President Obama has a reputation for oratory, although it seems no one can quote a memorable line that rings out like, “Ask not what your country can do for you…” or “Mr. Gorbachev – tear down that wall!”

So this week, pundits and the press analyzed his speech at the Dallas memorial for five police officers assassinated while on duty guarding protesters at a Black Lives Matter march, speculating about the president’s support of law enforcement officers in general and at times like this in particular.

But it isn’t Obama’s words that reveal his true feelings – he rarely says anything in a formal setting that hasn’t been carefully vetted by a staff of speechwriters and advisers – it is his actions and their symbolism that expose his true belief and character.

In October 2013, the White House – the Peoples’ House that belongs to all Americans – was illuminated in pink to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness month.

A noble cause.

In June 2015, just hours after the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion legalizing same-sex marriage, the White House was brightly lit with the rainbow colors that have been appropriated by the LGBT movement.

But after the White House was not illuminated, even as the capitol building in Austin, Texas was lit in blue as a tribute to the fallen officers, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation formally requested that President Obama honor the slain officers by illuminating the White House in blue.

He did not refuse, but the White House remained… white.

Jon Adler, president of the association, said that while it “appreciated the President’s proclamation to have our flag flown at half-mast in honor of our fallen Dallas police heroes,” adding, “actions speak louder than scripted words.”

Last week, after the cold-blooded murder of officers on the streets of Dallas by a black activist who told police negotiators that his goal was to “kill white people, especially white cops,” Obama had the opportunity to show, by the powerful use of the symbol of his office, where his heart and sympathy lie.

He did.


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