Obama forgot to salute to the Marine standing guard at Marine One while boarding. The President seemed to have forgotten protocol on Friday, May 24 and while he did catch himself, he didn’t really fix his mistake. According to Huffington Post, Obama walked back to the Marine, shook his hand and evidently said something to him privately — and it looks like he was trying to be funny.
“Obama did not salute the Marine standing at the bottom of the helicopter while boarding. Upon realizing the faux pas, the president jogged back down to shake hands with the Marine and spoke privately with him before entering the helicopter again,” Huffington Post reported.
Obama forgot to salute the Marine after a very long week — but even still, many don’t feel that is any excuse. The President is supposed to salute when boarding Marine One but some people don’t think his absent-mindedness really matters in the scheme of things. While it is traditional for the POTUS to show the sign of respect, many people let this one roll — which is interesting considering the amount of criticism Obama has received lately.
What do you think of Obama’s forgetting to salute? Was it a big deal? Do you think he should have offered a proper salute to the Marine when he went back down to his post?
Since Obama forgot to salute, does that change your opinion of him in any way?
© Effie Orfanides 2013