Skip to comments.Obama Orders US Flags at Half Staff for Miners
Posted on 04/12/2010 11:57:44 AM PDT by bestintxas
President Barack Obama has ordered U.S. flags in West Virginia to be flown at half staff in honor of 29 miners killed in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion.
In a proclamation issued Monday, Obama said all U.S. flags in the state are to be flown at half staff until sunset on Sunday.
The proclamation comes as federal and state mine safety officials begin their investigation into the nation's worst coal-related mine accident in 40 years.
Crews are still working to recover the last of the victims. Recovery attempts have been hampered by high levels of hazardous gases.
State Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training spokeswoman Jama Jarrett says recovery of the last nine victims should be completed by late Monday afternoon.
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There is no national reason to do this at all, like military victims killed overseas. This cheapens the whole ceremony of the memory of those who should have the recognition. It should not be done for those who unfortunately get caught up in a terrible accident.
I guess union workers are lifted up so high by this regime that anything they do or get involved in must be elevated in a national sense.
“why do this at all?”
Obozo probably thinks he’s doing it for 29 kids under 18 years of age!
Well, he can’t very well ask for prayer for the families, can he?
No, lowering the flag is all he knows. He doesn’t respect it anyway.
And he will make sure this tragedy never happens again...by closing all the other coal mines.
I’d like to know why he didn’t “order” the flags to be flown half-mast last week?
This is being done because of the president’s ignorance as to what constitutes true sacrifice, and it cheapens the entire tradition... another fact of which he is also ignorant.
I’m with you. This was an awful work accident but to lower the flag?????
Please let me add that there is nothing funny about the death of 29 people. My prayers are with them and their family’s. Obama, on the other hand, is an idiot, so he is fair game.
Well who can argue with this no matter how political of a decision this President just made to order them at half mast....
IIRC this is a non-union mine.
IIRC BO said he would kill the coal mining industry.
If this flag lowering is for W.VA only - why is this not the W.VA Governor’s prerogative? Isn’t POTUS only involved in NATIONAL days of mourning?
There are dozens of people killed every day, in various types of accidents. Shall we just go to always flying the flag at half-staff from now on?
But not for the 12 soldiers at Ft. Hood? What’s he trying to say?
Because it's good PR for the Kenyan...plain and simple
While Barack Obama is President, we should consider flying the flag in the international symbols for distress - I believe that means upside down, or in a wheft; with a knot tied in the center.
Good question. I would have thought so, as well. Zero should keep his nasty nose out of WV's business.
This is a shameless 'self-promo' at the expense of an industry he is determined to destroy; and the expense of our flag as well.
I think he ment ‘minors’.
568 service members have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since Obama took office and he has never lowered the flag for even one of them.
The state has a governor....
I agree. Have other presidents done this when there have been mining accidents?
I really hate Obama.
I’m sure if you asked most miners they would want the flag flown at half-staff for Obama
Come to think of it, I had mixed feelings about seeing the flag at half mast after 9/11 too. I wanted it high.
Our family hails from that neck of the woods in WV, and we are old enough to remember that things like this use to happen all the time. The safety practices and technology have eliminated the deaths to a tiny fraction of what it was like in my grandfathers time.
I feel sorry for the miners, but good grief they are paid good money now to go into those mines and do a mans work, there will always be risk no matter what laws are passed and these men understood that every day they walked in.
They knew that they were being paid good money to go down there and work, and that there were risks involved that no amount of prevention and technology will ever eliminate. It’s horrible, but if Obama thinks it’s shocking then he knows nothing about coal miners, their history or the families that have done it.
He did it becaue it makes him feel good, and because he probably thinks it makes him look good.
Maybe its s sign of the times...
i guess your right in the sense that this is just a horrible non-national accident. What should be done maybe is fly the WV flag at half-mast on national flagpoles. (?)
And I would bet the families of those killed are those Americans who “cling to their religion and guns”.
This was a terrible accident, but flying the flag at half staff for a week is not really in line with flag protocol at the national level. I mean, when a sitting congressman dies the flag is only at half staff until his burial (I think).but as the president, he can have the flag at half staff for any reason he wants. @lease correct me if I am wrong. This is an interesting civics issue.
But not for Gen Robert White, genuine American Hero, who recently passed away. If you don’t recognize the name you would would be glad you looked it up.
Mine’s already flying upside down.
Obambi is so stupid
FEDERAL US FLAGS are only flown at half staff for the death of patriots, and you are trying to make criminals out of the US energy industry. How is your left wing base going to take this?
This is more ‘feel good’ idiocy
NOTHING AGAINST THE COAL MINERS!!!! But are we going to fly the entire country’s flags at half staff for every industrial accident from now on?
I am actually somewhat amazed by the level of ignorance of the Flag Code out there. For example, it specifically states that the Flag “shall not be utilized as part of any athletic uniform”. Yet I seem to see it popping-up on baseball uniforms all the time.
Like somebody said, its easier for fubar to do that than make a statement involving prayer.
“Because it’s good PR for the Kenyan...plain and simple”
My thoughts exactly. He wants the flag lowered low enough to get his hands on it and rip it up.....ain’t gonna happen though.
You know what makes all of this pale by comparison?...It’s the 2500 or so babies who die EVERY DAY in the abortion mills around the country. I’m not talking a year...A DAY. Where’s the flag for them, Mr. Obama? He probably would want to raise the flag to them.
You’re ALL right on the money. He has no clue about anything. He’s in WAY over his head. We survived the Clintoon machine but I’m really afraid with this one. I thought we were done with his kind after Clintoon was exposed and shamed. I look back and can’t figure out what happened to people’s minds that they would fall for this crap all over again. Didn’t they learn ANYTHING? Guess not.
Kansas lowered our flags to half staff over a week ago because some retired state Supreme Court justice had died. Just at state buildings and some businesses though.
Once again Obama, heady in his arrogance and incompetence, blunders.
Amen, Gman. Good point!
Cares about the mistreated workers, all that. Obama just sees ANY event as a potential political opportunity he might be able to leverage.
Um, Mrs. Post said that Barry is punctual. Where the hell has he been on this?
Oh, another Historic Kodak moment....never mind.
I don’t see why Obozo did this because he wants to shut down coal as an energy source - something coal miners seemed to miss in the last election.
He’s just looking forward to May Day.
It is odd that the proclamation only covers West Virginia. I can’t recall a Presidential proclamation to lower the flag that only covered one state. Usually it is the whole US or nothing.
Of course, state Governors can now order the US flag lowered to half staff at all state and federal government buildings and facilities within their respective states, as of 2008. But that kind of state-restricted proclamation comes from a governor, not the President.
I often think I’m being too cynical, so far, I’ve always been wrong. Union workers, my thoughts exactly, murdered by evil capitalism.
Obama...as always, LATE to the engagement.