Obama to Marines: Hey, come here and hold an umbrella over me and Erdogan, will you?

posted at 5:21 pm on May 16, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Greg Hengler, I’m sure this has been done before by other presidents, simply because the optics are sufficiently bad that Team O wouldn’t have tried it without precedent to cite in its defense. Free advice to future administrations, then: Discontinue this practice. These guys aren’t valets. The slogan is not “The Few, the Proud, the Umbrella Stands.” The good news is, we live in a golden age of technological progress where all manner of standalone head coverings are available in case the skies look cloudy for the next Rose Garden press conference. Imagine a small, thin, clear plastic tarp raised a few feet above the podiums, out of the camera’s line of sight, shielding The One and America’s Hamas-supporting Islamist cretin “ally” from nature’s wrath. Magical.

As for the substance of the presser: He makes no apologies for vigorously investigating national-security leaks, even if that involves a de facto dragnet of 20 reporters’ phone records; and he has complete confidence in Eric Holder. Basically what you’d expect.


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I have to post this again?!?

“I’m lyin’ in the rain, just lyin’ in the rain…”

Ward Cleaver on May 16, 2013 at 5:17 PM

The man is a menace.

SailorMark on May 16, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Disgusting… But as a US Navy Sailor, this gave me a chuckle just before a vomit…

NavyDavy on May 16, 2013 at 5:18 PM

I didn’t hold that umbrella. Somebody else made that happen.

steebo77 on May 16, 2013 at 5:18 PM

That man disgusts me.

davidk on May 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM

More Marines then those that were allowed to assist in Benghazi…

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I despise this POS SOB.

BeachBum on May 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Actually had some libtard on FB try to justify this by making an analogy of this with Marines doing the same thing for family member at military funerals.

SMFH….

catmman on May 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Obama, when it rains, it pours!!

poxoma on May 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

He shoulda just put on a plastic shower cap…

ted c on May 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Such a small person.

CurtZHP on May 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Stand down and Umbrella up, fellas…..

/commands

ted c on May 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM

He is so cool when he answers questions that were not even asked…

d1carter on May 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM

A lesser made would be disgusted with having to hold that umbrella.

That’s why lesser men weren’t made to do it.

Semper fi dudes.

cozmo on May 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM

It’s only what a king expects from his minions.

tru2tx on May 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM

This is my umbrella. There are many like it, but this one is mine. I am not authorized to keep myself dry with it while in uniform, so I use it to keep piles of rotting garbage from getting wet and smelly during bad weather.

NavyDavy on May 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM

This rain is going to break the crease in my trousers…

d1carter on May 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

More Marines then those that were allowed to assist in Benghazi…

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM

comment of the Thread.

davidk on May 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

I gotta wonder what Holder has on Obama that he’s able to keep his job. The current AG is clearly an incompetent fool who is in way over his head. There’s just no rational reason for keeping him around.

WarEagle01 on May 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

The Help

Capitalist Hog on May 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Erdogen: Obama’s friend, America’s enemy.

VorDaj on May 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

The Marine is hoping for a lightning strike, figuring he’s tough enough to withstand it; the guy next to him, not so muc

michaelo on May 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Obama treats US Marines like a couple of Lawn Jockeys on his front lawn.

portlandon on May 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

This would have been much better:

http://gadget.brando.com/handsfree-head-umbrella_p01727c038d001.html

tommer74 on May 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Three months of boot camp and all I got was this lousy umbrella…

NavyDavy on May 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

It’s a shame lightning won’t strike twice in the same spot.

txhsmom on May 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

I’m surprised Panetta let them do this considering the chance of lightening is so unpredictable.

ModerateMan on May 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

The Marine is hoping for a lightning strike, figuring he’s tough enough to withstand it; the guy next to him, not so muc

michaelo on May 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

the main problem with lightning is that it ain’t distributed right.

VorDaj on May 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Meh. Not the worst thing a Marine has done for this administration. The kid holding the umbrella will prolly brag to his kids about it.

People who voted for O will be unmoved by this. Those who voted against O and are moved by it aren’t changing their minds. Net effect: zero. This is a distraction….

apostic on May 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

“They’ll look good standing next to us.”

WTF????

PackerBronco on May 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Chris Matthews will tell us that outrage over this photograph springs only from the fact that the Marine is white and Obama is black-ish.

steebo77 on May 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

From great photo ops to great umbrella stands, them Marines and they corpsemens and corpsewomens are A-OK.

ted c on May 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

it’s come to this…attacking Obama for the most trivial of matters, just to score points

*sigh*

also, the marines should’ve been more proactive in covering the two world leaders with umbrellas, shouldn’t have required prompting from the President.

