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951-Riverside Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-27-09 02:50 PM
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Drum major suspended for waving at Obama
Source: The Associated Press

A drum major who waved at President Barack Obama was brought to tears Tuesday over his six-month suspension from an Ohio marching band.

"Six months is pretty harsh, I think," firefighter John Coleman told Newsnet 5.

But the Cleveland Firefighter's Memorial Pipes & Drums band leader said even a glance is out of bounds for marching bands in a parade marking the inauguration of a president.

"We had gone over and over time and again with everyone in the band that this was a military parade. Protocol and proper decorum had to be followed at all times," band leader Mike Engle told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"Unfortunately, John chose to ignore that."

Other bands complained about Coleman's gesture, and the burly fire inspector -- who has been in the band for 17 years -- was told of his suspension on the bus home from Washington.

"He has to abide by the rules," Engle said. "It had to be done."

Coleman defended his actions and said he would do it again, despite the consequences.

"I just happened to glance over and made eye contact with the president and just gave a nod acknowledging him and just a slight wave," Coleman said.

Read more: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jf1j...
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-27-09 02:53 PM
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1. Again, this is an old story and certainly not Latest Breaking News. n/t
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-27-09 02:55 PM
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2. Dupe several times over this week.
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-27-09 03:11 PM
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3. Let's forward this to the White House ...
I'm sure that this poor guy would get a personal meeting from Barack Obama ...
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Stuckinthebush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-27-09 03:12 PM
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4. Lighten up
Jesus...some people take themselves way too seriously.
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-27-09 03:15 PM
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5. Obama's first pardon?
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WePurrsevere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-27-09 03:35 PM
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6. Locking -
This story is over 12 hours old. Please review the rules for posting in Late Breaking News HERE.

Thank you.
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