May 24th, 2013
10:05 AM ET
7 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. apetra

    The media dutifully sliced out the footage of the President's error.

    Wait ...

    So perhaps something *has* changed.

    May 24, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "64 west. Thanks for the invite. I miss home so much. Have a safe weekend and take a shot of rum for me."

    Hey, Dutch ... a shot of brandy in your honor this memorial day from me and mine!

    May 24, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "President Obama forgets to salute"

    Excuse me while I forget to care.

    May 24, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. dlb19595

    He came back out of the helicopter when he remember he had forgotten shook the Marine's hand and again neglected to salute him.....I realize a President has a lot on their mind BUT protocol is one of them and should be second nature by now being it's his second term........Just pointing out the fact's however minor they may be because I know he would do the same.

    May 24, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Wake up People!

    As usual Sniffit, you nailed it!!

    May 24, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    @Patrick – What a disgrace to this country!
    Yes, the "media" in this country is getting to be a bigger disgrace every day. There are to blame for division, not the President. This article is so petty it is absolutely ridiculous!

    May 24, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    @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
    Actually it seems the Repubs are mad because he isn't perfect. We "Libs" never expected perfection as it doesn't exist!

    May 24, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    the pilot told him

    May 24, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Wake up People!

    Next up.....
    Obama flushed twice this morning.......

    Issa: Impeachment isn't ruled out. It isn't what we really want, but he did waste water........

    May 24, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Greg in Arkansas

    NEWS FLASH.....Issa to appoint a committee on Monday, hold hearings on Tuesday, call for an independent prosecuter on Wednesday and an impeachment vote on Thursday......CNN, give us a break.....if all the decent reporters are off for a 4 day weekend, skip stories like this....

    May 24, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. tim

    It is a big deal; The thing that gets me is that he walks back down and still doesn't salute.

    May 24, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Wake up People!

    Are you kidding Greg?????

    Foxlite lives for this ish......

    May 24, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Bootz Mercer

    I found the story rather appealing.Certainly not to the President's discredit.O is the Commander in Chief but he has never been in the military and I'm hardly surprised he forgot to salute when entering the 'copter.(It's essentially the same protocol as going aboard a ship).To his credit, he came back and apologized-and then forgot to salute again adding a bit of humor to the story and humanity to O.Bet I can tell you just about what O said""Sorry about the salute,Corporal.Where you from,Son? From my experience as an enlisted man,on those rare occasions when high ranking officers or other dignitaries speak to you they always ask you where you're from,even if they don't ask your name,Maybe that's because you already have a name–Pvt or Cpl or whatever.

    May 24, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. tim

    Some if some one disrepects Obama ; I guess no big deal as well.

    May 24, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. tim

    I wish Obama spent as much time trying to create jobs and get the economy going as he spent trying to strip our constitution and extinguish our civil rights.

    May 24, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Wake up People!

    Save us the faux outrage Tim. President Obama is disrespected everyday by countless people. It's actually encouraged by the Fox massas. You just did it yourself by not referring to him as President Obama. But that was your goal anyways huh slugger??

    May 24, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. taraneh

    He sure remembered to bow to the Arab king. Let's give him that.

    May 24, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. Wake up People!

    It would be nice if Congress spent 1/4 of the time that they spend on trying to stop abortion and repealing the ACA, on jobs, they would actually be doing some work.

    May 24, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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