Wingnuts contrive another silly Obama “scandal” — Umbrella-gate!
When U.S. Marines were shown providing umbrella coverage for President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a Rose Garden news conference the other day (see top photo above), the right-wing noise machine went into high gear.
The prevailing opinion among the Obamaphobes was that it was disrespectful of the president to have uniformed members of the U.S. military hold his umbrella.
But, of course, Obama’s not the first president to so utilize our military men, as the photo above of George H.W. Bush will attest.
Sarah Palin’s snarky comment on Umbrella-gate (“Mr. President, when it rains it pours, but most Americans hold their own umbrellas”) is also contradicted in the photo gallery above.
Here’s how one of Rupert Murdoch’s trashy right-wing tabloids played the story: