On Sunday, you may have heard that the White House went blue.
As has been done on various important days, the White House lights projected a different color onto the walls.
As visitors passed by the White House, they saw a blue tint covering the building.
President Donald Trump has been very vocal about his support of the men and women in law enforcement, but he didn’t “go blue” in honor of police officers. According to the Associated Press, the colorful transformation was to mark World Autism Awareness Day.
The Hill reported that on Friday, Trump said:
“I call upon all Americans to learn more about the signs of autism to improve early diagnosis, understand the challenges faced by those with autism spectrum disorders, and to do what they can to support individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.”
The Los Angeles Times noted that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed Trump was keeping a promise to the late wife of his friend Bob Wright.
Bob is the former president and CEO of NBC, and in 2005 – alongside his wife Suzanne – he co-founded the non-profit Autism Speaks. As the grandparents of a child with autism, raising funds for research and awareness is a cause that is very close to the family.
Suzanne Wright is credited on the Autism Speaks site with creating the puzzle piece logo that is used around the world. Bob’s wife died in 2016. According to Spicer, Trump promised her that he would illuminate the White House blue if he won the election.
The “Light It Up Blue” awareness campaign began in 2010, and CBS Baltimore reported that this is the first time the White House has participated.