May 24th, 2013
10:05 AM ET
2 years ago

President Obama forgets to salute

Washington (CNN) - President Obama seemingly preoccupied forgot one piece of protocol as he boarded Marine One on his way to Annapolis Friday.

Obama walked past the Marine at the bottom of the helicopter's stairs and didn't give the traditional salute.

Realizing his mistake upon entering Marine One the president pivoted in the doorway, jogged back down, shook hands and spoke briefly with the Marine, before boarding the helicopter for a second time.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    It may be traditional to see the C.I.C. salute when boarding or departing Marine One or Air Force One, but if you know anything about the military, you will know that it's not mandatory that he salutes. That goes for any officer of a higher rank. Just FYI.

    May 24, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. GulpOff

    Big nitpicking news!

    May 24, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. plain&simple

    Gee he must not be an American!!! Maybe Rand Paul will tell us his opinion!

    May 24, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Doc1

    As a service academy grad with 17 years on active duty, I know fully well what a military person would think at that moment. This is not news. Get on with something pertinent CNN! Shame on you.

    May 24, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Data Driven

    This site is getting worse than Drudge.

    Look, Ticker, we got Fox for stories like this. For that matter, we got MSNBC on the left flank. Can you guys just cover NOTEWORTHY political stories from a relatively nonpartisan stance? It's why many of us come here.

    Not for much longer though, if you keep this up.

    May 24, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. sonny chapman

    Obama is truly the Jackie Robinson of National Politics. He can't be just good, he's gotta be perfect.

    May 24, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Sniffit

    There is not enough yawn in the universe to express how irrelevant this is

    May 24, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. MrBeenThere

    Breaking News................ Just in "Palin" says anti-American President Obama insults America Fails to Salute his country.
    Whew........... thank god now the the daily news cycle is complete, we can all rest.............

    May 24, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. citizen

    This isn't news.

    May 24, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. emptyk

    Why, do we ask, is CNN suffering?

    May 24, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Kingsley egboro

    He realized his mistake and made the necessary correction,that is a creed.

    May 24, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. ST

    CNN get rid of this useless man called Dan Rothian. He is totally useless. You sent him there to report news. Now he is reporting what picks he made. Is that what means to get someone to report news??? We do not like these kind of reporters. They seem they are not aware what it means by reporting news. I am quite disappointed., and I am not eager to see this useless man reporting again. It is absurd.

    May 24, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Tony

    Now Republicans will claim that Obama wants to cover up the incident, because he does not want the public to know that he is the kind of president who does not like to salute the troops.

    May 24, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. lottie

    don't ell the republicans they will want to impeach him.

    May 24, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Perhaps I've missed the newsworthiness of this article?

    May 24, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. itsy_bitsy

    Now who's surprised! I think we are all aware that saluting a Marine is not a natural act for Obama. He does it as "part of the show" to appear presidential! Not unlike most progressives who go through (to them) the meaningless routines of the offices they hold!

    May 24, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    He has NO military training whatsoever. That is to be expected of a Commander in Chief, who never actually served.

    May 24, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Moderate Sean

    This babble is truly considered news worthy, and something we expect from the "Esteemed Fourth Estate"?? I think not on both counts! This might explain why news periodicals and the like are loosing the interests of their readership on a regular basis.

    May 24, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Anonymous

    This is really scraping the bottom of the barrel – he realized his mistake and did something about it. What gives with all this pettiness??

    May 24, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. JFW

    For crying out loud, the Marine is only there to protect the president and the White House. Why must Obama take precious seconds to salute him. Other presidents wasted unimaginable time doing this silly gesture. Kudos to Obama for putting a stop to it.

    May 24, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "the "Esteemed Fourth Estate""

    Hehe...the so-called Fourth Estate is a decadent and blighted area.

    May 24, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "For crying out loud, the Marine is only there to protect the president and the White House. Why must Obama take precious seconds to salute him. Other presidents wasted unimaginable time doing this silly gesture. Kudos to Obama for putting a stop to it."

    Aaaw, did someone forget the burp you after your breakfast, little one?

    May 24, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....
    Get real CNN.....

    May 24, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Patrick

    What a disgrace to this country!

    May 24, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Salmon filets
    Steaks
    Hamburgers/Hot dogs
    Moro de guandules
    Platanos fritos maduros
    Dominican potatoe salad
    Green salad
    Corn on the cob......

    May 24, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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