WHEN the President gives you a gift, it is a good idea to keep a tight hold on it . . . Sergeant Kristie Ness learned that lesson the hard way on Friday when she dropped a challenge coin handed to her by Barack Obama.
But the Commander in Chief proved himself to be a perfect gentleman as he knelt down to the coin up and gave it back to the red-faced Marine.
Ms Ness received the coin from Mr Obama at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in acknowledgment of her service on board his helicopter, Marine One, ahead of her last flight with the President.
"If ye love...the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."