It has been about 10 days since legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was tragically gunned down in Texas, and the president of the United States has yet to address his death.
President Barack Obama has not made a public statement regarding Kyle’s murder and his extraordinary service to his county, nor has the White House issued an official press release. Messages left by TheBlaze were not immediately returned by the White House.
Several Blaze readers have also suggested that the White House should have ordered flags be flown at half mast to honor Kyle. You may recall, Obama issued such orders to honor the late Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, the victims of Sandy Hook, and in honor of Arlen Specter, Neil Armstrong and Army Cpl. Frank W. Buckles, as well as others.
While those proclamations were more than necessary, many would argue an American hero like Chris Kyle — the “American Sniper” — undoubtedly deserves the same respect.
However, the most glaring oversight is still the fact that President Obama hasn’t so much as offered a public statement paying his respects to Kyle and his family.
When singer Whitney Houston passed away from a drug overdose, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama’s “thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her daughter.” He also called her death a “tragedy.”
Meanwhile, Kyle leaves behind two young children and a devastated wife.
Kyle’s memorial service was held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Monday, at which Obama wasn’t in attendance. He received some criticism for his absence, however, it appears that the commander-in-chief was attending the Medal of Honor ceremony for former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha that same day.
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said in a Facebook post that she hoped the president “pays his respects” to Kyle soon.
As Twitchy notes, Obama’s silence on Kyle has not gone unnoticed.
President Obama has not one word to say for American hero Chris Kyle? Nothing? Unsurprising, but that does not make it less egregious.
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) February 11, 2013
Why did Obama take the time to publicly talk about Whitney Houston’s death but not a word about Chris Kyle, an American hero
— Shawn Patton (@ShawnPatton2) February 7, 2013
No statement from Pres. Obama on the murder of Chris KyleDoesn’t Mr. Kyle remind you of your uncle or something Mr. President? #CONVICTION
— Steven Wiles (@StevenGWiles) February 8, 2013
Must have missed Obama’s statement about the murder of Chris Kyle. The silence is deafening, Mr. President.
— Mandy Burns (@MandyBurnsTX) February 11, 2013
— Erin Haust (@erinhaust) February 11, 2013
There may be a legitimate reason as to why Obama has waited so long to acknowledge Kyle’s death — we just don’t have one, or any reason for that matter.
Kyle will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin following a 200-mile funeral procession starting in the Dallas area Tuesday.
Meanwhile, patriots lined up on the Interstate 35 corridor near Temple, Texas to honor Kyle in a big way. This photo says it all:
This story will be updated if the White House returns messages left by TheBlaze.