May 24th, 2013
10:05 AM ET
11 months 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. Jon Carry

    Pretty obvious the hatred he has for the people who protect him. Present Øbama has no respect for the military.

    May 24, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Joi Gibson

    Marines have the sharpest looking uniforms. I swear, they make a girl swoon. And Mr. President, you are just not bad yourself :-)

    Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend everyone!! Remember what the day is for!

    May 24, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. smith

    Libs are just mad on here because their messiah is not perfect..If it was Bush the libs would be screaming how disrespectfule he was

    May 24, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. J_lebowski

    Saluting (and other shows of respect and honor) are new ideals to most al queda operatives.

    The only thing that is surprising is that Obama hasn't done this hundreds of times by now.

    May 24, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "Dominican potatoe salad"
    -----–
    Dan Quayle is in the house.

    May 24, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    With everything this POTUS is dealing with these days, I wouldn't be surprised what he might forget to do.

    But keep on stirring up the hate Fox lite, your new audience really appreciates it.

    This was not done on purpose and I see no reason for an article on the Ticker for it. Oh my bad, yes I do.....

    May 24, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Name lynn

    Obama is not in the military if he wanted to salute he could have, people please maybe te president didnt have it in is mind you people did.

    May 24, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Platanos fritos maduros
    --------------
    Sounds delicioso!

    May 24, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...Beer
    Rum
    Vodka
    Mango Juice
    Cranberry Juice
    Cokes
    Ice.......

    May 24, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. MNChuck

    Not sure why this deserves attention. He was not in the military and the habit was not ingrained in him. He has a lot on his plate and may forget these things. To his credit, he recognized his error and tried to correct it. Not newsworthy unless you are a hater.

    May 24, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Dutch/Bad Newz
    Jump on 64 (?), get to 95 and come join us babe, you'd be welcomed and well-fed!!!!

    May 24, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    May everyone have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day.
    EVERYONE.
    God Bless.

    May 24, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Leo

    Ah, a point of order folks. The President is not supposed to salute as he is a civilian, not a member of the military. Again, civilians do not salute. The founding fathers wisely placed the military under a civilian commander and chief.

    I am repulsed by the trend of hatred voiced against our President. It was improper for the left with Bush and it is improper for the right with Obama. I was raised to respect our President, Democrat or Republican – true civic values.

    May 24, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. nick stavros

    Oh, no! Scandal!!

    May 24, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    So with all of these dastardly deeds our President is committing.....which one will Issa and klan use to have him impeached??? Or will it be a combination?.?.?.?

    May 24, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. ChrisNBama

    Leo who wrote: "The President is not supposed to salute as he is a civilian, not a member of the military. Again, civilians do not salute. The founding fathers wisely placed the military under a civilian commander and chief." is absolutely correct!

    This so-called breach of protocol is a fairly new tradition started by Ronald Reagan. All presidents before Reagan did not salute the honor guard.

    May 24, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. AZ Girl

    For all of you perfect commentors out there making nasty, snarky remarks, how's that walking on water thing working for you?

    Heh "mom" if that is the menu for Monday, can I come? Steaks, platanos, and daiquiris! I make a mean mango/pina daqu!

    May 24, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...Beer
    Rum
    Vodka
    Mango Juice
    Cranberry Juice
    Cokes
    Ice.......

    Ah, yes. It works for me.

    Strawberry creme cheese cake to top it off? Or, a freshly grilled strip of beer batter walleye?

    May 24, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. US Army

    A piece of information for ALL! The President of the U.S.A is the Commander in Chief of the Military & YES he is ABSOLUTELY Supposed to render the salute! We (members of the military) Are to salute him. These are called customs and curtsies. Prior to saying "He's not supposed to salute, He's a civilian" you should do a little research. Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    A concerned Noncommissioned Officer of the U.S. Army

    May 24, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    @ Dutch/Bad Newz
    Jump on 64 (?), get to 95 and come join us babe, you'd be welcomed and well-fed!!!!
    ----------------------------------------------
    64 west. Thanks for the invite. I miss home so much. Have a safe weekend and take a shot of rum for me.

    May 24, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. AZ Girl

    And RIGHT ON! Leo!

    May 24, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. increduloud

    Wow- this is big news. If this hadn't been reported on, the confederate south may never have realized that they hate the President of the United States with a blind, slavering passion. Keep up the good work, monopolized aristocratic media

    May 24, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "which one will Issa and klan use to have him impeached??? Or will it be a combination?.?.?.?"

    Interesting you mention the idea of "combination," because I fully expect that they've ginned up their extremist, radicalized base to the point where they can't avoid at least trying to appear like they're putting impeachment on the table. None of these "scandals" appear to be even close to leading where they'd like they to lead...i.e., they're having extreme problems generating any sort of evidence that connects Obama to them as if he somehow ordered the IRS to do what it did, etc. So, adding this all up, I would not be surprised if we see them try our country's first impeachment attempt based on "well, sure, we didn't prove he did anything specifically wrong himself that constitutes a "high crime or misdemeanor" BUT he should still be impeached because it's a high crime/misdemeanor for all these scandals to have even existed in the first place." And there you have it...the ready made excuse for anyone in the future willing to manufacture as many witch hunts as possible. Clinton will no doubt face that in her second term as well haha

    May 24, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Should he or shouldn't he....salute that is. Whatever. The Pres. did realize a POTENTIAL MINOR mistake, and went back to the marine and admitted it.

    What? The Pres. admitting a mistake, like a real man? We certainly saw no such admission, whether for a minor or a major mistake, from the childishly arrogant disaster-in-chief that fiddled while American buildings, foreign policy and economy burned from 2001 – 2008.

    May 24, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Thomas

    @Jon Carry
    Pretty obvious the hatred he has for the people who protect him. Present Øbama has no respect for the military.

    ======

    Obviously you know hatred and nothing about respect .

    Do you make this up , or dose somebody tell you what to post ?

    May 24, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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