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

No one has asked the administration what the CIA was doing in Benghazi. Rumor has it they were buying weapons and sending them to Syria via Turkish vessels. August of last year CNN ran a couple stories indicating the Prez was considering armed support (something the Turks wanted).

Now we see rebel factions murdering soldiers / eating hearts and in some cases being devoutly pro Islamist. What are the chances that the real Benghazi scandal is much larger and has yet to be told. what’s the liklihood the big scandal involves arming Syrian rebel groups who have turned out to be non-Jeffersonian Democrats. The support has backfired. Would help explain the lie, the heavy CIA presence and other issues.

If true….could be an even bigger scandal ….

R Square on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

These guys aren’t valets.

That’s true. The Joint Chiefs of Staff are Obama’s valets.

VorDaj on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Try to square that image of a fine marine holding the umbrella for Obama as he gets all righteous about insisting that congress work with him to find the appropriate funds for embassy security and quick response teams so that in his words, “we don’t leave anyone out there, high and dry”.

cretin

can_con on May 16, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Is it safe to say that this guy loathes the military too?

rightside on May 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM

No one can run down to Big 5 Sporting Goods and buy this administration an EZ-UP?

Oh, right, sequestration….

exliberal on May 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM

it’s come to this…attacking Obama for the most trivial of matters, just to score points

*sigh*

I don’t think most people are attacking Obama – just picking up on the apt metaphor the picture provides given the scandals dominating the headlines.

also, the marines should’ve been more proactive in covering the two world leaders with umbrellas, shouldn’t have required prompting from the President.

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

You’re right. Shame on those useless, do-nothing Marines.

Idiot.

steebo77 on May 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Heh…. the marines didn’t offer. The Putz had to ask.

Maybe there was a subtle message there for Pres. POS…. not that he would get it.

Cody1991 on May 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM

The b&stard seems to think that our troops are mere glorified butlers!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

A lesser made would be disgusted with having to hold that umbrella.

That’s why lesser men weren’t made to do it.

Semper fi dudes.

cozmo on May 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM

*way-uptwinkles*

“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Axe on May 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Even with his one ‘umbrella holder’ in the Rose Garden, Obama had more Marines protecting him than his administration assigned to protect Ambassador J Christopher Stevens.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Three months of boot camp and all I got was this lousy umbrella…

NavyDavy on May 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Heh.

exliberal on May 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

GFY you little cur, you aren’t worthy to shine those Marines shoes. Go lick your hero’s azz.

BeachBum on May 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

If it’s raining, why not do it inside?

joekenha on May 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

It’s a shame lightning won’t strike twice in the same spot.

txhsmom on May 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

It did.

We got Obama, didn’t we?

catmman on May 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

shielding The One and America’s Hamas-supporting Islamist cretin “ally” from nature’s wrath


To be fair …

… the Hamas-supporting Islamist cretin “ally” looked uncomfortable with the idea the first time the SCOAMF suggested it (“because I have another suit I can change into but I don’t know if you do” – which is a really tacky comment in its own right) …

… and he looked more uncomfortable when the SCOAMF decided the rain was too much and called the Marines over (“I told those Marines to deploy their umbrellas!”) …

… which underscores your point, AP – How many parents/kids have endured rain/sleet/etc for football/soccer/lax pratices & games in much worse circumstances?

Wicked Witch Optics ;->

PolAgnostic on May 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Btw:Erdogan is a Jew-hating, tin-pot tyrant.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Sick and sad, but 100% accurate. What has happened to our country?

notropis on May 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

This is my umbrella. There are many like it, but this one is mine. I am not authorized to keep myself dry with it while in uniform, so I use it to keep piles of rotting garbage from getting wet and smelly during bad weather.

NavyDavy on May 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Comment of the Day™.

BTW, I see hyperpartisan has outed itself as an upper-crust effete who looks down on everybody.

Steve Eggleston on May 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

also, the marines should’ve been more proactive in covering the two world leaders with umbrellas, shouldn’t have required prompting from the President.

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Obvious troll is obvious.

*Sigh

change is for suckers on May 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Jeez…he literally doesn’t have enough sense to come in out of the rain. My dog is smarter.

