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Obama Doesn't Return Marine’s Salute, Shakes Hand Instead — Is This a Protocol Misstep?

Obama Doesn't Return Marine’s Salute, Shakes Hand Instead — Is This a Protocol Misstep?

CBS News’ White House correspondent Mark Knoller tweeted this morning that President Barack Obama did not return a salute to a Marine before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn:

Is Obama Not Initially Saluting a Marine Back a Big Deal?

(Image: Mark Knoller/Twitter)

Is Obama Not Initially Saluting a Marine Back a Big Deal?

(Image: Mark Knoller/Twitter)

Indeed, the press pool report notes the same thing:

In-town pool report #1
South Lawn departure for Annapolis

Under gray skies and intermittent drizzle, President Obama boarded Marine One at 9:30 a.m. EDT in an open press event.

A few White House regulars were atwitter (and on Twitter) when the President walked directly up the steps of Marine One without saluting the Marine on duty. He soon came out of the helicopter, walked down the steps, shook hands with the Marine and engaged in a brief conversation.

Click here to see photos of the event at The Blaze

 

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