Giving credit where credit is due, Robert Gibbs, propaganda spokesperson for the Obama administration said Monday that it is "silly to think that a 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient is being asked to remove a flagpole from his front yard."
"Retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, a World War II veteran, is fighting to keep the 21-foot pole at his suburban Richmond, Va., home. His homeowners association said the pole violates the neighborhood's aesthetic guidelines."
Gibbs said he hasn't spoken to Obama on the matter, but I cannot imagine Obama publicly saying anything different, although I doubt he will weigh in on it. Virginia Democrats Sens. Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb have also expressed support for Col. Barfoot.
Virginia Republican Eric Cantor introduced a resolution, H. Res. 952, allowing Congressional Medal of Honor recipients to properly display the United States flag on their property at all times.
Our country has gotten to a sad state when a 90 year-old Medal of Honor recipient, the highest award we have for valor, is prevented from or threatened for flying the flag of the nation he fought for long ago.
UPDATE: Virginia Veteran Wins Battle to Keep His Flagpole in Yard
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Posted by Lew Waters at 4:00 PM