Half-truths in the White House half-staff flag controversy

Memes like this one suggest Obama lowered the American flag to mourn Whitney Houston, but did "nothing" to honor the victims of the Chattanooga, Tenn. shooting on July 16. (Image collected from social media posts)
Memes like this one suggest Obama lowered the American flag to mourn Whitney Houston, but did "nothing" to honor the victims of the Chattanooga, Tenn. shooting on July 16. (Image collected from social media posts)

You’ve probably seen outraged social media posts and headlines about the White House flag lately, most of which go something like this: President Barack Obama ordered the White House flag to fly at half-staff to mourn Whitney Houston’s death, but failed to do so for the five soldiers slain in Chattanooga, Tenn.

This perceived breach of flag etiquette sparked a flurry of memes on the Internet and jabs on the campaign trail, particularly among conservatives and GOP presidential hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Donald Trump. Fox News columnist Todd Starnes suggested the race of the victims was a factor in Obama not lowering the flag.

Did Obama really lower the White House flag for Whitney Houston? And was it unusual for him not to lower to half-staff in honor of the fallen servicemen?

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