This ‘tea cup salute’ outrage is missing the point that the President of the United States is a civilian position, so when soldiers salute him he doesn’t have to salute back. Actually, he’s not even supposed to salute back.
Here’s what should have happened in that situation:
- Obama exits helicopter
- Soldiers salute
- Obama walks by them sipping his coffee and generally getting on with his day
So why are people whipping up a ‘storm in a coffee-cup’ about this improper salute when he didn’t even need to salute in the first place?