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Wingnuts contrive another silly Obama “scandal” — Umbrella-gate!

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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:

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  1. Roger USMC

    This was a gross violation of Marine protocol, which even the Commander in Chief is not allowed to overrule. How is it that President Obama can so easily order two Marines to hold umbrellas and found it impossible to direct military assets to protect our Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi, Libya?
    According to Marine Corps regulation MCO P1020.34F of the Marine Corps Uniform Regulations chapter 3, a male Marine is not allowed to carry an umbrella while in uniform. There is no provision in the Marine Corps uniform regulation guidelines that allows a male Marine to carry an umbrella

  2. Roger: Get over it!

    Nobody, except perhaps people like you, is going to think that male Marines will look like sissies if they hold umbrellas for two heads of state.

    Or are you going to argue that this incident is grounds for impeachment of Obama?

  3. Brian Opsahl

    They have been doing this for years, but it’s dissrespectful only when President Obama doe’s it…how in the world is that a gross violation of Marine protocol. So it’s differant when Reagan,Bush did this SAME thing…really do you know how racist thats sounds…? Why Obama not Reagan/Bush…?

  4. Steverino

    So Roger to meet protocol should a female marine have carried the umbrella and perhaps make hot cocoa for them when they were finished?

  5. Dale Philips

    Not to be critical (code for “I’m about to be critical), but don’t those pictures actually prove that no President has had the military do this before?

    The only one with people in uniform, and Bush the elder, involves members of the *Maltese* military holding an umbrella over him. If someone was criticizing the Turkish leader, that picture might apply.

  6. Brian Opsahl

    It would have been even more dissrespctful NOT to cover up the heads of State…it’s not like somebody threw a shoe at him or something…!!

    fool me once im an idiot, fool me twice im even dumber…I don’t know where UBL is, hell I mean I don’t even think about him anymore…this from the President that had the worst attack against Americans since pearl harbor….3000 thousand dead Americans and this is what he said about finding him…hhhmm

  7. Brian Opsahl

    He is the Commander in Chief of the most powerful Nation on earth and your whining because a Marine who serves his detail is asked to cover these 2 HEADS of State…wow..!

    Because Ronald Reagan was trying to be forceful with Lebenon against the wishes of his Generals plans left 200 some Marines to be targets for a truck bomb that killed them as they slept….so holding an umbrella in the rain…really..!!!

  8. Neftali

    Nothing better than a good internet meme. Here are several more pics that our friends on the left will love!

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/431927_304441506355701_1272657072_n.jpg

  9. MIke From CT

    @Roger USMC:

    Whatever MCO P1020.34F did or did not say is irrelevant, it was replaced *over 10 years ago, on March 31, 2003* by MCOP1020.34G.

  10. Brian Opsahl

    This is really that important to you guys …we don’t have more pressing needs than this BS

    Are you really serious about this Nef…?

  11. Rebecca

    My father was career military. You can’t have an umbrella for yourself as part of your uniform, but that doesn’t mean you can’t carry it for somebody else. A male can’t have a pocketbook as part of his uniform either, but he can hold it for his wife.

    This is what white house military detail DOES. They wait on the president. They hold doors. They hold umbrellas. If it was Bush in the same picture nobody would have said a thing.

  12. Robert

    If you all want to be outraged about something, how about all these people with handicapped parking permits that get out of their cars and walk just fine and with nothing impeding their functionality. There’s a service that’s being abused. I think all handicapped permits should come up for review and if you aren’t walking with a cane, a walker, a wheelchair or have a diagnosis of bone on bone in your knees that’s obviously impacting your ability to walk, then park in regular spaces like the rest of us.

    I think people should be able to take permit numbers off of people’s placards and turn them in if they don’t meet those conditions.

    There’s way too much abuse in that handicapped parking system. At the rate handicapped parking permits are being handed out, the first 15-20 parking spaces of every row will be designated handicapped.

    How did our previous generations get by without all these spaces reserved for them. They got along because they didn’t want to appear weak and needy.. Now people wear weakness as a badge of honor. What does that say about our society?

