[T]he first thing I thought when I saw the picture was, why do they use a member ofIt turns out, however, that the President does indeed choose his own umbrelladiers. The Washington Post reports:
the United States Marine Corps to hold an umbrella over the President? I'm reasonably confident that the President himself doesn't decide who holds an umbrella for him. I wonder how it was determined that umbrellas should be held by members of Marines?
Slogging through a drizzly Rose Garden news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Obama took a break to ask for some rain protection.
“I am going to go ahead and ask folks, why don’t we get a couple of Marines — they’re going to look good next to us — just because I’ve got a change of suits but I don’t know about our prime minister,” he said as two Marines appeared at the lecterns with umbrellas. “There we go. That’s good.” He gestured to the soggy press corps, adding, “You guys I’m sorry about.”According to the Post, conservatives are unhappy about the President's little joke. For example, Lou Dobbs tweeted:
Obama expects our troops to hold damn umbrellas rather than go inside: It's disrespectful, inconsiderate, classless.There also appears to have been a breach of protocol because apparently male Marines are not allowed to carry umbrellas. That said, title 10 of the U.S. Code also states that Marines are to "perform such other duties as the President may direct." So perhaps the conscription into umbrella duty was an appropriate exercise of executive power after all.
— Lou Dobbs (@loudobbsnews) May 17, 2013
The Gillette-Torvik Blog will continue to cover this breaking story, which I've code-named "Umbroglio."