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Obama Tries Out His Salute
nytimes.com ^ | 12/21/08 | Jeff Zeleny

Posted on 12/21/2008 9:42:31 PM PST by melt

KAILUA, Hawaii – He’s not the commander in chief yet, but was President-elect Barack Obama briefly practicing his salute on Sunday?

On the first morning of his vacation here, Mr. Obama arrived at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii for his daily workout. As he walked out of the Semper Fit Center, his gray T-shirt soaked in sweat, he lifted his right hand and gave a quick salute to two Marines in fatigues who were standing in the distance.

The brief moment was not captured by cameras. Photographs and video were not permitted to be taken on the military base, according to campaign aides.

Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, opened their day with a 45-minute workout inside a large gymnasium at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, which is located on the Mokapu Penninsula on the windward side of Oahu, about 30 minutes outside Honolulu. It is sunny and warm here, a world away, at least in terms of the weather, from Chicago.

The Marine base seemed sleepy when the motorcade rolled through shortly after 7 a.m. Home to the 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Aircraft Group 24 and the 3rd Radio Battalion, the base is located only a few minutes from where the Obamas are staying, a rented home at the end of a series of cul-de-sacs (and security barricades) along Kailuana Place.

Mr. Obama, who arrived to his native Hawaii on Saturday afternoon, is taking a 13-day holiday vacation with his family and a few friends from Chicago. At least some work, though, followed him to Hawaii.

He is receiving his daily national security briefing and his transition team is scheduled on Monday or Tuesday to release an internal review of any contacts between his advisers and the Illinois governor’s office over filling his vacant Senate seat.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: bho2008; bhodod; cicobama; commander; obama; salute
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Lefty salute, fumbling with his cell phone"Nuclear Football".

This is going to be an interesting 4 years...

1 posted on 12/21/2008 9:42:32 PM PST by melt
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2 posted on 12/21/2008 9:44:09 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.)
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To: melt

I bet that’s painful for him to have to try and show respect.


3 posted on 12/21/2008 9:44:35 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: SmithL; Doohickey; patton; theDentist; Cyber Liberty; MHGinTN; EODGUY; melt; neverdem

WTF?

Oh yeah. He is a real CinC. Riiiiiiiiiight.

(At least Kerry knew what hand to use.)


4 posted on 12/21/2008 9:44:43 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: melt

what a dickwad


5 posted on 12/21/2008 9:50:05 PM PST by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: melt

Oh ..Puke!


6 posted on 12/21/2008 9:51:22 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: A_Former_Democrat
He could at least fake respect by learning protocol and not saluting at all .
7 posted on 12/21/2008 9:52:24 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know F/8 Cav)
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To: melt
A Muslim saluting with his left hand...

Verrry insulting.

8 posted on 12/21/2008 9:53:10 PM PST by Allegra
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To: melt

I remember that the first thing Clinton aides did in the White House was piss off the military. That began a rocky relationship. Probably more of the same from Obama and his staff.


9 posted on 12/21/2008 9:56:18 PM PST by BAW (Dear Santa, I can explain . . .)
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To: melt
I read somewhere that 80% of the entire military voted for McCain-Palin.

Gonna be interesting to see how much revenge Obama enacts on these folks for voting against his communist punk-@ss.

10 posted on 12/21/2008 9:59:41 PM PST by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: melt

Such thugscum.


11 posted on 12/21/2008 10:06:30 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: melt

I can’t believe this joke was elected president of our country.

WTF??

The more you think about it, the more shocking it really is. We elected a man that has ZERO accomplishments and experience. All he has ever done was deliver a speech at a DNC and defeat Hillary in the democrat primaries.


12 posted on 12/21/2008 10:09:00 PM PST by KoRn
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To: melt

Those Marines don’t have to salute him! BHO is nothing. He isn’t their senior in any form nor their commander. What a jerk. Left-handed, no less.


13 posted on 12/21/2008 10:10:38 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: Prole

Many are getting out. There will be a mass exodus just like the 2nd term of the Clinton regime. And with BHO’s intention to implement a civilian police force...you watch. There will also be a reinstatement of the draft. I’d bet every last dime.


14 posted on 12/21/2008 10:14:11 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: melt

Makes W look like a genius!


