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17th May 2013, 14:23
I must admit I am not a great fan of the umbrella what with its tendency to blow inside out and catch people in the eye. It seems that it also has something of an unmanly connotation what with it looking like a parasol and all.

Well it appears that the US Marines don't abide by them either (if we are to believe this story).

The marine in this photo certainly looks very pissed off.

President Obama makes U.S. Marine break the rules, and he does not look happy about it!! | Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2325893/President-Obama-makes-U-S-Marine-break-rules-does-look-happy-it.html)


What are the facts? Are marines able to carry umbrellas if ordered by their overall commander in chief or not?


17th May 2013, 14:27
He's probably thinking 'I'd like to insert this in you and then open it'.

17th May 2013, 14:29
The Marine isn't pissed off.

He's trying to work out how to open and then hold an umbrella
as per Marine Drill regulations - of course none exist.

I think he improvised his military actions, just like
when Obama first took office and instead of saluting
the Marine at the door of Marine One he shook his
hand :ugh::ugh::ugh:

17th May 2013, 14:30
What other US military drill movements have the hand
across the middle ?

17th May 2013, 14:39

No, the Marine in the picture is merely trying to figure out how the umbrella opens and closes. Period. As West Coast will tell you, U.S. Marines are occasionally lacking in a certain, cerebral, department!!! :}:}:}

PS: Real Men Never Use Umbrellas. Umbrellas Are For Girls.

PSS: The Marine in the photo holding the umbrella looks conspicuously like Mary Poppins. Is he going to fly away? :}:}

17th May 2013, 14:43
How many beers will those two Marines have to buy ?

Obama is a idiot, he is always touching the Marines
- here on the guys elbow, shaking hands instead of
saluting :ugh::ugh:

Milo Minderbinder
17th May 2013, 15:08
I blame Thomas Coryat.
Without him you wouldn't have umbrellas. Or table forks.

17th May 2013, 15:11
We need some captions for this picture

I'll start


Rain?? I don't see any stinking rain

"This will all clear up when congress recesses for the summer"

tony draper
17th May 2013, 15:17
As Caligula learned to his cost,one should never piss off ones Royal Guard.:rolleyes:

17th May 2013, 15:18
Lenin used an umbrella to fend off assasins.

Maybe it is a special kevlar issue brolly to protect him from any angry spitballs from AP reporters.


This is my umbrella,there are many like it,
but this one is my umbrella


sled dog
17th May 2013, 15:52
I reckon that the Marine has just farted.........

17th May 2013, 15:59

Marine: "I wish it was one of these (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgarian_umbrella)".

Milo Minderbinder
17th May 2013, 15:59
first use of the word "umbrella" in English

Coryat's Crudities: Reprinted from the Edition of 1611. To which are Now ... - Thomas Coryate - Google Books (http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=sGeowgOkNuIC&pg=PA135&lpg=PA135&dq=coryat%27s+crudities+umbrella&source=bl&ots=chGUR0fsrl&sig=VzXlKWv_y3R0QKrckD4SmvfHrfI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GFKWUfvcLOPv0gWjpICwCg&ved=0CF4Q6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=coryat%27s%20crudities%20umbrella&f=false)

PS - just to show anti-Islamic sentiment isn't recent, Coryat hated them and would rant against them in public. Only reason he wasn't killed while on his walk to India was that they all thought he was mad - and so protected by god.....

17th May 2013, 16:05
Caption: "Move that umbrella. I can't see the TelePrompTer".

17th May 2013, 18:36
Amended with acknowledgement:

"I think he just farted."

17th May 2013, 19:13
Obama - "forget it, Sunbeam - it stopped raining ten minutes ago."

17th May 2013, 20:18
Do farts from troops who have been eating MRE's for weeks contravene the Geneva conventions on Chemical and Biological warfare ?


17th May 2013, 20:22
Lenin used an umbrella to fend off assasins.

Bulgarians used an umbrella as assasins,

Airborne Aircrew
17th May 2013, 21:14
Some might ask what Reagan would do....




The man is a disgrace... Having serving Marines protect him from some rain... :ugh:

The look in the Marine's eyes says it all...

17th May 2013, 21:19


Milo Minderbinder
17th May 2013, 21:52
as an aside, can I ask what are the two medals the Marine is wearing?
I'd just like to get a feel for just who Obama is insulting.

