White House Lowers Flag for Victims in Chattanooga

Republicans say it took too long
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2015 4:39 PM CDT
White House Lowers Flag for Victims in Chattanooga
The American flag is lowered to half-staff above the White House.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Flags are flying at half-staff in front of the White House and the Capitol today in honor of the victims of last week's Chattanooga shootings. President Obama ordered the move at the White House “as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated," and the flag will remain that way through Saturday. Obama made the decision soon after John Boehner and Mitch McConnell announced they would lower flags at the Capitol, reports CNN. For a brief period today, flags at either end of Pennsylvania were out of sync on the matter. Obama, in fact, had been taking criticism from the right for not lowering the flags right away, notes the Hill. (More White House stories.)

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