Marines holding umbrellas 'extremely rare'
May 16th, 2013
01:26 PM ET
11 months ago

Marines holding umbrellas 'extremely rare'

(CNN) – It's not a sight you'll see very often: two Marines holding umbrellas above President Barack Obama and Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

After sprinkles turned into a steady shower of rain midway through his Rose Garden press conference, Obama called over two Marines to hold the umbrellas aloft.

Regulations prohibit Marines from using umbrellas while in uniform. One reason: it makes it hard to salute.

According to Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Greg Wolf, the sight of uniformed Marines holding umbrellas is "extremely rare" and only happened because the president needed it.

And, of course, Obama is the commander-in-chief. If he orders Marines to hold umbrellas, they hold them, even if they can't properly salute.

CNN Pentagon Producer Larry Shaughnessy contributed to this report.


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    it was nice to have those marines so handy to help them from getting rained on. too bad our people in benghazi didn't have a few marines with them to help save there lives. why is that mr. commander-in-chief?

    May 16, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The real story here is the visit by Turkey's Prime Minister. For the benefit of those with poor geography skills, that would be the country on the northern border of Syria.

    Speaking of geography skills, a recent poll showed that nearly 40% of those responding as "registered Republicans" claimed to have had heard quite a bit about the Benghazi scandal, but did not know what country it was in.

    May 16, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. proudmemberofglobalzero

    Is this really news? Wanted to hear the Prime Minister of Turkey and following questions but, our 4th Estate is a mess!

    May 16, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    it was nice to have those marines so handy to help them from getting rained on. too bad our people in benghazi didn't have a few marines with them to help save there lives. why is that mr. commander-in-chief?
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    Because your people were too cheap to appropriate the money: ask Mr Chaffetz.

    May 16, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. emskaddittle

    just sayin, you do understand that benghazi wasn' an embassy (where the marines would be)

    May 16, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Independent

    emskaddittle

    just sayin, you do understand that benghazi wasn' an embassy (where the marines would be)
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    LOL, actually if you would actually read stories and not got directly to the comments you would know that many articles in the past few days have pointed out the it was NOT an embassy!!!

    May 16, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. just sayin

    The Real Tom Paine
    -just sayin
    it was nice to have those marines so handy to help them from getting rained on. too bad our people in benghazi didn't have a few marines with them to help save there lives. why is that mr. commander-in-chief?
    ********************
    Because your people were too cheap to appropriate the money: ask Mr Chaffetz.
    ======

    nice try and a total lie easily proven such. now here are the facts from the person in charge of their security....

    In testimony Wednesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Charlene Lamb, a deputy assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, was asked, “Was there any budget consideration and lack of budget which led you not to increase the number of people in the security force there?”

    Lamb responded, “No, sir.”

    Recall that Lamb is the person who denied requests from the top diplomatic security officer in Libya to retain a 16-man team of military personnel who had been protecting diplomats.

    May 16, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Granny T

    Marines are VERY good at anything they do no matter how big (or in this case small) the task. Their main duty is protection. But, it is very noticeable that part of their dress blues uniform is missing. Did anyone else see them pass their arms off to someone else? Or, does O like having a chance to belittle our military in any way possible? Are the rumors true that O doesn't trust our Marines with arms for these types of events?

    May 16, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. just sayin

    emskaddittle
    just sayin, you do understand that benghazi wasn' an embassy (where the marines would be)
    --

    you do understand that wherever our ambassador is located is where the protection needs to be. he was in a known aq hotbed that had already seen many attacks and had seen many pull out of the area. yet he had virtually no protection whatsoever. and worse, there was nobody even close enough to come to his aid. he was essentially sent on a suicide mission.

