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News or Noise: Did Pres. Obama refuse to honor officers with lighting

May 17, 2017 11:39 PM

President Donald Trump tweeted a picture and link Monday night to a proclamation declaring May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 14th through the 20th as Police Week.

The proclamation says, "We honor the men and women of law enforcement who have been killed or disabled in the course of serving our communities. Police officers are the thin blue line whose sacrifices protect and serve us every day, and we pledge to support them as they risk their lives to safeguard ours."

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It goes on to say: "In humble appreciation of our hard-working law enforcement officers, Melania and I will light the White House in blue on May 15th."

Nowhere in the president's tweet or proclamation does it say anything about President Obama. However, several media outlets reported President Obama "refused" to honor five Dallas police officers that were killed by a sniper in 2016.

The Obama administration never said why they didn't light the White House blue after the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association made the request. However, President Obama did lower flags to half-staff and visited with injured officers and the families of those who were murdered.

Several reports also pointed out President Obama illuminated the White House pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage in 2015.

So it's true President Obama did not illuminate the White House blue to commemorate police officers killed in the line of duty. However, he did not neglect to honor their sacrifice in other ways.

So this report is 50-50.

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Jennifer Mobilia

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