Who is allowed to insult the candidate's patriotism and love of country?

"Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah!  We Democrats called an American president unpatriotic first!"

"No you didn't, the Republicans did!"

"Did not!"  "Did so!"

Although you're not likely to hear that exchange soon, it appears that the Democrats in this hypothetical taunting session are correct.  While the Democrats have their panties and their computers in a twist over former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani's (R) remarks at a private event that President Barack Obama (D) does not seem to love this country, Obama said something similar at a very public event--a campaign rally during his first run for president in July 2008.

As American Thinker noted two years ago, quoting from Real Clear Politics

On July 3, 2008 -- the day before Independence Day -- Barack Obama said that adding $4 trillion in debt was irresponsible and "unpatriotic."

Obama: "The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents - #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back -- $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic."

Flash-forward and you'll find new debt from just one Obama term was almost twice as much as a full 8 years of President Bush.

Hypocrisy, passing the buck and blaming others is also unpatriotic, right, Mr. President? Maybe it's time you lived up to your own words from 2008...

Since March,2013 when the above was written, not to mention  January, 2009 when Obama took office, our debt has increased and our security situation nationally and internationally has decreased.  So does Obama love his country, is he patriotic or is he even finally proud of it to paraphrase Michelle Obama's February, 2008 declarations?

"for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback."

Then in Madison, she said, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change." (snip)

Asked for a response to the remark, Obama campaign spox Bill Burton said, “Of course Michelle is proud of her country, which is why she and Barack talk constantly about how their story wouldn’t be possible in any other nation on Earth.  What she meant is that she’s really proud at this moment because for the first time in a long time, thousands of Americans who’ve never participated in politics before are coming out in record numbers to build a grassroots movement for change."

Actually whether Bush, the Obamas, Giuliani--or any other one--loves their country, is patriotic or is even proud of it is difficult to define.  But what is interesting is that most of the media glided over Obama's insult of his predecessor (Michelle's, not so much; yeah, let's blame it on sexism and throw in a bit of racism while we're at it) in the heat of a public campaign but are sooooo upset at a remark made by a semi private individual at a private event.  Perhaps some people can get away with insults and actions that others can't.

Could it be that the media love some candidates and office holders more than others?  Hmmm.