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President Obama held a press conference with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan outdoors in the White House Rose Garden Thursday, and as if the week hadn’t been bad enough already, it rained.

“Why don’t we get a couple of Marines, they’re gonna look good next to us,” Obama says as he motions the two servicemen over to shield him and the prime minister from the rain with umbrellas.

Apparently Obama did not know there is no provision in the guidelines that allow a Marine to hold an umbrella while in uniform. According to The Daily Caller:

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 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.”

Watch the ABC News video here.


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