A presidential moment is going viral that occurred when President Donald Trump was about to enter Marine-One at Andrews Joint Airbase upon his return from the G20 Summit in the Hamburg, Germany.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 9, 2017
A U.S. Marine, who was standing at attention at the helicopter’s entrance, lost his cover to the wind. He could either retrieve it or maintain his post. He chose duty over appearance.
The president, noting the Marine’s dilemma, stooped down, picked up his lost cover, replaced it on his head and give the Marine’s shoulder a friendly pat.
The wind immediately took it again, and this time a military officer accompanying the president took the commander-in-chief’s lead and picked it up for the Marine.
— Corryn 🇺🇸 (@Corrynmb) July 9, 2017
The president’s supporters thought the moment wasn’t merely viral — it was indicative of the man himself.
Love it 😍
— JOYCE V (@JVER1) July 9, 2017
So incredibly thankful that this man is my President! 🙏☺️
— Isaac (@_Iamisa_) July 9, 2017
Commander-in-chief who respects the Marines that defend our great nation. God bless America.
— AuthorAdamScott (@AuthorAdamScott) July 9, 2017
They also believed the moment was a far cry from how Trump’s predecessor would have handled the situation.
Traitor Osama would never have such appreciation for our Marines or any Service members! #MAGA🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— Johnny Olavarria (@Olavarriajs) July 9, 2017
The answer to that one is a resounding “no.” This was made clear at a 2013 White House Rose Garden press conference with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
When it began to rain, Obama instructed the Marines to fetch a couple of umbrellas to protect the president and prime minister, which runs counter to Marine protocol.
The difference in imagery was startling.
A Commander-in-Chief that loves and respects the military.
A Commander-in-Chief who disparaged, degraded, and downsized the military. pic.twitter.com/OeRmqSvTfz
— /pol/ News Forever (@polNewsForever) July 9, 2017
NO comparison! The military, actually all of us, were “beneath” him. 🙄
— Marian Cantwell Fry (@MarianCantwellF) July 9, 2017
Well, maybe not everyone was beneath Obama — as opposed to Trump.
— mzaz (@mzaz86442) July 9, 2017
And that’s the difference.
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