Sometimes, it’s the little things that define presidencies. If you’re Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy or Richard Nixon, for better or worse, that’s not necessarily the case. However, for Barack Obama, one of the moments that crystallized why he frustrated so many Americans came not from anything he did, but rather what he forced a Marine to do for him back in 2013.
Back then, Obama was holding a joint press conference in the White House Rose Garden with Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan when it started to rain.
Instead of holding an umbrella for himself, he decided to have a U.S. Marine hold it for him — something that, as the U.K. Telegraph points out, isn’t necessarily allowed by the Marine Corps‘ regulations.
The “umbrella moment” became a telling faux pas for many Obama doubters, one that cemented their opinion of a man addicted to the trappings of power and utterly lacking in respect for the Armed Forces.
President Trump had his “umbrella moment” on Wednesday as he left the White House to board Marine One. You may notice a bit of a difference in how the two men handled it.
Yes, even though there were certainly no shortage of military men around to hold the president’s umbrella, he decided that, like almost any grown man across this wonderful country, he was perfectly capable of holding his own umbrella.
Trump’s umbrella moment occurred, according to PJ Media, as he talked with reporters about issues like DACA repeal and the continuing resolution to raise the debt ceiling.
In other words, he proved he was able to speak at length with an umbrella in his hand. What a surprise.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the contrast with Obama in how President Trump treats those around him — members of the military in particular. It’s a far cry from what we saw for eight years — no latte salute, no Marines with umbrellas, none of that.
What a difference an election makes.
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