President Obama forgot to salute a marine that was guarding him and his helicopter. It’s a longstanding tradition that members of the military are required to salute the President as a sign of respect. The practice of Presidents returning the salute started during the time of Ronald Reagan in 1981 and is a sign of honor and trust.
No one knows what went through President Obama’s mind as he blankly walked past the marine. However, when President Obama realized his mistake, he immediately headed back down the helicopter to shake the marine’s hands and whispered something to him. We’ll never know what he said but it was a heartwarming gesture to show respect to a soldier protecting his life.
We’re all human and we make mistakes. Whether you support Obama or not, you have to admit this is a classy act to show respect.
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