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White House Turns Away Hero’s Family

By Wyatt Earp | October 2, 2010

The White House turned away the family of a recently deceased Medal of Honor recipient because of an alleged “dress code violation.” I wish I was kidding.

Family of Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker was denied access to the White House’s West Wing on Saturday, a day after the World War II hero was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Baker’s widow, Heidy, and grandson, Vernon Pawlik, 10, were denied entry because the boy was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. His shirt had a picture of his grandfather on it. A White House Web site doesn’t list a dress code, but the family had been invited to tour the West Wing, which houses the president’s office and where casual dress is prohibited.

Disgusting, but typical for an administration that has shown contempt for the troops. You can read about Lt. Baker’s valor here.

Topics: The Troops | 16 Comments »

16 Responses to “White House Turns Away Hero’s Family”

  1. dragonlady474 Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Let me get this straight…the president dresses “casual” in the oval office, but the grandson of a war hero can’t? Freakin’ jerks.

  2. Randal Graves Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I thought he was wearing this shirt:

  3. ed Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    This is probably going to unfold like the Air Force One flyover of New York.

    There will be much finger pointing, eventually it will be admitted that “mistakes were made” and the last one without a chair will be fired.

  4. Rides A Pale Horse Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I have had a very difficult time putting a family friendly post together on this issue or any other regarding the current squatters in the Whitehouse. I am trying VERY hard to be civil but it’s getting harder and harder every day.

    We are characterized as “hicks”, a “mob”, “the unwashed”, “Nazis”, “un-American” etc……etc. Pick your epithet.

    We have a welfare family residing in OUR house, putting his feet up on a desk which was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 and was built from the timbers of the British Arctic Exploration ship Resolute, with a wife that dresses like a goddamned bag lady, spending OUR money like there’s no tomorrow, apologizing at every opportunity for supposed transgressions the United States has committed, bowing and scraping to every despot and dictator, denigrating the very people that put this trash into his position, waging war on the ONLY news outlet that dares tell the truth about the direction this administration is taking our beloved country, subverts the Constitution at every opportunity and shows an absolute disregard for the will of the people.

    With all due respect to Dragonlady, he and his fat assed, ugly, despicable wife aren’t “casual”. They’re slobs. Uncouth, vacuous, slovenly, disrespectful of anything and everything that makes this country the greatest on the face of the Earth.

    Now this. Although he may not even have been at the Whitehouse at the time of the CMOH family visit, it’s apparent that whoever was in charge of “security” or whatever “dress code” was in place, was told that this kind of people were not to be admitted.

    His disrespect for the military and the heros that protect his worthless ass is glaringly apparent. He can’t stand to be in the presence of anyone who has suffered and fought for the freedoms and liberties that he is trying so hard to destroy.

    This is the most disgusting bunch to EVER have occupied the Whitehouse and our government in general.

    I have to stop now as the more I write, the angrier I’m getting and I’m afraid I’ll say something I’ll later regret.

    Sorry for the long winded rant. Just had to get some of this off my chest.

  5. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    On the flip side, they were going to the White House not an amusement park. People don’t seem to have any sense of appropriate attire anymore.

    That said, they should have made an exception in this circumstance. I’m surprised The White House staff doesn’t notify visitors of the dress code when issuing invitations.

  6. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I reposted that on Facebook and a friend reposted and got a comment that hit the nail on the head:

    Yet Michelle Obama can disembark Air Force One in shorts and sneakers. Another sign that they think they are elite rulers.

  7. Rides A Pale Horse Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    So, let me see if I have this right.

    Even though there’s no published dress code, it’s a given that in the West Wing, casual dress is not allowed but the first family is allowed to run around dressed like a bunch of refugees from a third world shithole, putting their feet up on the furniture etc. but a ten year old kid wearing a t-shirt honoring his hero grandfather is prohibited?

    Seems like he was only following the example set by the first family slobs.

    Ok…..yeah….makes sense to me.

  8. RT Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    He’s a little kid.

  9. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    RT – so is the President. heh.

  10. ed Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Smite A. Hippie Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Yet Michelle Obama can disembark Air Force One in shorts and sneakers. Another sign that they think they are elite rulers.

    Heh. I like the cut of your jib and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  11. Old NFO Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    It’s an ‘unofficial’ dress code… sigh… Can’t have the peons associating with their betters is more like it…

  12. Fenway_Nation Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Is anybody surprised by this?

    Remember this the next time the dems try and campaign on the American-as-apple-pie-we-love-our-vets-and-their-families platform.

    Actually…remember 0bama’s brilliant plan to put vets w/combat related injuries onto private insurers plans (instead of the VA) as a cost cutting measure?

    This guy…..this administration….doesn’t give a shit. If the used-car-salesman-in chief ended every other sentence with ‘I hate the brainwashed tools of American Imperialism that comprise the US military’ I’m not sure what he’d do differently.

  13. Ingineer66 Says:
    October 3rd, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    The kid is 10 years old. I thought you were supposed to wear short pants at 10. It wasn’t like I tried to get in wearing shorts and a T-shirt. What a bunch of BS.

  14. richard mcenroe Says:
    October 3rd, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    If I am elected President, I will require all WH staff and visitors to wear flip-flops. That way I can tell who’s at their desk working and who’s running around playing “West Wing.”

  15. Wyatt Earp Says:
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    DL474 – Funny about that hypocrisy, huh?

    Randal – Nice!

    Ed – And of course, none of the mistakes will be attributed to Obama.

    RAPH – May I summarize your point? Obama has no respect for the troops.

    Mrs. Crankipants – If it was a regular t-shirt, I would agree. But it was a shirt with his deceased grandfather’s picture on it. He should have been allowed entry.

    Smite – Exactly. The class has surely gone out of the office of the FLOTUS.

    RAPH – What’s good for me is not good for thee.

    RT – Yep, a grade schooler. And he was tossed out because of a t-shirt.

    Old NFO – You wonder how the family took this. Anger, disappointment, disgust?

    Fenway – I would like to think a drubbing in November would wake him up, but I doubt it.

    Ingineer66 – Exactly why I posted this. It is insanity.

    Richard – Remember the flap about the women’s lacrosse team (Northwestern, I think) who wore dresses and flip flops to meet GW Bush? Guess what? They weren’t turned away!

  16. Rick Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 12:54 am

    What a crock of crap