‘It made him look like a butler’: Retired general blasts President Obama for ordering U.S. Marine to break military rules by holding an umbrella

Hoping for a break in the stormDaily Mail – by DAVID MARTOSKO IN WASHINGTON, JAMES NYE and DANIEL BATES

President Obama humiliated the marine who he asked to hold his umbrella by making him ‘look like a butler’, a respected military general claimed today.

Thomas McInerney, a former United States Air Force Lieutenant General, said that the President showed a ‘lack of respect’ by making the soldier shelter him from a shower.  

He also said that the President has plenty of aides so did not understand why one of them could not have held the umbrella.

The President caused a stir when he summoned over two marines to keep him dry at a press conference in the Rose Garden.

The marines held an umbrella over the President and the Turkish Prime Minister individually as Obama made jokes about the weather.

However, for some the move was not a laughing matter particularly as it is a breach of protocol for marines to hold umbrellas while in uniform.

Lt Gen McInerney told MailOnline that he found it particularly insulting how the President at one point his his hand under the marine’s arm ‘like he wasn’t doing a good job or something’.

He said: ‘The President has stood in the rain before without an umbrella and a marine would generally stand there without holding an umbrella.’

‘He isn’t some kind of butler or something.

‘It makes the other guy (the other marine) look like a butler too.’

‘I think it’s a lack of respect for the marine, that’s what I think.’

‘I don’t understand why one of his aides could not have held the umbrella. The marine is a warrior but the aides are not.’

Lt Gen McInerney, 76, served in Vietnam and fought with NATO and was commander of the 11th Air Force in Alaska before retiring.

He said: ‘If I was his (the marine’s) commander…I’d say good job, you did what he wanted you to do but you can’t, really he has to keep his comments to himself because if you say anything you’re going to get in trouble.’

‘Any time a marine has said something…one general who spoke out, he got fired, he got canned from his job.’

Lt Gen McInerney also lashed out at the President for not doing enough to support soldiers when they return home from combat.’

He said: ‘The President talks a good line but he doesn’t follow a good line. These guys are coming home and they’re not getting what they are supposed to get.’

‘The guy’s (Obama) got to get real and he’s got to start doing stuff the right way and answering questions in the right manner, not changing subject in the middle of the interview.’

According to Marine Corps regulations, not even the President of the United States can request a Marine to carry an umbrella without the express permission of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

The Marine Corp Manual, which is the bible for all soldiers serving, specifically states that a soldier’s uniform dress code does not allow the carrying of an umbrella and ‘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.’

Indeed, male Marines are informed never to carry an umbrella from the earliest phases of training.

Regulation MCO P1020.34F of the Marine Corps Uniform Regulations chapter 3, rules out any use or carrying of an umbrella while a Marine is in uniform.

However, female Marines ‘may carry an all-black, plain standard or collapsible umbrella at their option during inclement weather with the service and dress uniforms. It will be carried in the left hand so that the hand salute can be properly rendered.’

Insensitive? Many have questioned the President's actions Insensitive? Many have questioned the President’s actions
Rule Breaker: President Barack Obama, center, watches a Marine remove the umbrella after it stopped raining during his joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Rule Breaker: President Barack Obama, center, watches a Marine remove the umbrella after it stopped raining during his joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Rule Breaker: President Barack Obama, center, watches a Marine remove the umbrella after it stopped raining during his joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoga

Many commentators found the use of the marines to be particularly insensitive, given the President was answering questions on Benghazi.

The lack of marines protecting Ambassador Chris Stevens at the Libyan consulate and the failure to deploy marines to protect him amid the outbreak of violence has come under fire ever since last year’s attack on September 11.

Usually a marine guard would be in force at an overseas diplomatic compound but in Benghazi the government opted to use a private Libyan security team.

Stevens had made repeated appeals for improved security at the Libyan base but to no avail.

Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty were part of a CIA security team stationed a mile away who heard gunshots and intervened to try and help Stevens. They were also killed in an attack on their compound.

When violence broke out there were also delays sending in marines to assist.

A rapid response team were twice told to stand down amid the chaos while reports at the time said the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team was delayed because the state department ordered them to deplane and change into civilian clothing.

Answering questions on Benghazi, President Obama said the government was ‘ continuing to review our security at high-threat diplomatic posts’ in light of the attack.

At the press conference originally intended to be a victory lap for the United States’ relationship with Turkey, Obama stood alongside Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and fielded questions which quickly shifted to the trio of scandals that are engulfing his administration.

Critical: Thomas McInerney, a former United States Air Force Lieutenant General, said that the President showed a ¿lack of respect¿Critical: Thomas McInerney, a former United States Air Force Lieutenant General, said that the President showed a ‘lack of respect’
Admission: Obama admitted that the U.S. needs to 'learn the lessons of Benghazi' but he called it an 'incident' rather than a terror attackAdmission: Obama admitted that the U.S. needs to ‘learn the lessons of Benghazi’ but he called it an ‘incident’ rather than a terror attack

He also dodged questions about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, and said ‘I offer no apologies’ for the Department of Justice’s secret seizure of reporter’s phone records in search of a classified intelligence leak.

He has been under growing pressure over these issues and Benghazi in recent weeks.

It has emerged that his State Department political appointees intervened in the aftermath of the 2012 terror attack, in a process that resulted in a misleading set of talking points which ignored terrorism in favor of a more muted explanation, in the midst of a re-election campaign.

Addressing the Benghazi fallout pre-emptively before Erdogan spoke, Obama said that ‘at my direction, we’ve been taking a series of steps that were recommended by the review board.’

He spoke of various measures he was recommending, to ‘learn the lessons of Benghazi.’ But he referred to the murders of four Americans there as an ‘incident,’ not a terror attack.

He said: ‘That’s why, at my direction, we’ve been taking a series of steps that were recommended by the review board after the incident.  We’re continuing to review our security at high-threat diplomatic posts, including the size and nature of our presence; improving training for those headed to dangerous posts; increasing intelligence and warning capabilities.’

‘And I’ve directed the Defense Department to ensure that our military can respond lightning quick in times of crisis.’

And his remarks focused on ‘properly funding’ the State Department and Pentagon-run security at diplomatic posts, shifting the burden to Congress to ‘provide resources and new authorities so that we can implement all the recommendations of the Accountability Review Board which issued a report last month’.

He said: ‘We’re going to need Congress’s help in terms of increasing the number of our Marine Corps Guard who protect our embassies.

‘We’re not going to be able to do this alone,’ Obama said. ‘We need Congress.’

The review board is under fire for failing to interview high-level Obama administration figures, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Interviewing Clinton, Republicans on Capitol Hill have said, would have provided insights into who was accountable for lapses in security that left the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya vulnerable to attack.

The Tea Party Patriots and other right-wing groups provided a powerful rallying force during the 2010 midterm elections, but were targeted the same year by the IRSThe Tea Party Patriots and other conservative groups provided a powerful rallying force during the 2010 midterm elections. It was around the same time that the Obama administration’s IRS began targeting such groups that applied for tax-exempt nonprofit status

But despite Obama’s plea for more funding, money was not an issue in the months before the Benghazi attack when consular officials in Libya asked the State Department for more security forces.

Those requests were repeatedly denied, and neither Hillary Clinton nor other State Department officials have raised a lack of funding as the reason more special forces were not on the scene.

On the night of the Benghazi attack, the State Department refused to authorize an existing special forces team in the Libyan capital city of Tripoli to board a military C-130 plane headed to Benghazi, despite their readiness to intervene.

The Obama administration said later that the decision was made because the forces would not have arrived at the consulate, which was under attack, in time to make a difference.

The State Department has been silent on the question of how it knew how long the armed, military-style assault from Islamist terror groups would last.

