#LatteSalute: Obama under fire for saluting marines with coffee cup in hand

#LatteSalute: Obama under fire for saluting marines with coffee cup in hand
President Obama has greeted marines with a more-than-casual gesture – he saluted them while holding a cup of coffee in his hand. The video of the episode, posted on the White House’s Instagram, has provoked an avalanche of criticism.

The controversial gesture was in response to a formal salute by the military, when Obama stepped off his US Marine Corps helicopter in New York on Sunday.

The Instagram video featuring the moment has gone viral on social media, with Twitter users assigning a #LatteSalute hashtag to their posts on the incident.

The most common reaction has been to accuse Obama of showing disrespect toward the military and at a highly inappropriate moment – just as the US is launching airstrikes against ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria, and killing civilians in the process.

Many also wondered why the episode was even appearing on the White House’s official social media account.

Some also recalled a previous awkward salute by a US president, posting photos of George W. Bush, who saluted while holding his dog in 2001.