Airborne Aircrew
17th May 2013, 22:06

Link (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dc/2013/05/when-marines-hold-umbrellas)

Here is some background: There are usually four Marines detailed (http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/inside-white-house-marine-sentries) to the White House at any given time. They volunteer for what is considered the exclusive duty. Their main duty is to act as (mostly ceremonial) guards outside the West Wing lobby, where they open and close the door for White House officials.

They work in 30-minute shifts for as long as the president is working in the West Wing, finishing when he retires to his private quarters. They are familiar sight to people who visit the White House and visible to tourists outside the gates on the Pennsylvania Avenue.
They aim to be solemn an unflinching. Colleagues lauded a Marine who didn’t react (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YUZGBGB1UU) when a Christmas tree feel next to him in 2006 as example for successors.

The Marines work while the President is at work in the West Wing, and finish he retires to his private quarters.

Attending events like Obama’s Rose Garden presser with Erdogan Thursday is another part of the Marines’ duties.

Neither the White House press office, nor a Marine Corp spokesman, Capt. Gregg Wolf, could immediatly cite another example of Marine’s holding up umbrellas for a president and visiting dignitary.

But Wolf said (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/16/marines-holding-umbrellas-extremely-rare/) it is “extremely rare.”

That's because male Marines normally aren’t allowed to handle umbrellas, which inhibit saluting, while in uniform, Wolf said.
But the Marines who helped out Obama Thursday need not worry. They were allowed to handle the umbrellas because the President requested it.
Female Marines, interestingly, can wield umbrellas, Wolf told the Daily News.

Here’s the order: "3035. UMBRELLAS (Female Marines). 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. Umbrellas may not be used/carried in formation nor will they be carried with the utility uniform.”So, effectively, Barry feminized two Marines... I'd give him a look of death too...

17th May 2013, 22:18
I do remember from years ago reading about the protocols in regard to the carrying of umbrellas. Essentially it was ok for the relatively effete Air Force, army and navy to use umbrellas in the event of precipitation. But it was a definite no, no for Marines. They needed to take it like a man, sorry Marine.

On the other hand, unless the President is a marine this protocol does not apply. Has there ever been a Marine president? The main thing in my opinion is that the Marine does not shelter under the umbrella.

But we do have to remember a certain American president who described the Marines as a PR agency with an army!

Airborne Aircrew
17th May 2013, 22:29

The President of the United States of America is a soldier, sailor, airman and marine. He is the highest power in all arms of the military, (I think he's a Coast Guard too).

As such, the useless ponce, is a marine, (I deliberately spelled that with the lower case), and he should act like one... at least where a little water is concerned...

17th May 2013, 23:14
I'm guessing you're Air Force then or army or.....! Oh dear, maybe I should have stayed out of inter service rivalry!

Airborne Aircrew
18th May 2013, 00:58

I'm none of the above...

Given my druthers regarding my service I am RAF Regiment... II Squadron to be precise. Happy and proud to say so. A Corps within the RAF. Separate yet involved... The protector of those unable to protect themselves*....

Barack remains a [email protected] despite your attempt at making it an "inter service" thing... :ok:

* If that doesn't get a bite then nothing will... :}

tony draper
18th May 2013, 08:17
Some of our chaps carried them
In the 1920's-30's, umbrella's were de jure for a regular army officer in
civilian town dress, as they were for any gentleman of that era. Whilst all
regimental standing orders differed in regard to their use, it was the norm
that umbrella's would only be unfurled in order to shelter a lady in
unclement weather.

In the Household Cavalry and the Brigade of Guards of that era,
umbrella's were only authorised (and compulsory) as a item of dress with city dress.

A A Gruntpuddock
18th May 2013, 09:20
Not from the USA or having any military connections, it looked to me as though this was a deliberate insult to the Marines.

18th May 2013, 09:26
Not from the USA or having any military connections, it looked to me as though this was a deliberate insult to the Marines.

Don't imagine it was although Obama definitely has a tin ear when it comes to tradition and sometimes demonstrates a lack of diplomatic courtesy that borders on the insulting.

It certainly would have done him no harm to stand in the rain and show his brotherhood with the guy next to him


18th May 2013, 09:38
Tradition ?

Hell, Obama even shakes the hand of a saluting Marine
that shows just how dumb he is.