When asked if placing the flag on the ground was standard procedure, Moore replied, “Yes, there was a protective plastic sheet under the flag and a frame so despite the appearances of the photo, the flag was not touching the ground.”
But that still could be an issue. According to U.S. flag code, the national colors should never touch ”anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.” When asked about this violation, Moore insisted that “this is the protocol this crew follows all the time.”
Moore did note that the crew setting up the flags belonged not to the university but to the Obama campaign. “The campaign handles all the arrangements,” he said.