ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:
At 6:30 pm this evening the North Portico of the White House residence and the main gate to the Naval Observatory will be lit pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the color of the cause. The respective homes of President Obama and Vice President Biden will stay pink until 11 pm this evening.
There’s much past precedent for this – the Bush White House in 2008 similarly lit up the White House pink for the first time. Last year the Obama White House opted for a large pink ribbon to hang on the North Portico.
On October 1st President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation for breast cancer awareness month.
“As we display pink ribbons on our lapels, offices, and storefronts, we also support those courageously fighting breast cancer and honor the lives lost to this devastating disease,” the president says in the proclamation, “During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we stand with our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends, and we recognize all who have joined their loved ones in fighting their battle, as well as the advocates, researchers, and health care providers whose care and hard work gives hope to those living with breast cancer. By educating ourselves and supporting innovative research, we will improve the quality of life for all Americans affected by breast cancer and, one day, defeat this terrible disease.”