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A Whole Latte Disrespect?

Is this a valid controversy…or do we all have nothing better to write about? Eh, no shame here.

It’s being called “The Latte Salute,” and it’s burning up the blogosphere. President Obama stepped off of Air Force One on Tuesday in New York, and as he deplaned, he greeted two U.S. Marines…with his coffee cup.

From Instagram to Twitter, Fox News and beyond, the unpresidential salute was roundly ripped apart by critics and defended by Barack’s few supporters.

Technically, it’s not required for a civilian president to salute back to U.S. service members, though it is part of the military’s protocol to salute him. Still, it’s not great form, and it could also be argued that the mere fact that he is the Commander-in-Chief makes him kinda sorta almost military as well. That’s probably why Ronald Reagan set a precedent way back in 1981 that you always fully salute. Barry’s never been one for tradition, however. After all, we’re talking about a prezzo who sent a bust of Winston Churchill back to the Brits.

Is it all nitpicking? Or are we seeing The Man in a candid moment showing how truly disrespectful he is? “Hey, thanks for agreeing to take a bullet for me. Here’s a little jiggle for ya.” You do have to admit it’s a little jarring that this occurred only hours after launching the biggest military operation of his presidency. And no one in his inner circle seemed to care either..since this was posted to the White House’s own Instagram account. Whoops.

Then again, this isn’t exactly unprecedented…which is why the Twitterverse should probably calm down a tad:

BushDog

Well, however you come down on LatteGate, I think we’re all missing the point here. There’s much more important news that we should be all investigating, such as…

What was IN the coffee cup? I always thought Obama drank tea. Does this signify a policy change? Is that a biodegradable cup? Did he toss it on the street afterwards like the rest of the climate crazies up in New York? Discuss.


Matt Fox

Senior Editor

Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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