Obama addressed the need to for ”increasing intelligence and warning capabilities’ at ‘diplomatic posts around the world,’ and asked Congress for money to ‘increase the Marine Corps contingents’ at State Department facilities.

On the IRS scandal, Obama said he knew nothing of what was going on.

‘My main concern is fixing a problem,’ Obama said.

‘It is just simply unacceptable for there to be even a hint of partisanship’ in the IRS.

Obama calls in marines to hold umbrellas

Barack Obama (R) and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan hold a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden, but most of the focus was on three unfolding White House scandalsBarack Obama (R) and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan hold a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden, but most of the focus was on three unfolding White House scandals

He also  expressed ‘complete confidence’ in Attorney General Eric Holder, whose Justice Department deputies saw two months of phone records from Associated Press reporters and editors.

Holder has told Congress he recused himself from the investigation, but admitted Wednesday during a Capitol Hill hearing that he failed to put that recusal in writing.

The investigation centered on a secret CIA operation in Yemen that foiled a terror plot to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner.

AP were believed to have received a leak of information from a government source.

‘Leaks related to national security can put people at risk,’ Obama said.

‘I offer no apologies’ for putting a high premium on national security, he said, while also allowing that the First Amendment’s press freedoms are important to him philosophically.

Despite the wide range of topics up for discussion it is the umbrella incident which certainly captured chatter online.

A mock Twitter account was set up for the marine involved while numerous videos appeared online poking fun at the issue.

It doesn't rain it...Air Force One Staff Sergeant Brian Barnett is pictured following behind the President with an umbrella as he boards Air Force One in 2011It doesn’t rain it…Air Force One Staff Sergeant Brian Barnett is pictured following behind the President with an umbrella as he boards Air Force One in 2011

 

Keeping dry: Many different individuals have held umbrellas for the commander in chiefKeeping dry: Many different individuals have held umbrellas for the commander in chief
Not singing in the rain: President Obama was pictured struggling with an umbrella himself in New Orleans in 2010 but he managed to laugh at himself moments later
Not singing in the rain: President Obama was pictured struggling with an umbrella himself in New Orleans in 2010 but he managed to laugh at himself moments later

Not singing in the rain: President Obama was pictured struggling with an umbrella himself in New Orleans in 2010 but he managed to laugh at himself moments later

It is not the first time Obama has struggled when it comes to keeping dry.

Often assistants are on hand to offer the President cover – be it leaving a car or embarking Air Force One.

On one occasion the President’s own struggles navigating an umbrella showed why.

He managed to smile for cameras in 2010 when he got in a muddle trying to get an umbrella over a fence.

He was trying to do the gentlemanly thing and protect wife, Michelle, from the rain.

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29 thoughts on “‘It made him look like a butler’: Retired general blasts President Obama for ordering U.S. Marine to break military rules by holding an umbrella

  1. Just goes to show that when there is a sh!tty task to be done, you’ll see the USMC there & the job will get done! Doesn’t matter if it’s cleaning out Monkey King’s pissy diaper or cleaning out a town of insurgents.

    Want to get wound up? Look, this is how Monkey King treats his Troops daily.

    Semper Fi, Marine, whoever you are.

  2. As a retired marine, i can tell you this is disgraceful. the lance corporal should grow a pair and make a stand. while i am on a rant……this marine as well as all other surrounding obummer have been “out of uniform’ since 2008. anyone care to take a guess what is missing???…….. its his sabre. all marines who are in vicinity of obama as well as all graduating classes of marines since 2008 have been deballed and unsabred. go check the pics history and see that this is the truth. shameful.

    1. Oh yea, I forgot about that. Obama probably disarmed them for fear of one of them sticking the sabre up his ass when he wasn’t looking. Remember how Former Secretary of Defense Panetta demanded that all military officers be disarmed when visiting and how the Marines are no longer allowed to carry live rounds or even have the triggers or hammers on their guns removed or something because Obama is afraid that someone will shoot him? At least we know the guy is living in fear. They say, “Anticipation of death is worse than death itself”.

