(Updated Nov. 11, 2012)
According to Philip Rucker, National political reporter at The Washington Post covering Mitt Romney and the 2012 presidential campaign, the flag pin with the Secret Service logo (a star; see below) was a gift to the candidate from his USSS agents.
I’ve noticed, I’m curious, and I can’t find a definitive answer. Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wear flag lapel pins with something on the flag’s lower right quadrant (looks rectangular, like maybe the White House or Capitol?). I’ve read speculation that it’s a Republican elephant. Others suggest it’s a symbol that means the person has Secret Service protection. Anyone know what it is and what it means?
Sept. 12: In this video, it looks like a gold GOP elephant, facing to the right (naturally).
Here’s a better picture of the flag pin with a gold elephant:
More recently, Romney seems to have adopted a different pin. Please see: More on those Romney/Ryan flag pins.