Tantaros: Why Did Obama Have to Be 'Pushed' Into Lowering the Flags?
Following days of criticism, President Obama ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and at U.S. federal buildings in honor of the victims of the Chattanooga attack.
In a proclamation issued early Tuesday afternoon, Obama said of the Chattanooga victims, "We honor their service. We offer our gratitude to the police officers and first responders who stopped the rampage and saved lives. We draw strength from yet another American community that has come together with an unmistakable message to those who would try and do us harm: We do not give in to fear. You cannot divide us. And you will not change our way of life."
He ordered flags flown at half-staff at the White House and "all public buildings and grounds," as well as over military posts and naval stations and vessels -- until July 25. Flags will be flown at half-staff at U.S. embassies and other overseas diplomatic offices.
Four Marines - Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, Sgt. Carson Holmquist and Staff Sgt. David Wyatt - and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith were killed in the shootings at two military centers.
The "Outnumbered" hosts reacted soon after the proclamation was handed down, with Andrea Tantaros questioning why this decision took this long. Tantaros said the White House seems not to understand the larger "tone and tenor of the electorate."
"I think it speaks to a bigger issue: the tin ear of this White House. Why do they have to be pushed and shoved and twisted and have the news cycle force them into doing this. This should have been a natural reaction," she said.
Harris Faulkner noted that after other attacks - like the Boston bombing, Navy Yard shooting and Sandy Hook massacre - it also took about five days for the White House to lower the flags to half-staff.
Tony Sayegh pointed out that Josh Earnest refused to even comment yesterday on whether the flags would be lowered.
Tantaros said these decisions are "no-brainers," faulting the president for also not calling the family of Kate Steinle.
"We've seen him spring into action. When there was an NBA player who decided to come out of the closet as gay, the president speed-dialed that player. He can jump into these situations when he wants to," she said.
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