President Obama gave an unorthodox salute after stepping off a U.S. Marines helicopter on Tuesday. He saluted a Marine with his coffee cup. The Daily Caller notes that it is against protocol to salute while carrying items. “In some situations, the salute is not appropriate,” says the Marine Corps’ officer candidates manual. “In general, do not salute when… carrying articles with both hands or being otherwise so occupied as to make saluting impractical.” The manual also calls the salute “the most important of all military courtesies.”
Here is some of the critical social media reaction:
Disgusting. http://t.co/YhpkDe0hf8— T (@Reidy612) September 24, 2014
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Best part is its a styrofoam cup...not very "Green" of him... http://t.co/s66R11AgRN— John Murtagh (@johnmurtagh) September 23, 2014
I had to salute with a prosthetic arm, yet Obama cant even put down his damn latte? Come on.— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) September 23, 2014
Obama's "latte salute" is disrespectful enough, but the fact that the White House posted the video shows just how clueless they are!— Carolina Girl (@carolinagirl63) September 24, 2014