President Obama’s noon press conference with the Turkish Prime Minister started forty minutes late Thursday. As the press sat waiting, the sky began to darken and grow more threatening. By the time Obama finally showed up, a light rain had already begun to fall.
Though the Turkish PM declined Obama’s offer of an umbrella, Obama lost that particular game of chicken as he answered a question about the IRS from a Bloomberg reporter. The rain picked up and mid-answer the president finally blinked and asked two nearby Marines to hold umbrellas over himself and his guest.
“Why don’t we get a couple of Marines [to hold umbrellas],” the President said. “They’re gonna look good next to us.”
On Twitter, the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg suggested that this was “not such a great use of Marines.”
Not such a great use of Marines.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) May 16, 2013
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