was no national order to lower the flags by President Obama for singer Whitney Houston.
An order to lower the flags in the state of New Jersey was issued by Governor Chris Christie. This
according to a
February 14, 2012 article by NJ.Com, a news site based in New
Jersey, that said, Governor "Chris Christie plans to sign an executive
order requesting flags on public buildings in New Jersey to fly at
half-staff on the day of Jersey native Whitney Houston's funeral."
Houston was found dead in her hotel room bathroom at the Beverly Hilton
in Beverly Hills, Ca on February 12, 2010. She was in the Los
Angeles area for the Grammy Awards. The official
coroner's report listed her cause of death as accidental drowning
with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors.
The article also said that the memorial service was held at Newark's New
Hope Baptist Church, where Ms. Houston began singing when she was a
Almost two years later, on February 10, 2014 former U.S. Ambassador and
child star Shirley Temple Black died from natural causes at her home in
Woodside, California at the age of 85. President Obama made
no comment of the services to her country by the late actress.
This according to a
February 11, 2014 article by the
Washington Times that said the President "chose to put out a statement
about the retirement of a civil rights activist Tuesday while remaining
mum about the death of former child star and diplomat Shirley Temple
According to her page on
biography.com, Shirley Temple Black serve as U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations from 1969 to 1970. In 1974 she was appointed by
President Gerald Ford as U.S. Ambassador to Ghana. From
1976 to 1977 she served as chief of protocol of the United States.
Her page also said that "Temple became the only person to date to
achieve the rank of honorary U.S. Foreign Service officer," in 1988.
One year later, President George H. W. Bush appointed her as ambassador
to Czechoslovakia, a role that she served until 1992.
Chris Kyle was a decorated U.S.
Navy Seal with 150 confirmed kills. On February 2, 2013 he
tragically met his death at a pistol range. Texas Governor Rick
Perry issued a
but we have not found any official statement from the White House.
Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, were helping a friend, U.S.
Marine Reservist Eddie Ray Routh, overcome post traumatic stress
disorder when Routh allegedly turned is weapon on Kyle and Littlefield
and open fired. This according to a
September 17, 2013 article
by an NBC News affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas that said, "Routh,
25, is facing capital murder charges after police said the troubled war
vet shot and killed Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. history."
Routh's trial is expected to begin in May, 2014.