Obama's 'Styrofoam cup salute' provokes Republican outrage

Latte salute was spotted in a White House Instagram video

Christopher Hooton@christophhooton
Wednesday 24 September 2014 10:26

President Barack Obama has been criticised for giving a Marine guard a seemingly lacklustre salute, holding a polystyrene coffee cup up to his temple.

In a video posted on the White House's Instagram, Obama is seen exiting the presidential helicopter and saluting the standing guards as is tradition.

When you embark and disembark aircraft as often as he does, I guess it's inevitable that you're going to be saddled with possessions at some point, and the president is seen awkwardly improvising as he tries to form a salute without spilling his latte.

This is 2014 though so at least a handful of people on the internet have to be outraged about it, including the National Republican Congressional Committee, which tweeted incredulously: "Wait - did President Obama just salute the Marines with a LATTE in his hand?!"

"President Obama's salute was incredibly disrespectful to the Marines. No way to justify that one," another user added solemnly.

While the decision to upload the video to Instagram was a little weird, this isn't the most awkward presidential salute on record – that honour goes to George W. Bush who saluted using his dog in 2001.

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