      1. Hey NC, I believe you are correct that the Obama administration has reason to fear. It’s the criminal mindset inside them worrying about exposure that prompts them to demand those in close proximity to be disarmed. That fact alone is quite revealing.

  3. “Semper Fi” from my USMC father as he reaches out to you from the grave.

    The Marine in this photo doesn’t seem too happy.

    . . .

    1. No Cathleen ,.. he is not happy.

      Criminal Obama has managed to piss off every US Marine on this planet in just one second.

      Monkey-boy has a problem he doesn’ fully understand yet.

      JD – US Marines – We just moved another step closer to taking out the trash….

  4. And this is a perfect analogy for liberalism. Too lazy to hold the umbrella for himself, he’ll get someone who has worked very hard for the position they’re in to hold if for him, while lying through his teeth about his criminal behavior.

  5. Disgraceful! What really incensed me was his remark that the marines would look better beside them. What an arrogant ass!

  6. The next time that we see a Marine holding something over Obama’s head he will be slipping an American Made Hemp Rope around his neck!!! Buahahaha!!! After the trial, of course!!!

  7. My Fellow Patriots,.. Americans,.. MARINES,

    Actually,.. we may wish to thank Criminal Obama!

    The more people he pisses off,.. the more will turn against him, and this criminal gov’t when the time is right.

    Trust me,. EVERY MARINE, Active duty,.. retired,.. or a veteran,… has noticed how monkey-boy just shit on an American Institution that has existed since BEFORE there was an America! (Continential Marines were born in Tunn Tavern, Philadelphia, PA, Novermber 10, 1775)

    To My Fellow Marines:

    Spread the word to all our brothers,.. the time is near.

    JD – US Marines – We swore to protect our country from enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC. The Domestic enemies are the greatest threat this country has ever faced,.. bar none.

    1. Hey JD, this criminal administration is the greatest threat to not only this country, but the entire world. As Henry has stated, it’s going to be us American Nationals eventually pulling everyone’s ass out of the fire or we will all be enslaved. Simple as that. There is no other force on the planet that has a chance against what we’re up against. It’s gonna be do or die.

      1. Hi Millard,

        Right you are brother!!

        This criminal gov’t,. along with the International Banksters, the Corporate Mafia,.. and their boss,.. the Rothchilds,.. is the greatest threat that the human species as ever faced, bar none.

        I really wish people like you, Henry and a few others I have meet through this most excellent Patriot site all lived a little closer to each other,.. the mutual support of bringing just a handfull of real Patriots like us together, would be absolutely devastating to them!

        As it is,… we Adapt, Improvise,… and Overcome,.. the Un-Official motto of the US Marines,.. and Patriots alike!

        Keep talking to people by you Millard,… educating them to what is coming is our job,… at the moment.

        1. Hey JD, I have an island that is considered in “International waters” that diggerdan and I have discussed using as a place for FTTWR weekend retreat and “Meeting of the Minds”. The only trouble is that there is very little time left but we would sure like to meet the good people that frequent “the Trenches” and have a “pig roast”! 🙂

          1. Hey NC, I don’t own the island, people just call it by my name because I raised my kids on it and have camped there 100s of times over the last 40 years. I will say this, it’s a power place where two waters meet and a third divides. You will feel it the moment you put your toes in the sand. It’s public land but difficult to access unless you have a boat that will travel in 1 inch of water to puddle jump to get there. I have the means to get there.

          2. Sorry, Millard. Just being a little sarcastic. Wasn’t trying to be mean or anything.

            Seriously though, it sounds like a good island. I’ll keep it in mind.

