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Response to IdaBriggs (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:06 PM

61. Marines do not salute when uncovered.


If they want to pretend there is some rule saying the President has to salute, then they should at least know the rules of their silly game.

1. There is no rule requiring the President of the United States to salute anybody. He may be Commander in Chief, but he is still a civilian and civilians are not expected to salute.

2. If you want to pretend POTUS is subject to military rules (which he isn't), those of higher rank in the military frequently do not return salutes.

3. Back when most Presidents were ex-military they usually did not, in fact, salute the Marines standing guard. Probably because they were accustomed from the military experience to the practice of ignoring the salutes when they are going about their business. It is the non-veteran Presidents unaccustomed to the practice who seem to think they should salute.

4. And they almost universally do a piss poor job of it. Reagan sucked at it. Clinton sucked at it. Bush II sucked at it. Obama ... well, he has actually been better than any of those three, but he still isn't all that great at it. Frankly, he should probably just quit.

5. Even after all that, if you really, really, really, really want him to play soldier ... those guards are not soldiers. They are Marines. Marines do not salute when uncovered (that means not wearing a hat for those of you who don't speak Girene). The President was not wearing a hat. So by Marine Corps rules he shouldn't have saluted them in the first place.


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