The Obama administration lit up the White House in rainbow colors within hours of the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, but it took five days for flags to be lowered to half mast in honor of the four murdered Marines in Chattanooga.
In fact, the official White House Twitter account still has the rainbow colored building as its main background image weeks later.
“President Obama has ordered flags at the White House and other public buildings to fly at half-staff after mounting criticism over the delay in honoring five armed forces members killed last week by a gunman,” reports Politico.
Numerous conservatives expressed confusion at why Obama had not ordered the flag to be lowered like he had after previous mass shootings. Various governors across the country had already given the order.
As we reported last week, before Obama even took time out to honor the dead Marines – who were gunned down by an Islamic extremist – or comment on the shooting at all, he sent out a statement lecturing Americans about how Islam was a religion of peace that needed to be respected, prompting a furious reaction.
Several Twitter users also noted the discrepancy about the flag lowering.
Gay marriage ruling? White House in rainbow colors within hours. 4 murdered Marines & a murdered sailor? 5 days to lower the flag. Nice.
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) July 21, 2015
Obama lights up the White House like a rainbow for gay marriage, but won't lower the flag after the murder of 5 service members.. Okay
— Tanner (@tanner1133) July 21, 2015
Hasselbeck:"Obama quick to color code White House with rainbow colors but cant bother to lower flag in honor of #Chattanooga slain military"
— Hardline Stance (@Hardline_Stance) July 21, 2015
The White House displayed rainbow lights for gay marriage but didn't lower their flag at half-mast for the assassination of 5 troops in TN??
— rachel? (@baabyrachh) July 21, 2015
Our government will celebrate gay marriage with a rainbow colored White House But they won't lower the flag for fallen marines and sailors.
— Queen of the Clouds (@the_cloud_queen) July 21, 2015
Our president can decorate the White House in rainbow colors but can't lower the flag when 4 marines and a Navy Petty Officer die on US soil
— Josh Gray (@jaeosh) July 21, 2015
So you can light the White House up in rainbow colors and go play golf, but you can't lower a flag out of respect?
— madison nicole (@madiee_nicole) July 21, 2015