Thursday, May 16, 2013

More than a mere infraction of a rule

Some things I read are annoying, some things I read make me mad and some things I read really piss me off! This is one of those times. I was in my car today and listening to the interloper in chief during his remarks to the press alongside the Turkish ambassador. In the midst of that I here this president summon two United States Marines assigned to his security detail, to come and hold umbrellas for him and the Turkish ambassador, so they wouldn't get wet. Really? The majority of my thoughts on the matter aren't printable. I will say this. What a self serving self righteous ass!
The commander in chief of the American armed forces today forced a violation of Marine Corps regulations, so he wouldn’t get wet.
According to Marine Corps regulation MCO P1020.34F of the Marine Corps Uniform Regulations chapter 3, a male Marine is not allowed to carry an umbrella while in uniform. There is no provision in the Marine Corps uniform regulation guidelines that allows a male Marine to carry an umbrella.
Nevertheless, during a press conference under a light drizzle with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan this morning, President Obama allowed the First Head to be protected from the elements by an umbrella held by a male Marine corporal.
The relevant portion of the regulation reads, “3035. UMBRELLAS (Female Marines). Female Marines may carry an all-black, plain standard or collapsible umbrella at their option during inclement weather with the service and dress uniforms. It will be carried in the left hand so that the hand salute can be properly rendered. Umbrellas may not be used/carried in formation nor will they be carried with the utility uniform.”
Items not expressly delineated as authorized components of the Marine Corps uniform are prohibited. Male Marines are informed never to carry an umbrella from the earliest phases of training.

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