White House expresses support for Barfoot
On the anniversary of the event that propelled the United States into World War II, the man who earned a medal of honor for his service in that War, was given a boost in his current battle from the office of the Commander-in-Chief. Col. Van T. Barfoot, still doesn’t know if his flag will be able to keep flying from a flagpole in his front yard, but at least he knows the White House is on his side.
Monday, during the White House Press Briefing, President Barack Obama‘s chief spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked if the President supported Col. Barfoot. “”I think its silly to think that somebody that’s done that couldn’t have a flagpole,” said Gibbs, the White House Press Secretary. Gibbs said that he has not spoke directly to the President on the issue, but said that “The president believes, I think all of us believe that the least we can do is show our gratitude to someone who served our country so admirably.”
This signal of support from the Obama administration follows similar gestures from Virginia’s two Senators, Mark Warner and Jim Webb. Barfoot’s story has now become a national phenomenon. It has become a rallying cry for Veteran’s activists across the country. Two different Facebook groups that were formed in support of his cause boast close to 70,000 members from around the world.
Our Andy Jenks, who initially broke the story several weeks ago, reported today that a resolution to the matter could come as soon as Tuesday. Given the level of scrutiny and high profile supporters Barfoot has earned, it seems unlikely that any resolution that doesn’t involve the Colonel being able to keep his flagpole up, will be acceptable to him.
Robert Gibbs entire response to the Barfoot controversy from today’s White House briefing can be found below: