Sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words, as the old saying goes, and sometimes a video is even better than two-thousand.

If the 2013 image of President Barack Obama protected from the rain while standing under an umbrella held by a Marine officer in full uniform rankled those who are sensitive to the role of the military in protocol positions, the mirror opposite 2017 image must surely be evoking nods of approval.

Obama’s so-called “umbrella moment” came as he was holding a joint press conference with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in the White House Rose Garden.

Noting the rain, Obama quipped that while he had a change of clothes, he wasn’t certain Erdogan did, as he beckoned for one of the Marines standing guard to leave his position at attention to hold an umbrella while Obama spoke at length to reporters.

The request – no, the order – could not, of course, be refused, as the president is the Commander-in-Chief, but it undoubtedly placed the young Marine in an awkward position as military regulations do not provide for officers to fulfill such duties.

President Obama’s ignorance of Marine protocol had been only too evident in the past when he repeatedly mispronounced the word “Corpsman” with an audible “p” in a speech referring to a Marine Corpsman, which of course is silent, as in “coresman.

The word comes from the Latin, “corpus,” meaning a body of men.

The “umbrella moment,” as well as the mispronounced word, came to define, for many, Obama’s love of the pomp and ceremony of his office with little of the regard for the men and women who make it possible.

Flash forward four years to President Trump’s own “umbrella moment” as he held his own umbrella in the rain while making remarks about to the assembled press corps on the White House lawn.

Just last month, President Trump was seen chasing after a Marine’s hat that was blown off in a gust of wind as he guarded the presidential helicopter, Marine One.

And when the wind tore the Marine’s hat off again, President Trump chased it down… again.

While neither man served in the nation’s military, President Trump attended New York Military Academy where he was transformed from a preteen with the potential for troublemaking that concerned his father, to a Cadet Captain who learned to thrive on challenges and discipline.

President Obama, on the other hand, bragged in his memoirs of his high school days as a member of the “Choom Gang” pot smokers.

The difference between the two still shows.

Do you think President Trump holds members of the military in higher regard than President Obama did?

Source: Conservative Tribune

 
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