Robert Gibbs Supports Right of Virginia Veteran to Keep His Flagpole and Fly the U.S. Flag - Video 12/7/09
Here is video of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs yesterday saying he thinks it is "silly" to think that 90 Year-Old Virginia Congressional Medal of Honor winner Van Barfoot has been told he cannot have a flagpole and fly his flag due to a Homeowner's Association rule. Gibbs was asked what President Obama thought about the issue. Gibbs said he has not talked to Obama about it, but then went on to share his own views.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that it is "silly" to think that a 90-year-old Medal of Honor winner is being asked to remove a flagpole from his front yard.I seldom agree with Robert Gibbs, but I give him credit for being on the right side of this issue.
Retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, a World War II veteran, is fighting to keep the 21-foot pole at his suburban Richmond home. His homeowners association said the pole violates the neighborhood's aesthetic guidelines. It pushed back a deadline to remove it to Friday.
Gibbs said during a briefing that he hasn't spoken directly to President Barack Obama about the flap. But he said "the president believes - I think all of us believe - that the very least we can do is show our gratitude and thanks to somebody that served our country so admirably."
He went on to say that "it's silly to ... think that somebody that's done that can't have a flagpole and ... show the proper respect and appreciation that any flag deserves by flying that in their neighborhood." . . . MORE