  13. Magnus

    Nice attempt at failed refutation there, Libtard.

    None of those other photos are of Marines doing what Obama demanded. You have a foreign military doing it, most likely at the behest of the foriegn leader where the US dignitary was the visitor, and all the rest are staffers.

    Moreover, within the Marine Corps, ‘personal servitude’ is not a lawful order.

    I am surprised Obama didn’t demand the Marines address him as ‘Bwana.’

    All part of his ‘revenge’ against all things American.

  14. Neftali

    Brian Opsahl – Yes, I’m really serious about this. The use of the Presidential umbrella takes precedence over the economy, unemployment, deficit, and current scandal of the day.

  15. dimerc

    what’s the big deal??..heard the marines can’t hold an umbrella..cuz then they can’t hold their gun..(??)..and another “rule” of the marines..is to carry-out all the presidents orders…(!!)…and yes, bush sr did it…but that’s ok..he’s white..this president, if he sneezes…they will want to impeach him!!!…wassup wid dat???…

  16. tatertotz

    @Neftali:

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/601726_304151306384721_1762386072_n.jpg

    Proof that Dubya didn’t have enough sense to come in out of the rain

  17. Katrina

    It’s because he stopped what he was doing and made them come over and hold umbrellas for him. No other president has stopped talking because he’s uncomfortable. This man has no class.

  18. Maryalice Frere

    According to Marine Corps regulation MCO P1020.34F of the Marine Corps Uniform Regulations chapter 3, a male Marine is not allowed to carry an umbrella while in uniform. There is no provision in the Marine Corps uniform regulation guidelines that allows a male Marine to carry an umbrella

    Read more: http://blogs.e-rockford.com/applesauce/2013/05/18/wingnuts-contrive-another-silly-obama-scandal-umbrella-gate/#ixzz2h60koa23

    It was barely drizzling with obama and with Bush it was raining a lot harder but it was still wrong because the Marine was in uniform while with the other presidents the marines were not in uniform

  19. Maryalice Frere

    “Robert says:
    May 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm
    If you all want to be outraged about something, how about all these people with handicapped parking permits that get out of their cars and walk just fine and with nothing impeding their functionality. There’s a service that’s being abused. I think all handicapped permits should come up for review and if you aren’t walking with a cane, a walker, a wheelchair or have a diagnosis of bone on bone in your knees that’s obviously impacting your ability to walk, then park in regular spaces like the rest of us.
    I think people should be able to take permit numbers off of people’s placards and turn them in if they don’t meet those conditions.
    There’s way too much abuse in that handicapped parking system. At the rate handicapped parking permits are being handed out, the first 15-20 parking spaces of every row will be designated handicapped.
    How did our previous generations get by without all these spaces reserved for them. They got along because they didn’t want to appear weak and needy.. Now people wear weakness as a badge of honor. What does that say about our society?”

    You have brought up a good point BUT and I STRESS BUT Just because one can walk doe’s not mean that they are not disabled I know several people that have bad hearts and can not walk much because to much stress can cause a heart attack, also some may have severe asthma and can pass out because of no oxygen stop and think just because you can’t see the disability DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE NOT DISABLED. My cousin lost his leg from a grenade and has an artificial leg but he walks with just a slight limp. Also you didn’t mention food stamps there are way to many people that shouldn’t receive them but they do.but I will save that for another time

  20. Marvin Ashe

    In all of these pics on here…there is not ONE MARINE holding an umbrella…these are ALL Secret Service who are NOT MARINES….
    Get your FACTS STRAIGHT ……PICTURES DON’T LIE…Secret Service are mandated to PROTECT the POTUS and their Families …even HOLD UMBRELLAS…it is in their own MISSION DETAILS to do this…
    Stupid Liberals….

  21. Marvin Ashe

    And the Pic of George Sr with a uniformed person holding the umbrella…that IS NOT A MARINE….that is a FOREIGN SOLDIER…NOT A US SOLDIER….SO ….you are STILL STUPID

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