The Obama administration has illuminated the front of the White House in honor of many various causes, like breast cancer awareness month, and the celebration of gay marriage, White House spokesman says they have no plans to illuminate the Capital in blue to honor the Dallas police officers who were murdered. Not a surprise at all!
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
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) July 9, 2016
This does not surprise me at all, Obama has made it very clear what side he is on, and it is not the side of the officers.