In response to Outraged?:
When I first saw the story making waves, yesterday, I too wondered if it was much ado about – well – not a very big deal, perhaps spurred on by Obama Derangement Syndrome.
It wouldn’t be the first time the “outrageous outrage” machine kicked into high gear over something trivial – something I see on Twitter all the time.
But then I contacted my friend Mike Banzet, an Air Force vet for his take on it, and saw the reactions of other military folks online. And I came to the conclusion that their “outrage” is in fact genuine. It’s not put on. It’s not “dishonest” or “knee-jerk.”
Banzet, who served in the United States Air Force for 22 years, relayed the following:
I, personally have saluted long silver boxes as I transported 2 people and one “un associated portions” from the desert to Germany. I managed not to have a drink in my hand. Please.
Let people know that this kind of disdain is not free.
How do you think I feel?
Similar sentiments were expressed on Twitter. Here are some samples via Twitchy:
I had to salute with a prosthetic arm, yet Obama cant even put down his damn latte? Come on.
— J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman) September 23, 2014
If there was ever any doubt as 2 the level of regard Obama holds for our military, this latte salute seals the deal http://t.co/9Hy6QeN4hM
— Allen West (@AllenWest) September 23, 2014
Former Secret Service Agent, Dan Bongino:
This is really disrespectful.I’ve seen a lot of Marine-One exits & salutes to our Marines,but never with a coffee cup http://t.co/dJBPU81Ko9
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) September 23, 2014
@seanhannity as a U.S. Marine it infuriates me!
— Ed (@EddieMac83) September 24, 2014
Was the “latte salute” a full blown scandal? No, of course not. But it’s also not a trivial thing when so many in the US military are genuinely offended by it.
That’s why I chose to write about it.