WASHINGTON, September 25 -- Sixteen months ago, President Obama came under fire from critics after he asked Marines at the White House to hold umbrellas for him and then-Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during an outdoor news conference in which it rained.
The decision spawned outrage, with some questioning why Obama would do so despite a uniform regulation that says male Marines in uniform should not use umbrellas. “Umbrella-gate” was born, bringing with it a hashtag — #umbrellagate — and an emotional conversation about whether the president was disrespecting rank-and-file service members.
The move came shortly after Obama announced on Tuesday that the United States and five Arab partners had launched a series of airstrikes in Syria. The reaction was swift and vitriolic from some corners, many of which criticize the president frequently.
“I mean, please, how disrespectful was that?” said Republican strategist Karl Rove on Fox News.
“Obama’s Disrespectful ‘Latte Salute’ Shocks and Offends,” said a headline on the conservative Web site Breitbart. It also prompted the creation of the satirical Twitter account @ObamasLatte: