Mr. President, They Are Not Baristas – They Are Marines

Posted: Sep 24, 2014 10:24 AM

It was the salute seen around the world.

President Obama was caught on video saluting Marines with a coffee cup in his hand. Just call him Cappuccino-in-Chief.

The White House posted video to its Instagram account and soon unleashed a torrent of outrage. The Washington Times dubbed the moment “Semper Latte.”

I’m surprised he didn’t order the Marines to fetch him cream and sugar.

Before lunchtime – liberals had unearthed a photograph purportedly showing former President Bush saluting with a dog in his arms.

As if that somehow makes what President Obama did okay.

I do not know the context of the Bush photo – but I will say this — if in fact he saluted Marines with a dog in his hands – shame on him.

Wrong is wrong. This isn’t about politics. It’s about respect.

And President Obama’s lukewarm latte salute was a violation of protocol and common decency and a complete sign of disrespect.

Just remember, Mr. President – they are not baristas. They are Marines.