          3. Hey NC, you have diggerdan’s endorsement and that pretty much makes you family buddy.

          4. Oh yea NC @ Millard @ 10:24, that is the island I used to talk about with you guys. Yea I consider you and Henry, #1 Mark Shoemaker, JD , and Angel, Cathleen, RT for sure, and you other ones like Sunfire, Smilerdog, Oldvet, I haven`t forgot about you either Rhumstruck buddy 🙂 ,geeze I hope I haven`t forgot some older guys here on The Trenches. Yep me and Millard have talked for a long time about a Party on the Island From The Trenches….. Yep we love you guys 🙂

      2. Yep, I completely agree with you there, Millard. And that’s why the elite are trying so hard to dumb us down and/or take us out, because they know an awakened America will completely end their whole takeover the world plan.

  8. Hey JD, would you hold an umbrella for Obama in the rain or would you stick the umbrella up his ass for the whole world to see? lol

  9. The ‘general’ writing this BS story is on FOX ‘News’ constantly, always agitating for more war, usually against Iran.

    http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/McInerney_Thomas

    He’s also feeding at the public trough, getting lots and lots of money, money paid to this clown basically because he had some stars on his lapels.

    BTW, I can’t recall this clown complaining about the sorry Veteran’s care when that drunken, coked out frat boy GW Bush was in the WH.

    If Obama is the CnC, then he has the right to tell that Marine what to do, including holding that umbrella.

    Or maybe you’d rather see Marines would prefer to be hitting the beach off Iran?

    Now before you ‘jarheads’ get all PO’d, I served in the military with an outfit called the 82nd Airborne from 1971-72 and I’m no fan of OBOMBA, but he’s either the CnC or he’s not.

    Which is it?

    1. Any soldier regardless of class of service is trained to constantly question the legality of orders from his chain of command. unlawful orders mean seditious officers/all the way to the top seditious officers and or cic means treason from within. unlawful orders
      being given from top down are to be disregarded and disobeyed. obama as others before him, have so eviscerated and corrupted the responsibility/ethics and morale of cic, that he is by fact of law, an illegal usurper-fraud. all orders are to be disobeyed from this traitor in chief. obama/bush cabal and clinton all need to be brought up on war crimes charges. so NO he is not cic.

    2. You know Greg, Hitler was the equivalent of CIC when he was Chancellor of Germany. Your argument has NO legs. Following the orders of a tyrant makes you a tool of a tyrant. Tyrants are to be destroyed and their tools buried right along with them.

  10. First and foremost Semper Fi brothers and for the guy holding the umbrella
    If you are going to hold anything it needs to be in left hand especially when In the presence of enemy and if that man is not the biggest threat to our republic Who is ? You realize you had chance to not only become a national hero but to defend our countrÿ far better than protectimg bankers interests and poppy growers or oil fields i saw the look in your eyes and maybe you were restrained for reasons i do not know I hope you were humiliated and wanted to humiliate him or piss on his leg I can only hope that you are infuriated about this blatent lack of respect and outright disdain and do not want to be his boy. If your head is in the right place i honor your restraint i could not have done it
    once again semper Fi brothers and i jhope there are whole lote more of you who see who this man and his bosses represnt they are domestic enemy but realistically they are foriegn and the literally own you

  11. I(as a navy vet) would tell him to suckit. Hold an umbrella… Who will he piss off next? I didnt know that part about the marines being de-saber’d. I use to say when cheney went to afgan-a-stan and pinned my brothers and sisters with medals that if I was there and on duty in the pill box, he would have been walking and CLINK. I would have stood up and said “my bad”. How is it that none of us who get the chance to end evil ever do?

    I want a FTT WR patch (in camo) for my post tyranny clean up uniform. Do thety make these yet?

  12. Marines, as beloved and honorable as they are to the American people, are a ceremonial “protection” for the POTUS. The real protection is assigned to the Secret Service. The SS is a division within the Treasury Department. The Treasury Department is under the control of bankers. Get it? Bankers have the final say in whether a president lives or dies, and the president knows it.

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