Tea Partiers are mocked for invoking early American imagery, but President Barack Obama isn't above donning colonial garb for the right occasion.
A photo recently published by a website founded by Andrew Breitbart shows the president wearing a regimental coat, and holding a tricorn hat, during a July 4th celebration in Chicago in 1997. You can view the stunning snap here.
It's amazing the picture has been in plain sight for 15 years, and the media never picked up on it.
Frankly, the few Tea Partiers who wear Revolutionary War costumes don't do the movement any favors. It makes them seem strange to the average person, and gives their enemies something to poke fun at.
Liberal journalists focus on the colonial imagery to paint all conservative activists as out-of-touch nut cases. In fact, most Tea Partiers are average folks worried about the direction of their government.
The then-unknown Obama was accompanied in the "4th on 53rd" parade by fellow local politicians, including someone carrying a "Gadsen Flag," a favorite of the conservative movement. The flag displays a coiled rattlesnake and the words, "Don't Tread on Me."
During a 2009 interview, Obama referred to Tea Partiers as "teabaggers," a pejorative referencing a homosexual practice. Does this picture prove the president was America's first Tea Partier?