Sefton on May 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM

What? No stand down order…

d1carter on May 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Even CNN is saying Marines holding umbrellas is “extremely rare”

Zaggs on May 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Demean

I ever thought he would goof up on optics like this. But he had to keep the other guy dry. That will be the excuse and it doesn’t make me sick. He is the POTUS.

Remember Idi Amin? Had Britons carry him around in a sedan chair before he had them killed and cut up and fed to animals or people.

The world thinks they just carried him for a “revenge” photo thanks to the lefty international media. The fate of them was left open in the news. Some family think they just went inexplicably missing.

People who knew white African mercenaries gave me the gruesome version, which may not be true since they were recruiting to get US guys to go kill people like our present leader’s relations over in Africa. Things are still rough there.

De can mean “the” in Chicago.

IlikedAUH2O on May 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Just to put into perspective the respect earned by the USMC.

tgharris on May 16, 2013 at 5:35 PM

More Marines then those that were allowed to assist in Benghazi…

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Even with his one ‘umbrella holder’ in the Rose Garden, Obama had more Marines protecting him than his administration assigned to protect Ambassador J Christopher Stevens.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Thread skimmer. :)

Axe on May 16, 2013 at 5:35 PM

What? No stand down order…

d1carter on May 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM

wicked cheddar d1carter.

can_con on May 16, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I gotta wonder what Holder has on Obama that he’s able to keep his job. The current AG is clearly an incompetent fool who is in way over his head. There’s just no rational reason for keeping him around.

WarEagle01 on May 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Holder was an angry black radical at Columbia just like Barry. They share common bonds and have a similar worldview.

They’re soul mates, actually — so much so, I’m shocked it was Reggie, and not Eric, that took a long walk on the beach with Barry.

Punchenko on May 16, 2013 at 5:36 PM

it’s come to this…attacking Obama for the most trivial of matters, just to score points

*sigh*

also, the marines should’ve been more proactive in covering the two world leaders with umbrellas, shouldn’t have required prompting from the President.

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

An efficient WH would have set the presser up in the East Room.

INC on May 16, 2013 at 5:36 PM

How dare he use a korpsman to hold an umbrella.

rjoco1 on May 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

After all, Bush was never criticized for anything trivial…*rolls eyes*

“Here comes the Orator, with his flood of words and drop of reason.” – Ben Franklin <- he was a founding father, in case they don't teach that at Harvard anymore.

kirkill on May 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM

I thought it was against some Muslim rule or custom for Muslim men to use an umbrella…

albill on May 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM

“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Axe on May 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

▲ ▲ ▲ ▲ ▲

Bump

INC on May 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM

I think it’s funny that nobrain thinks the marines should have been more proactive, when at the same time the little idiot was not proactive enough to figure out he was going to have to pay back those student loans.

BeachBum on May 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM

the marines should’ve been more proactive in covering the two world leaders with umbrellas, shouldn’t have required prompting from the President.

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Those marines were probably operating under the (incorrect) assumption that their CIC isn’t a pansy.

Kataklysmic on May 16, 2013 at 5:40 PM

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Obama had just given the “stand-down” order…

Besides, they’re just Jarheads. Your hero, John Kerry, already assured us that they were too stupid to think for themselves.

notropis on May 16, 2013 at 5:40 PM

New idea, Bambi

blammm on May 16, 2013 at 5:40 PM

“They’ll look good standing next to us.”

The Marines were the only class act on that stage…

Kuffar on May 16, 2013 at 5:41 PM

i don’t like the new bigger font this site is using…

anyway. why couldn’t he have just said “can someone please bring me an umbrella?” why does someone else have to hold it? or if not that, at least, he could have said “can you please stand next to me and hold the umbrella over both of us? thank you” that would have sounded more polite.

he is just so arrogant. he beleives he is so amazing and powerful. ugh

Sachiko on May 16, 2013 at 5:41 PM

it’s come to this…attacking Obama for the most trivial of matters, just to score points

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Points were scored. :-)

also, the marines should’ve been more proactive in covering the two world leaders with umbrellas, shouldn’t have required prompting from the President.

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Sure…two Marines with umbrellas always come charging at two Presidents without being asked…sheesh…

albill on May 16, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Was it raining so hard he needed an umbrella?

ThePrez on May 16, 2013 at 5:44 PM

How dare he use a korpsman to hold an umbrella.

rjoco1 on May 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Korpsman are Navy people. BTW, I had thought about spelling it “corpse-man”. I like your way better.

tgharris on May 16, 2013 at 5:44 PM

oh and i love “they’ll look good standing next to us” as if they don’t already look good. okay.

