Conservative Media Freaks Out Over Obama’s ‘Latte Salute’

President Obama set off a conservative media frenzy when he saluted two marines while holding a paper coffee cup in his hand as he disembarked from Marine One.
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September 24, 2014 11:31 a.m.

President Obama disembarked from Marine One on Tuesday and saluted two Marines with a paper cup in his hand. For conservative talking heads the salute, which was captured in a video that the White House posted to its Instagram account, was proof positive of Obama’s disregard for the military, ignorance of protocol, and general disrespect for the uniform.

Conservative pundits such as Sean Hannity were quick to denounce the President’s salute. Hannity deemed the salute “shocking” as he discussed it with guest Karl Rove on his show on Tuesday night. He drew comparisons between Obama and former President George W. Bush and asked Rove whether Bush would “ever do that.”

Rove called Obama’s actions “disrespectful” after mockingly reenacting the salute given by, in his words, the “chai-swillin’, golf-playin’, basketball trash-talkin'” commander-in-chief.

The disapproval over the salute also found an outlet via Twitter.

Former Congressman and Fox contributor Allen West tweeted:

Fox Radio host and conservative pundit Todd Starnes seemingly couldn’t get over the incident, as he tweeted multiple references to the salute.

And, with perhaps the snappiest headline, The Washington Times dubbed the incident the “Semper Latte.”

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