The New York Times – Cup in Hand, Obama Stirs Dispute: Should Presidents Salute?
President Obama’s social media team has touched off a cascade of criticism among service members and civilians alike over a video posted to the White House’s Instagram account that showed him saluting a pair of Marines with a cup in his hand. For veterans of a military that prides itself on discipline and strict adherence to protocol, it was careless at best and disrespectful at worst.
Coming at a time of trouble in veterans care and the start of new military operations in the Middle East, the video handed fuel to critics.
“It’s not like they were caught by TMZ,” said Paul Rieckhoff, the executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “They posted this on their own Instagram page. His whole team screwed up thinking this was O.K.” He said that the incident was, ultimately, dumb, but that …read more
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