15 posted on 12/21/2008 10:16:04 PM PST by timestax ( CNNLIES)
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To: melt

16 posted on 12/21/2008 10:16:23 PM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: KoRn
The more you think about it, the more shocking it really is. We elected a man that has ZERO accomplishments and experience. All he has ever done was deliver a speech at a DNC and defeat Hillary in the democrat primaries.

I don't know who said it first but whoever coined the phrase "The great thing about America is that anybody can grow up to be president" sure as hell wasn't kidding.

17 posted on 12/21/2008 10:19:47 PM PST by blake6900 (YOUR AD HERE)
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To: melt

18 posted on 12/21/2008 10:20:04 PM PST by South40
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To: melt

I was wondering when that would come out. LOL He’s so much better at the middle finger salute.


19 posted on 12/21/2008 10:25:51 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

If he returns a salute Right Handed & briskly... then adds his smile, When the troop is just an enlistee... He might pull it off.

Should he show the contempt that First Lady Hillary did, for the lowest ranks, He’ll have problems.


20 posted on 12/21/2008 10:26:17 PM PST by PizzaDriver (an heinleinian/libertarian)
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To: melt

I respect the office he will hold.

But I will NEVER respect Obama.
I will NEVER forget or forgive his betrayal of our troops on the battlefield. He championed defeat, he voted against funding them, he accused them of war crimes.

Words fail.


21 posted on 12/21/2008 10:31:44 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares (Refusing to kneel before the socialist messiah. 1-20-13 Freedom Day.)
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To: melt
The article said no photos were taken..Photos are not allowed at certain parts of a military installation but the gym?
It will be a hoot to see him salute with his southpaw..I can tell you the Marines won't say word one but will have a good snicker about it. We had no respect for Clinton and this guy well may fall in that category too.
22 posted on 12/21/2008 10:32:14 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: KoRn

“The more you think about it, the more shocking it really is. “

That is something I have been thinking about the majority of the electorate. Do they really know what they did to our future? To the future of our republic?


23 posted on 12/21/2008 10:33:49 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and may have doomed us for a generation or more.)
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To: celtic gal

Why salute him when he on the president-elect? His isn’t CIC yet.


24 posted on 12/21/2008 10:34:56 PM PST by CT (Joe Biden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTwnwbG9YLE)
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To: melt

25 posted on 12/21/2008 10:35:45 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Prole

probably the same as the clintons... forced retirement for all war-time upper staff, clearing the way for the clintonian preferred


26 posted on 12/21/2008 10:35:53 PM PST by sten
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To: Prole

Along this line, there was an article in our local paper a week or two ago and some lady had done a study about the states that voted for McCain and the interesting thing was that of all the states, the red states have the greatest number of military personnel. Interesting that the blue states are far behind.And yes there was a study done or poll if you like, and the percent of military personnel who voted for McC is just about what you quoted. there are some of the younger troops that did go for 0bama but not many overall.
We may see a re awakening of silent contempt.


27 posted on 12/21/2008 10:36:17 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: KoRn

WE did not elect him..the dolts that voted for him did this and the rest of us are going to pay the price for this terrible turn of events.


28 posted on 12/21/2008 10:37:34 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: KoRn

...with a muslim middle name, while we are at war with muslim terrorists, just 7 years after 9/11. It is astounding.


29 posted on 12/21/2008 10:37:41 PM PST by PghBaldy (Why did Obama resign Seat when he did?)
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To: melt
Do they have anyone that goes over military protocol with the incoming CIC? Obama needs someone who knows to give him some instruction.

I bet the Marines nearby were hoping that Obama wasn't going to do something silly like salute them. The Marines aren't obligated to do anything but look at him and think "What's that dude doing?".

Obama is not in the executive chain of the military, has not been sworn in as President, isn't an officer of any kind, is saluting with his left hand, isn't facing anyone in particular, is holding an object in his hand, has no recognizable uniform, and for some bloody reason took the initiative to salute a USMC Lance Corporal.

"Who are you, man?" would be the appropriate response from the Marines at the scene. I hated seeing civilian VIPs on base for these reasons. I once saw Mexican Army generals getting a tour of Camp Pendleton and made sure everyone knew that they were nobodies.

30 posted on 12/21/2008 10:40:44 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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I know that..as a senator though I am not sure he doesn’t rate the salute..I personally would gag, find a way not to see him if you get my drift.


