It’s easy to tell Obama is probably among the most hated presidents, ever. He’s constantly catching flack for pretty much everything he does. This summer, he was judged harshly for reaching over the glass cough guard at Chipotle to point at some pinto beans.
Most recently, Obama found himself in a mess all because of a “sloppy” salute. The president was exiting Marine One on his way to address the United Nations, and absent-mindedly saluted the marines standing outside, while holding a latte with his saluting hand. Of course, the internet lost its mind. Facebook became littered with posts about Obama’s “disrespectful latte salute.” Of all of the things going on in the world, with the airstrikes in Syria and millions of other global issues, we’re losing our minds over this?
Our Commander in Chief, one of the most powerful people in the world, has a lot of responsibilities. I couldn’t imagine the amount of stress he’s constantly under. In the video of the salute, which was posted to the White House’s Instagram, Obama is about to address the UN on the war we just entered. He’s very busy right now making executive decisions, but we’re going to be angry because he accidentally saluted with a coffee in his hand?
Obama is also being criticized because the video was uploaded on the White House’s Instagram. Do you really think Obama updates the Instagram on his own? He has a PR person for that. This was a poor PR move on their part. They had to have known criticisms were going to come out of it, but it wasn’t Obama’s move. And let’s not forget when Obama completely forgot to salute a marine and went back to correct himself.
We also need to remember that the presidential salute isn’t actually part of the protocol. In an article by a US Marine, he explains that the presidential salute was actually not a thing until Ronald Reagan took office. Now it’s more or less just something presidents, since then, do to keep themselves from getting criticism from the press. I do think it’s a very nice gesture to marines, but I think there are much more important things to be worried about.
Overall, I think we all need to focus on more important things. There’s too much going on in the world for us to be upset about petty things such as this.