The White House has confirmed that the flag of Communist China will flutter over the lawn of the Ellipse, the public area adjacent to the president’s residence, later this month in a ceremony that is to recognize the 60th anniversary of the regime.
WND reported last week on the plans announced by several English-language Chinese media outlets to raise the flag over the south lawn.
The White House’ confirmation said the event is to be Sept. 20 over the adjacent Ellipse. The Fox News report carrying the word from the administration said the event will be on the other side of E Street from the White House.
The distinction was lost to some participating in a forum page on the Fox website.
“This is an outrage. So now the White House says the Ellipse lawn is no longer a part of the White House? … It’s actually owned by the national forest service. Wow! That made me feel so much better. At first I thought they sold the White House lawn to the Chinese already,” wrote one.
“Don’t believe a flag belonging to a Communist nation should ever be flown in this country, at the White House or anywhere else,” said a second. And a third added. “Which communists should we believe, OURS or theirs???”
Columnist Chuck Baldwin, while noting the report over the Ellipse location rather than the formal south lawn, said the idea of a Communist Chinese flag flying at the White House “challenges my vocabulary.
“Words such as UNBELIEVABLE, UNREAL, HORRIFIC, OBSCENE, even TRAITOROUS quickly come to mind,” he wrote in a column. “Remember, the communist leaders of Mao’s China are not called the ‘Butchers of Beijing’ for nothing. Since seizing power in 1949, it is estimated that the communist government in China has murdered more than 50 million people (some reports say the number is over 70 million).”
He warned of the dangers of forgetting past confrontations.
“Does the name Chosin Reservoir mean anything to anyone? Obviously, the name doesn’t mean anything to President Barack Obama. However, that name means much to the tens of thousands of American families who lost husbands, sons, and fathers there,” he wrote.
Chosin was a Korean conflict confrontation in which 60,000 troops from China crossed into North Korea to attack American troops at the reservoir. More than 4,000 Americans died.
The Global Times English-language edition had reported that Xiao Shuigen, secretary of the Union of Chinese American Professional Organizations, discussed the flag ceremony.
“The ceremony has gotten official approval,” he told the news agency.
“It was always my dream to raise a Chinese flag in the center of Washington, D.C.,” Chen Ronghua, chief of the U.S.-Fujian Association, told the newspaper. “This year, my motherland’s 60th birthday, is the perfect time for it.”
According to China Daily, Chinese associations in the United States applied to have a ceremony.
WND’s original report cited Obama’s previous encounters with flag troubles. It was Obama’s official campaign blogger who had a Communist Party flag in his Harvard apartment.
Such emblems also were an issue during Obama’s presidential campaign when a Houston Fox TV affiliate captured images of a volunteer in an Obama campaign office working in front of a flag featuring the image of Che Guevara, the South American revolutionary who became Fidel Castro’s executioner after the communist takeover in Cuba.
At that time, the Obama campaign issued a statement calling the flag “inappropriate” and noting that the office where it was displayed was funded by “volunteers” and was not the official campaign headquarters.
However, it was Sam Graham-Felsen, a journalist-on-leave from The Nation, who joined Obama for America in 2007 and worked as the official blogger. He, according to a 2003 article in the Harvard Crimson, adorned one corner of his shared student apartment with “a Communist Party flag … bought on their trip to Russia the summer after sophomore year.”
The coming flag event was condemned on the forums page on Fox News commentator Sean Hannity’s website.
“People could understand if there was a Chinese visitor at the White House and the Red flag was placed on the stage behind the speakers, but to hoist the commie pinko flag in ‘honor’ of the founding of the People’s Republic of China is absurd,” the forum participant said. “This only goes to prove the Obama administration is out-of-touch with the American people.”
William Gheen, chief of Americans for Legal Immigration, the pre-eminent organization battling against illegal immigration, said it’s the message that is sent to the world that will be significant.
“Our concern is that sovereign wealth funds, like the Chinese, now control the executive branch more than the American people,” he said. “China is not our friend. China is our enemy. Our enemy is coming and raising their own flag in a type of proclamation.
“I expect the Chinese media will make a big thing of it,” he said, saying something like, “‘Look how strong and powerful China is, raising our flag on the White House.’”
He said it conveys the same message as if Old Glory would be raised on the property of the Kremlin.
A spokesman for the American Legion told WND that if the proper protocols are followed, there should be no issue with the actual display of a Chinese flag, especially since diplomatic visits routinely include the display of foreign flags.