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‘The Incident in the Rose Garden Rain’


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Armed by the arrogant confidence that comes via a protective circle of self-serving, back-scratching politicians (including Republican ones), who do nothing to deter his increasing taunts against all things American,  President Barack Hussein Obama continues to publicly trash the cherished image of the military.

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Taking a leaf straight from the book of his overbearing wife, Michelle, who used military members in full dress as props on the night she invaded living rooms via satellite from the White House to announce this year’s Best Picture, yesterday big brave BHO used Marines holding umbrellas to shelter both himself and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan from a little light drizzle in the White House Rose Garden.

The photograph of the two with the umbrella-holding Marines went viral on the Internet, but lost on an ever-taunting Obama was the stark contrast between the dedicated young men who serve the country and his anti-American self.

This president who holds respect for nothing American and who seems to consider nothing sacred referred to Erdogan as “our prime minister”.  Was he planning to later dive, yet again under the slip-of-the-tongue cover, or was it part of a deliberate attempt to underline photographic proof that an Islamic prime minister can be served by an umbrella-holding U.S. Marine?

Worst of all, Obama, who still maintains the cover up on the September 11, 2012 slaughter of four courageous Americans in Benghazi, Libya, openly called the terrorist attack that cost them their lives, an “incident”.

This from the same president, who with his vice president and secretary of state in tow, showed up to comfort and promise justice for the loss to the loved ones of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Tyrone S. Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith when their bodies were returned to the USA.

The call for Marines with umbrellas to save them from the rain seemed to surprise even even Prime Minister Erdogan.

It’s not as if U.S. Marines stand around waiting to be called for umbrella duty.

In creating yesterday’s pictorial taunt, Obama actually breached Marine umbrella protocol: “The commander in chief of the American Armed forces today forced a violation of Marine Corps regulations, so he wouldn’t get wet.” (The Daily Caller, May 16, 2013).

“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.

“The relevant portion of their 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.

“Not even the President of the United States can request a Marine to carry an umbrella without the express consent of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, according (to) the Marine Corps Manual.

“The Marine Corps Manual, the guidebook that defines protocol for officers and enlisted Marines, in section 2806 paragraph 2, specifically states “The Marine Corps Uniform Regulations, published by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, shall be binding on all Marines.  No officer or official shall issue instructions which conflict with, alter, or amend any provision without the approval of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.”

Obama’s cheap tricks from his personal ‘Department of Taunt’ make for hurtful images that are hard to block out.

The Marxist squatting on the White House shows as much respect for Marines as he does for the victims of terrorist attacks on his watch.

Meanwhile there is some hope just in knowing that over the passing of time, even long after he’s gone, Obama’s progeny (including relatives among the too many to count children of his half brother Abongo “Roy” Malik) will some day learn about a president’s shameful taunting of Marines on May 16, 2013 that came to be known forever more as: ‘The Incident in the Rose Garden Rain’.


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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com.

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