hand over my heart. I asked a friend and he told me about the trend towards always saluting. I've done so since and no one will change my mind.

19 posted on 02/15/2014 6:12:58 PM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: outofsalt

Usain Bolt is also a devout, Bible believing, Christian.


20 posted on 02/15/2014 6:22:50 PM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: naturalman1975

Thanks for that lesson. I wasn’t aware of this, but it does make sense. And I’m sure most music at the Olympic events is related to an anthem for one nation or another.

I’m sure ours is fairly recognizable around the world.


21 posted on 02/15/2014 6:50:16 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: naturalman1975

Old School but real schooled. A class act in a sea of prima donnas.

Perhaps the NFL could have him pay a visit next season.


22 posted on 02/15/2014 10:34:11 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: golux

“I stand at “attention” for foreign national anthems and rather wish I could do the same for ours. The hand-on-the-heart business seems a little fru-fru to me. Yet I do it. Any advice from FRiends?

“Truly, I prefer to stand at attention, heels together, 45 degrees on the feet, hands at the pantseams, chest out just a bit. The hands on the heart thing seems... Well... Gay. Anyone else get my drift?”

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Putting your hand over your heart is the official salute of American civilians to their nation’s flag or anthem. Of course, you have the right to address the nation, its flag or anthem any way you wish. And, of course, you also have the right to be worried that you may not look sufficiently heterosexual to onlookers. And to express that worry.

It’s a great country, isn’t it!


23 posted on 02/15/2014 11:04:28 PM PST by RetiredArmyMajor
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