(PIX11) – President Obama, coffee in hand, stepped off Marine One and saluted two Marines on his way to address the United Nations Tuesday — single-handedly causing an outrage now dubbed the “Latte Salute” and “Semper Latte.”
In the Instagram video posted to the White House account, the president, wearing dark glasses and a navy suit, appears to be struggling with his left hand to button the jacket as he raises his right hand (holding the large coffee cup) in a multitasking salute.
Despite US airstrikes in Syria as the country dives into another nebulous military campaign, Twitter users were laser-focused on the alleged controversy, using the hashtag #lattesalute.
Others defended the president by pointing out that Obama is not the first president to flub a salute — in 2001 George W. Bush was photographed clutching his Scottie Barney while attempting to salute with the leash around his wrist:
Despite the Internet outrage, the question remains — should President Obama have been saluting in the first place?
There’s nothing in military history to suggest the president should be saluting the troops, according to Business Insider. Until Ronald Reagan took office, no commander-in-chief had done it. Thanks to Reagan, who even encouraged his vice president to salute, every president since has adopted the practice — perhaps trying to avoid bad press by not doing it.
At least the president can be grateful that he didn’t wear his tan suit this time.