Idaho’s Vernon Baker, who was the last living black World War II Medal of Honor winner, passed away recently.

His family was invited to the White House, but it didn’t go very well:

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.

I know there’s a dress code for the West Wing (which is where they were invited to gain entrance), but come on, they let Michelle in there don’t they?

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Maybe if the kid brought a skateboard they would have let him in:

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Or maybe if the kid said he was a radical with the New Black Panther Party they would have let him in.

I’m willing to bet that if the boy’s shirt had a photo of Barack Obama on it instead of his grandfather he’d not only have been allowed in the West Wing, but he’d still be there.

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15 Responses to “Medal of Honor Recipient’s Family Denied Entrance to White House”

  1. Marshall_Will on September 30th, 2010 2:58 pm

    Or… unlike the Salahis, while impeccably dressed.., had no business -being- there!

    Here was a guy that was a true American hero and the poor kid can't get his foot in the door? You can't expect ten year olds to come up w/ snappy quips like "My tux is in the cleaners!" ( which is what most males say ) as their wife allows them to take credit for "always remembering everyone by name".

    Oh and reminding you that you're limited to "a" drink.

  2. Nick on September 30th, 2010 4:16 pm

    This is typical right wing, divisive, out of context bull designed to divide the nation and fatten the pocket books of people like Doug Powers. (aka American traitors)

  3. Toes2 on September 30th, 2010 4:22 pm

    Seems like a low-level screen-er made a mistake… a bad one … Howev… this is not unreasonable considering mess-ups like the Salahis … We have better things to complain about … Apparently… the White house apologizes … http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/sep/30/bake

  4. Toes2 on September 30th, 2010 4:23 pm

    As they should …

  5. Marshall_Will on September 30th, 2010 5:14 pm

    Perhaps it's 'my' fault? If you follow the video link that Doug provided ( he managed to find the time when not rolling around naked in big fat stacks of CASH! ) the local TV station mentioned that friends in St. Mary's, ID took up a collection so the family would be able to attend.

    I apologize for not being so jaded/biased that I can still see the world thru the eyes of a 10 year old bustling w/ pride to see his grandfather honored.., only to be turned away at the last minute.

    Now if you'll excuse me I have to get down to the grade school and 'deflate' a few bicycle tires.

  6. Doug on September 30th, 2010 6:19 pm

    ( he managed to find the time when not rolling around naked in big fat stacks of CASH! )

    You can see that?

    It's not MY cash though… I'm just trying to get a feel for what it's like to be a liberal politician…

  7. SignPainterGuy on September 30th, 2010 6:35 pm

    I`m with you and M_W on this …. But Doug, you left out "fat-cat elitist" liberal politician… No biggie….I get your point… I roll in it sometimes, too !! Don`t look !!

    M_W, give the tires a break…..Nick will develop lip rash !!

  8. Marshall_Will on September 30th, 2010 7:43 pm

    "It's not MY cash though…" LOL! ( Hey, so much the better? )

    The general premise of a liberal statement of that nature ( "standard issue" prior to graduating from basic indoctrination ) is that.., they've managed to screw this country up in such royal fashion ) only someone who's been PAID to love it ( would actually 'love' it? )

    A conservative can't love their country out of pure emotion or a genuine sense of loyalty.., there -has- to be a paycheck in it or it's a no-go. C'mon, you guys know that?

    "give the tires a break" Uh… too late…

  9. SignPainterGuy on September 30th, 2010 9:00 pm

    …"too late"…. You bad boy !!! Now Nick`s Mom will be all up in his grill wanting to know why he`s late gettin` home from school and what`s he been blowin` on this time ?!!! Poor Nick !!

  10. Marshall_Will on September 30th, 2010 9:50 pm

    "Mom will be up in his grill"

    What makes it frustrating for virtually all Libs ( and Doug, sir, please feel free to correct me at ANY time ) is when you find yourself in alignment w/ Michelle M's basic "belief system". God, Country, Family. There! Done. Quickest assignment in the history of homework.

    See, when you don't have all the add'l baggage of everything from justifying same-sex marriage to… God knows -what- all.., then yes, you needn't be burdened w/ an ever-expanding, situational belief 'system'? Now of course where they're concerned ( where's the 'fun' in that! )

  11. SignPainterGuy on September 30th, 2010 10:21 pm

    The simple life is soooo much better !! Like telling the truth as opposed to lying – it`s easy to remember the truth !! And it doesn`t compound itself ! – weaves no webs !

    I`ve personally proven a Rush`ism: Tell a lie to a liberal, he`ll believe it – tell him the truth, he`ll think it`s a lie – accurately describe a liberal, it will drive him nuts, take it as a personal attack and go absolutely ballistic !! Not a pretty sight !! Sometimes requires asbestos !!

  12. OK_Loyalist on October 1st, 2010 12:44 am

    It's because they are bigots and their #1 friend is projection!

  13. OK_Loyalist on October 1st, 2010 12:48 am

    Baggee's back! Is that stubble I feel on your chin?

  14. Marshall_Will on October 1st, 2010 11:34 am

    "Sometimes requires asbestos !!"

    Yes, I have an aluminized proximity suit at the ready! OK_Loyalist has aptly described an oft employed technique of theirs and up until recently, it really bothered me. Often though it's difficult to put your finger on, underneath all the bullying tactics.

  15. OK_Loyalist on October 2nd, 2010 12:31 am

    David Horowitz is who really tuned me in on it.

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