White House Apologizes for Turning Away War Hero’s Family Over Shorts

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Bill Clinton awarding Medal of Honor to Baker in 1997.

The White House has issued an apology in light of the oddest of mini-scandals after the family of a Medal of Honor recipient was turned away from an exclusive tour of the Oval Office because the late veteran’s 10-year-old grandson was wearing shorts. On Saturday, the widow and grandson of the late Vernon Baker, the last surviving black Medal of Honor winner from World War II, arrived at the White House for a special tour of the West Wing. But the staffer in charge of the operation was unsure about 10-year-old Vernon Pawlik's outfit — shorts and a T-shirt bearing his grandfather’s picture — and turned them away.

After criticism from Idaho senator Mike Crapo and others over the incident, the White House came forth with a public apology to the Baker family Thursday.


"This is an unfortunate misunderstanding," White House spokesman Adam Abrams said. "We would have loved to have hosted 10-year-old Vernon and his family at the White House and we have reached out to the Baker family and Lt. Norris to communicate our deep regret and invite them back to the White House."

The question is: Will Vernon dare wear shorts again or will he opt for pants?!?!

White House apologizes for turning away Medal of Honor recipient's family member for wearing shorts [AP via NYDN]