Monday, May 11, 2015

George Bush's Barney salute - The Rest of the Story

A recent picture of the President (Mr. Obama) giving a half-hearted and dismissive salute to the Marine guard at his helicopter, incited much comment in the conservative blogosphere.  Shortly afterward, this photo started going around of a similarly sloppy George W. Bush salute and some nasty message about Bush being arrogant and wouldn't even put his dog down to salute.

Turns out Bush was caught off-guard by a marine salute as he was picking up Barney after he'd been out to relieve himself. Bush actually did set Barney down a few seconds later, returned and gave a proper crisp salute to the soldiers in question.

President Obama did NOT.

Thus endeth the lesson!

And by the way, I think the picture is all kinds of cute....

1 comment:

Mark Milliorn said...

For a very long time, presidents did not salute, as it was considered a blow to the treasured principle of civilian control of the military. (Ike had to really fight a conditioned reflex.) But when Reagan became president, he wanted to return salutes and simply ignored the comments. (It's kind of hard to tell a president what to do.) Every president since has been expected to salute.