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Obama's non-salute a sign of disrespect
May 24, 2013 - Paul Giannamore
Normally, I do not give a hoot about the Tweets and posts and other stuff about Obama being anti-American. I consider those to be superficial, like picking on Bush for choking on a pretzel. Obama finally failed to make a gesture that put him solidly beyond the superficial.
But Obama genuinely showed an attitude of disrespect on Thursday. He did not acknowledge or salute the Marine standing watch at the steps to Marine One. Walked right by him, went up the steps and into the chopper. There inside, either someone pointed out his faux pas or it dawned on him, and he came back out to the Marine. He still did not salute. He shook his hand in one of the most awkward gestures of any president ever. The Marine surely didn't know whether to salute, shake hands or wind his watch.
I do not care what is on the president's mind, and with multiple scandals and the obvious upcoming failures of ObamaCare coming to light day by day, he probably has a lot on his mind. He is the Commander in Chief. He should, after 4 1/2 years have it down pat. It isn't just protocol. It's a sign of love of country, of the dignity that should be afforded both his office and the Marine Corps. It's thank you, hello. It's not just pomp and circumstance. It's not a matter of being a "human being making a mistake," either. This is the president. It is part of his natural motions, one would think, after 4 1/2 years.
Let alone it is Memorial Day weekend.
Actions do speak volumes, and there is no question about this one. Just plain disrespectful.
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