Obama has ordered flags at half-staff more than any president in history

Obama has ordered flags at half-staff more than any president in history
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[Ed. – He’s also lectured the country more than any other president. Connection?]

With his tenure in office marked by terror attacks and mass shootings, President Obama has reached a sad but remarkable milestone in his presidency: He has ordered the lowering of the nation’s flags to half-staff more often than any president in history.

On Sunday, Obama extended that unenviable streak even further, ordering all flags at federal buildings and ships at sea to be flown at half-staff to honor the 49 victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Those flags will remain at half-staff until sunset Thursday, meaning that the nation will spend most of National Flag Week — proclaimed by Obama in a separate order last Friday— with the stars and stripes in a mournful pose.

Since 2009, Obama has issued 66 proclamations to fly the flag at half-staff, exceedingPresident George W. Bush’s 58 and Bill Clinton’s 50, according to a USA TODAY analysis of presidential proclamations.

Annual observances such as Memorial Day and Pearl Harbor day have contributed to that total, as have the deaths of notable public figures like Sen. Robert Byrd, Sen. Ted Kennedy, former first lady Nancy Reagan and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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