31 posted on 12/21/2008 10:41:50 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: melt
BO is just our very own Neville Chamberlain, looking for the first chance to screw us (meaning the United States) to death, as he attempts to make it all look 'noble'.

Just my HO...

32 posted on 12/21/2008 10:49:31 PM PST by Who is John Galt? ("Sometimes I have to break the law in order to meet my management objectives." - Bill Calkins, BLM)
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To: melt
Obama is proposing to change the hand salute...


33 posted on 12/21/2008 10:50:44 PM PST by Jeff Gordon ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last." Churchill)
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To: celtic gal
As a senator, he wouldn't rate a salute. It's irrelevant since he's already resigned his US Senate seat.

If Obama was Secretary of the Navy, he'd rate a salute.

34 posted on 12/21/2008 10:53:29 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: melt
Good grief!
35 posted on 12/21/2008 11:00:55 PM PST by Katarina (Democrats hate our Constitution, America and our Military.)
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To: melt

THIS WHOLE THING SICKENS ME. YES IAM YELLING


36 posted on 12/21/2008 11:01:14 PM PST by easternsky
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To: melt
I truly wonder if there is anybody close to Zero who knows enough to even teach him a proper salute, as well as when to salute and when NOT to salute. For example, when Zero saluted the Marines in the story, was he returning a salute (I hope)? Has anybody close to Zero ever served the nation?
37 posted on 12/21/2008 11:07:09 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: melt

you know it pains him to have to show respect for those he despises...


38 posted on 12/21/2008 11:19:33 PM PST by Ancient Drive (will)
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To: melt
> Mr. Obama, who arrived to his native Hawaii on Saturday afternoon

PROVE IT, Mr President!

39 posted on 12/21/2008 11:30:49 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: melt
PEBO is not POTUS just yet. A salute would not be in order.
40 posted on 12/21/2008 11:36:46 PM PST by Tainan (Yeah, its confusing. But what else is there to do?)
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To: Who is John Galt?

> BO is just our very own Neville Chamberlain

I think you do Chamberlain a disservice. Chamberlain was a gentleman, and would never keep company with traitors. He did, however, show remarkably poor judgment as it pertains to Hitler. Aside from that he was a good Englishman, through and through.

BHO, on the other hand, keeps company with traitors, and demonstrably is no gentleman, and it remains to be seen what his citizenship status is.


41 posted on 12/21/2008 11:39:09 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: Lancey Howard

> Has anybody close to Zero ever served the nation?

Perhaps at McDonalds...


42 posted on 12/21/2008 11:40:23 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: celtic gal
the percent of military personnel who voted for McC is just about what you quoted. there are some of the younger troops that did go for 0bama but not many overall. We may see a re awakening of silent contempt.

I saw a vehicle today with a yellow ribbon, a representation of a "silver star" flag, and a giant Obama "O" in the back window, along with a Texans for Obama sticker on the bumper. If I wore false teeth, I'd have dropped them.

43 posted on 12/21/2008 11:44:49 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: The KG9 Kid
I once saw Mexican Army generals getting a tour of Camp Pendleton and made sure everyone knew that they were nobodies.

But nobodies that are still due a salute as visiting officers, guests of your commanders from a mostly friendly country. Heck your supposed to salute the enemy, while you take his surrender. :)

44 posted on 12/21/2008 11:47:21 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: celtic gal
I know that..as a senator though I am not sure he doesn’t rate the salute.

I thought about that, but he's not a Senator anymore, he's already resigned. Hopefully that was a Bad Move.

45 posted on 12/21/2008 11:48:20 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: melt

Whatsa matta wit choo? Don’t be a foo!


46 posted on 12/21/2008 11:58:18 PM PST by TigersEye (I threw my shoe at Mohammed and hit Allah in the butt.)
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To: melt

Dipshittery


47 posted on 12/22/2008 12:12:01 AM PST by Force12
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To: melt

Why does he get to use a gym on a military base? How does that crap work?


48 posted on 12/22/2008 12:30:31 AM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: TexasTransplant

Well put!


49 posted on 12/22/2008 1:42:46 AM PST by DooDahhhh (AMEN)
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To: melt
Yo whuddup? He be my C-in-C! He down wid dat salute!" Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
50 posted on 12/22/2008 1:46:11 AM PST by mkjessup
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