It’s not an uncommon sight in our nation’s capital to see the home of the president, The White House, brightly lit up with colors to show support for various causes and solidarity on issues and events. However, following last week’s attack on Dallas police officers, the White House remained startlingly, well, White. Many people have wondered why the White House wasn’t lit blue to show support for slain officers and law enforcement across the nation.
We saw the White House lit up on several occasions in support of various gay rights bills and court victories:
And Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
However, following the Dallas Police murders there was no similar lighting showing the administration’s support for law enforcement. Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers, said the following after the President’s remarks on 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.”
When asked today why the White House was not lit and if there were plans for it to be, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the following:
“I can tell you that’s not something we plan to do at this point.”
“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.”
It would certainly not be unprecedented to light public buildings in support of law enforcement officers. Several buildings did just that in the wake of the murders in Dallas.
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
h/t IJ Review