    May 16, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    emskaddittle
    just sayin, you do understand that benghazi wasn' an embassy (where the marines would be)

    you do understand that wherever our ambassador is located is where the protection needs to be. he was in a known aq hotbed that had already seen many attacks and had seen many pull out of the area. yet he had virtually no protection whatsoever. and worse, there was nobody even close enough to come to his aid. he was essentially sent on a suicide mission.
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    And, since the funds were not appropriated by Congress and had been cut repeatedly since the GOP took control, there was no way the security could be increased. Stephens went on that mission himself because he felt it was important to go: I guess duty and honor mean nothing to you, but a death that benefits your politics does.

    May 16, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. just askin

    why couldn't one of the guys political aides hold the umbrellas? or somebody from the secret service? our men and women in the military should never be degraded like this and used like a cheap butler would be used. pathetic.

    May 16, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. 82ndABNVET

    Both of these Marines have to be thinking this is the lowest point of their careers.

    May 16, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. RIchard Long

    Question 1: if the this visit is so critical, why is it listed under the headline, "Marines using umbrellas?"

    Question 2: how much money (that the country doesn't have nor can afford) will be given to Turkey after the trip?

    May 16, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    RIchard Long

    Question 1: if the this visit is so critical, why is it listed under the headline, "Marines using umbrellas?"

    Question 2: how much money (that the country doesn't have nor can afford) will be given to Turkey after the trip?
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    Question 3: Which is greater, annual foreign aid to Turkey, or the annual corporate welfare to big oil?

    May 16, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Mandy

    Marines trained to show nothing but respect and honor to our nations fallen heros and respected diplomats used to hold umbrellas. Disgusting.

    May 16, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. much thunder..little rain

    give it a rest ..they are doing there jobs..some of you folks cant be for real..ugh

    May 16, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Tom

    Let's have an investigation! Surely Hillary Clinton is somehow behind this.

    May 16, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    "Speaking of geography skills, a recent poll showed that nearly 40% of those responding as "registered Republicans" claimed to have had heard quite a bit about the Benghazi scandal, but did not know what country it was in."
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    The same poll showed that 75% of democrats polled thought that Benghazi was Benjamin Gozzi's proper name.

    May 16, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Colorado

    Holy Cow, now the President cannot even stand in the rain without being responsible for the end of the world as we know it!?! Folks get over yourselves. Why is it ok to cover the Prime Minister of Turkey but not our President? I swear if we promised all the tea partiers a million dollars on the one condition that they couldn't complain about our president for 24hours, we wouldn't have to pay out a penny!!!

    May 16, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. just askin

    Rudy NYC
    Question 2: how much money (that the country doesn't have nor can afford) will be given to Turkey after the trip?
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    Question 3: Which is greater, annual foreign aid to Turkey, or the annual corporate welfare to big oil?
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    question 4: which is greater, annual aid to turkey or the many billions of taxpayer dollars lost to green energy companies that went bankrupt? (but had obama campaign contributors making out quite well)

    May 16, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    What, no reports on Louie Gohmert accusing Holder during questioning of "casting aspersions on my asparagus"?

    Oh yes, that is what he claimed. Just watch the video.

    May 16, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. Chandra Gupta

    The Real Tom Paine

    And, since the funds were not appropriated by Congress and had been cut repeatedly since the GOP took control, there was no way the security could be increased. Stephens went on that mission himself because he felt it was important to go: I guess duty and honor mean nothing to you, but a death that benefits your politics does.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    As pointed out above and in Congressional testimony, your allegations are as false as Obama's claim to administrative transparency. At least try to have a little more integrity than a Washingtonian.

    May 16, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Chandra Gupta

    much thunder..little rain

    give it a rest ..they are doing there jobs..some of you folks cant be for real..ugh
    __________________________________________________________________

    They are not doing their jobs. This is the equivalent of using a Secret Service agent to clean up Bo the dog's droppings.

    May 16, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. freedom

    Once again, the president being inappropriate in his office of power. At least this one isn't criminal behavior – but it is pathetic.

    May 16, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "The same poll showed that 75% of democrats polled thought that Benghazi was Benjamin Gozzi's proper name."

    Umm no, it didn't. Cute tho.

    May 16, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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