White House Lit Up for Gay Marriage. Here’s Its Excuse for 5 Dallas Police Not Getting ‘Blue Light’
Although the Obama administration has in the recent past illuminated the front of the White House in honor of various causes, like breast cancer awareness month …
…And the passage of the same-sex marriage law…
… Today, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House would not light up the facade in blue to celebrate the lives of the five fallen police officers in Dallas:
“I can tell you that’s not something we plan to do at this point.”
On Friday, Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, in a statement formally asked the White House to consider this public show of support for the fallen officers, and for law enforcement in general, following the ambush shooting deaths of five officers in Dallas:
“While we appreciate the President’s proclamation to have our flag flown at half-mast in honor of our fallen Dallas police heroes, I respectfully request that he demonstrate his full respect for their ultimate sacrifice by illuminating the White House in blue.
Actions speak louder than scripted words, and the honorable act of displaying law enforcement’s ‘Thin Blue Line’ at the White House would demonstrate the President’s sincere commitment to our fallen heroes and their families.”
Today, the White House said the action wasn’t necessary, and that the president had already adequately displayed his support:
“The president has chosen to acknowledge this loss and pay tribute to these heroes in a variety of other ways, including: ordering flags lowered to half staff, traveling to Dallas to speak at the memorial service and spending a substantial amount of time after the service visiting with the families of those who were lost.”
Following the shooting, several structures were lit in blue to honor the fallen officers. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had the Governor’s Mansion lit up:
I’m away but still keeping Governor’s Mansion blue to honor Dallas Police Officers. (Blue square by Capitol) pic.twitter.com/JE0y7BgvaZ
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 12, 2016
And the Dallas skyline was shining blue:
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) July 9, 2016
This afternoon Obama is hosting a meeting of Black Lives Matter activists, academics, spiritual leaders, local politicians, and law enforcement to continue the discussion on how to fix the rift of trust between communities and police officers.
Tomorrow, he participates in a Town Hall on the same subject.
Headline: Western Journalism