First things first, why are you yelling at me?
Secondly, I said the other day that the President should have been more careful and made a mistake by giving a half-assed salute as he was exiting Marine One. But he’s not the first President to make such a gaffe, he won’t be the last President to do so, and nobody died because President Obama returned a salute with a latte in his hand. I think people tend to forget that while using a helicopter would probably be an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience for most of us, it’s literally the President’s equivalent to public transportation. Yes, he should have returned the salute in a more proper manner, but I’ve forgotten to say “Thank you” to bus drivers on several occasions when getting off at my stop and I had far less pressing concerns than the President. Getting on and off of Marine One and Air Force One is as common to the President of the United States as getting in-and-out of your car, or boarding the train on your way to work. It gets comfortable and commonplace, and your mind wanders because it’s automatic.
Thirdly, why would it make a difference if it was a Marine who President Obama “disrespected”? Soldiers make the same sacrifices, no matter what branch of the service they are in. I understand that many veterans have pride in their own branch of the service, but from the perspective of an outsider, they are all equal. And guess what? Just because someone was a Marine doesn’t mean they are any better than somebody that didn’t serve. There are honorable people in the Armed services (and I’m sure that the Marines who greet the President when he boards or exits his helicopter are fine soldiers), but there are also assholes in the Armed services, just as there are in real-life. When I lived in Austin, I worked nights as a bouncer and I recall a dude who was sexually harassing the female bartenders and shot girls but he got a free pass for a while from management because he was a “Marine”. I didn’t agree with such an entitlement and when I quickly decided that his free pass had expired, he took a swing at me. I didn’t allow him a free pass for that. He might have been a Marine and I might have appreciated his service, but it wasn’t an excuse to grab the asses of bartenders and be a dick, so I knocked his teeth out just as if he hadn’t served in the military. And I’d have done the same thing if he was in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, French Foreign Legion, Salvation Army, whatever. The point is that people are people — the President should have saluted properly, but it doesn’t somehow make it worse because it happened with a Marine. Barack Obama doesn’t secretly have an issue with Marines in general; that’s just the branch of the military in charge of operating the President’s helicopter transport, so that’s why Marines are the soldiers saluting him at the bottom of the steps.
Finally, the most unbelievable thing about this whole message is that you’re obviously outraged about somebody “disrespecting” the military, yet you angrily referred to the Commander-in-Chief of the entire United States military as a “piece of crap”. The President didn’t set out to disrespect the military — he returned a salute with a cup of coffee in his hand, and that half-assed effort was blown out of proportion. He should have been better, but it was a mistake, not disrespect. But being outraged by the situation and then using language of your own that is clearly disrespectful of the President of the United States — again, the Commander-in-Chief of the United States military that you’re so protective of — makes you either hypocritical or ignorant. Neither of those things are excusable, but at least people can overcome ignorance.