‘They’re gonna look good next to us’: Obama recruits Marines to hold umbrellas

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

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But that wasn’t about to stop President Prop-aganda from turning them into a photo op.

At this afternoon’s joint presser with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, President Obama found himself getting annoyed by the rain. The solution? Send in the Marines — to hold his umbrella. Now, granted, he has a history of umbrella issues:

Why does a marine hold Obama’s umbrella? instagram.com/p/ZYV7OHxixK/ This is why: latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c6…

— AmishDude (@TheAmishDude) May 16, 2013

But let’s face it: ultimately, he’s far too busy and important to hold his own.

Marines now standing in the rain, at attention, holding umbrellas over Obama and Erdogan’s heads.

— Sunny (@sunnyright) May 16, 2013

RT @mviser: Obama asks Marines to come and hold umbrellas for him and Turkish PM. “You guys, I’m sorry about,” he says to press

— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) May 16, 2013

Umbrellas! POTUS to press: “You guys I’m sorry” twitter.com/StevenTDennis/…

— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) May 16, 2013

“Why don’t we get a couple of Marines [to hold umbrellas]… they’re gonna look good next to us.” – Pres. Obama ~ twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/s…

— Adam Baldwin (@adamsbaldwin) May 16, 2013

Marines holding umbrellas instagram.com/p/ZYV7OHxixK/

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) May 16, 2013

POTUS deploys Marines for rain in Rose Garden with Turkish PM Erdogan. twitter.com/MajorCBS/statu…

— Major Garrett(@MajorCBS) May 16, 2013

Let’s go to the videotape (via The Weekly Standard):

Way to go, POTUS.

Not sequestered. RT @jeffreygoldberg: Not such a great use of Marines.

— Rick Klein (@rickklein) May 16, 2013

Oh, this is a good visual for him.

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) May 16, 2013

Oh, the optics.

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 16, 2013

Obama vehemently denies abusing government power, while telling a US Marine to hold his umbrella. #CantMakeThisShitUp

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 16, 2013

OK, Obama standing under an umbrella held by a military aide opens the metaphor floodgates for an administration in a downpour

— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) May 16, 2013

Out: I support the troops. In: The troops support my umbrella.

“What’s your detail, Marine?” “Umbrella duty, sir.” “I can’t hear you!” “Umbrella duty, sir!!!”

— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) May 16, 2013

Dear @barackobama, Marines are NOT your personal cabana boys

— MirCat (@TRMirCat) May 16, 2013

The Few. The Proud. The guy who gets to hold the umbrella. Thanks Mr. President…

— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) May 16, 2013

RT @evanmcsan: on what day of Marine boot camp do you learn “hold umbrella over dignitary” stance?

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) May 16, 2013

Jeeves, peel me a grape.

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) May 16, 2013

Isn’t there something in the Rifleman’s Creed about fruit?

Maybe he could stand on a Marine too.

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) May 16, 2013

Hey, why not? Obama’s already metaphorically stepped on them.

Ouch RT @baseballcrank: At least Neville Chamberlain held his own umbrella.

— Rschrim (@Rschrim) May 16, 2013

Semper Umbrellis.

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 16, 2013

Marines don’t just fight wars for Obama. They also hold his umbrella. How humiliating and unacceptable.

— Hater Hating Haters (@DefendWallSt) May 16, 2013

The rain let up eventually, and, a sufficient number of photos taken, Obama gave his umbrella brigade the boot:

As rain fades, Pres Obama dismisses umbrella-bearing US Marines.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 16, 2013

Obama just spoke to the marines by saying “Alright guys” in order to get the umbrellas away. So much disrespect.

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) May 16, 2013

President Classy. And President Priorities:

Funny how quickly Obama got the Marines there when he was getting wet. Our men in Benghazi waited 8 hours for Obama to call in the Marines.

— Sunny (@sunnyright) May 16, 2013

There are more marines holding umbrellas for Obama than were protecting Ambassador Stevens. #Benghazi

— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) May 16, 2013

Obama calls in Marines to hold umbrellas over him in the rain… but not to save lives in #Benghazi NO RESPECT

— Conservative Artist (@_AmyMarsh) May 16, 2013

@dloesch Obama gets Marines to protect him from rain. But, Amb. Stevens doesn’t get Marines to protect him from bullets & mortars? #Benghazi

— Garrett Hall (@Garrett_R_Hall) May 16, 2013

#FACT There are more Marines holding umbrellas for POTUS than were guarding Amb. Stevens in #Benghazi

— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) May 16, 2013

If only it were raining in Libya, the ambassador could have applied for protection from the US Marines.

— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) May 16, 2013

What a disgrace.

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Update:

RT @thefix: This exists: @umbrellamarine

— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 16, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/05/16/theyre-gonna-look-good-next-to-us-president-prop-aganda-recruits-marines-to-hold-umbrellas-pics-video/

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