Gibbs said during a briefing that he hasn’t spoken directly to President Barack Obama about the flap. But he said “the president believes — I think all of us believe — that the very least we can do is show our gratitude and thanks to somebody that served our country so admirably.”

He went on to say that “it’s silly to … think that somebody that’s done that can’t have a flagpole and … show the proper respect and appreciation that any flag deserves by flying that in their neighborhood.”