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'Latte Salute' by Obama Called Disrespectful to Marines (Video)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 09:14 AM

Commander in Chief Barack Obama is being slammed for what is being called the "latte salute" he gave to Marines as he disembarked the presidential helicopter after landing in New York City on Monday.

The event was posted on the White House's Instagram's page as Obama left Marine One with first lady Michelle Obama following him. He saluted the Marines with the cup of coffee still in his hand as he walked by.



Presidents normally return the crisp Marine salutes with a half-decent civilian version.

The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch called it the "'latte salute' heard around the world."

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"It doesn’t take much for President Barack Obama to run afoul of his detractors these days, so when he stepped off Marine One and tried to salute two U.S. Marines with a coffee cup in his hand, well the fuse was hit," wrote Market Watch.

"For those of you saying 'who cares' saluting properly is a HUGE deal in the military," one commenter said on the White House Instagram page. "You can be charged with disorderly conduct if you don't salute properly. It's a sign of respect. And the fact that he can't take his cup of coffee out of his hands for 3 seconds shows how much respect he has for the men who would die for him."

"So inappropriate Mr. President," said another commenter. "Those men would put their lives in the line for this country if you so ordered. Have some respect. Disgraceful."

"What? You put that cup in your left hand and salute those Marines like you should, like they deserve," said a third commenter on the Instagram page. "This is why people can't wait for 2016."

The comments did not get much better for Obama on social media.


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Commander in Chief Barack Obama is being slammed for what is being called the "latte salute" he gave to Marines as he disembarked the presidential helicopter after landing in New York City on Monday.
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