President Barack Obama’s approval rating may take another dip after he committed a faux pas of epic proportions when he failed to put down his cup of coffee on Tuesday. The commander-in-chief was getting off the Marine One helicopter in New York when he saluted two Marines while holding a latte.
Maybe suggesting that the Obama latte salute will hurt the POTUS’s approval rating seems to be a bit of a stretch, but not according to the fine folks on Facebook and Twitter. These people are pissed off and are letting the world know that what Obama did was completely disrespectful and that he isn’t worthy of his job.
Okay, in all fairness, these same people offer up a different reason each day to explain why Obama isn’t fit to be the POTUS, but judging from the thousands and thousands of angry posts, the latte salute is apparently worse than Benghazi, Obamacare, and the IRS scandal combined.
Without further ado, check out the video of the Obama latte salute that was posted to the White House’s Instagram account yesterday.
Sorry if you were expecting something more dramatic. Obama was buttoning his jacket with one hand while holding a latte with the other when he greeted the Marines.
Interestingly enough, Obama was criticized for failing to salute a soldier back in 2011. According to the Texas GOP site, Obama isn’t required to salute anyone at all:
The answer is quite simple. The President of the United States is a civilian. He is not a member of the US Military and is therefore not entitled to salute. The military salute is a privilege earned by honorable service in the military. It is also a privilege that can be taken away. Military prisoners are stripped of the privilege of saluting. While the President is Constitutionally the CINC, he is not a member of the military.
Basically, Obama is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. If he doesn’t salute, people are angry, and if he does salute, he’s criticized for how he did it. The POTUS has been called every name under the sun for the Obama latte salute. Check out a couple of the more outraged tweets below.
Yo asshole that marine would probably jump on a grenade for you,but you can't put your coffee down to salute? #Obama
— WTF (@kubrick1980) September 24, 2014
Obama tipping his coffee salute to marines, do you need more to see this S.O.B. does not respect our country or our military service, jerk.
— Roy Duckett (@RoyDuckett1) September 24, 2014
Fortunately, some Twitter users weren’t too upset over the Obama latte salute and poked fun at the situation:
Glad the media are focusing on Obama's coffee-cup salute because there hasn't been a good presidential scandal since the tan suit outrage
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) September 24, 2014
What's worse, if you look at the cup in Obama's "Latte Salute," the barista spelled his name "Hobammuh."
— Chris Regan (@ChrisRRegan) September 24, 2014
So, what’s your take on the Obama latte salute? Are people making much ado about nothing, or did he seriously screw up? Add your comments below.
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