Sachiko on May 16, 2013 at 5:45 PM

in case they don’t teach that at Harvard anymore

kirkill on May 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM

rotf

Axe on May 16, 2013 at 5:45 PM

“Character on display – of two sorts.”

peski on May 16, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Complete contempt for the military, treating them like they are his servants. I’ve read the Clintons were the same.

BeachBum on May 16, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Shouldn’t he request them to cover the teleprompter?

This man is a detestable creature.

LaughterJones on May 16, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I guess holding the presser indoors was above his pay grade.

irongrampa on May 16, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Marine Corp regs say they may only use an umbrella while escorting a lady…that about says it all.

-facebook commenter

cptacek on May 16, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Those marines were probably operating under the (incorrect) assumption that their CIC isn’t a pansy.

Kataklysmic on May 16, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Or more likely: the pretense. They probably know all too well.

Fenris on May 16, 2013 at 5:49 PM

This, from the smartest President to ever hold the office:

“I can assure you, uhhh, that I certainly did not know anything.”

So, I guess Sgt. Schultz was the smartest guard ever at Stalag 13?

“I know nuh-ting!”

BigAlSouth on May 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Btw:Erdogan is a Jew-hating, tin-pot tyrant, TOO.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Fixed that for you.

jdpaz on May 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

This photo is a perfect illustration of what Zero thinks of the military. Disgust doesn’t quite get there for me.

dogsoldier on May 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

You know, they sell those tailgate canopies at Walmart for about 30 bucks. Work good in the rain, as long as the posts are spiked down in case of high winds, and I’ll bet for a few bucks more, the manufacturers will probably do a special one with the presidential seal on it.

jon1979 on May 16, 2013 at 5:52 PM

jdpaz on May 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Lol. Nicely done.

Kataklysmic on May 16, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Had to have a Marine do it because the last time the moron had an umbrella in his hand he tried to go through an arched gateway with it.

ButterflyDragon on May 16, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Those marines were probably operating under the (incorrect) assumption that their CIC isn’t a pansy.

Kataklysmic on May 16, 2013 at 5:40 PM

They are not thinking about that, for one second.

dogsoldier on May 16, 2013 at 5:53 PM

This would have been much better:

http://gadget.brando.com/handsfree-head-umbrella_p01727c038d001.html

tommer74 on May 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

The rainbow colors adds a nice touch to it.

VegasRick on May 16, 2013 at 5:53 PM

There it is…

Mason on May 16, 2013 at 5:53 PM

also, the marines should’ve been more proactive in covering the two world leaders with umbrellas, shouldn’t have required prompting from the President.

nonpartisan on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I think sending out the White House butler(s) or an intern or two would have been more appropriate.

Punchenko on May 16, 2013 at 5:54 PM

it’s come to this…attacking Obama for the most trivial of matters, just to score points

*sigh*

O’bama Cheerleading Squad on May 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Wipe chin off. Readjust kneepads. Repeat.

A photograph of the two marines holding the umbrellas eventually surfaced on the Internet. But according to Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Greg Wolf, the image of a marine holding an umbrella is ” extremely rare.” Typically because it could interfere with a salute, Marines are not allowed to carry umbrellas when in uniform, Wolf told CNN News.

While some viewed the event as small, or a simple act of service, however, others accused the president of “humiliating” and “belittling” the Marines on a CNN blog.

F-

(snickers)

Del Dolemonte on May 16, 2013 at 5:54 PM

He shoulda just put on a plastic shower cap…

ted c on May 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

A beanie with a ginourmous propeller.

katy the mean old lady on May 16, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Who in the F&&& was applauding???

What is this – a comedy routine at the circus??

I think if I were counseling students on careers and one came to me asking about journalism, I’d suggest a career of “sex trade worker”. At least it’s honest work.

kim roy on May 16, 2013 at 5:55 PM

“They’ll look good standing next to us.”

WTF????

PackerBronco on May 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

What a jackass. Didn’t even say thank you, I notice.

NPD on parade

Eviva on May 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM

I’m sure this has been done before by other presidents, simply because the optics are sufficiently bad that Team O wouldn’t have tried it without precedent to cite in its defense.

allahpundit, you give the current POTUS way, way too much credit. Here’s an idea- why don’t you search the internet for images of previous presidents with Marines holding an umbrella over them? You are, after all, a tech-savvy blogger…

I’m just a lowly commenter who isn’t technically advanced, but I’d be willing to wager you will find none or very few such examples…

cs89 on May 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM

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