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Marines At the White House Are Showing Respect for George W. Bush That
They Did Not Show to President Clinton-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
The eRumor claims that the Marines of the presidential "Marine
One" helicopter are showing George W. Bush greater respect than
they did Bill Clinton. It says that recently, the Marine who
met the president as he stepped off the helicopter faced President
Bush even as the president walked away...something that was not done
during the previous presidency.
Harry Levins of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looked into this one and
found it fiction.
In an article from March 10, 2001, he quotes a spokesperson from Marine Corps headquarters
as flatly denying the eRumor. The spokesperson said the
Marines assigned to the president's helicopter have a protocol for
greeting the president and have used it equally for both Mr. Clinton
and Mr. Bush. That is that the
The Marine at the bottom of the steps salutes the president. As soon as the salute is returned, the Marine does a right face to
face the president's back. The Marine holds that position until the president "has moved a comfortable distance
Any Marines departing from that would not be disrespecting the man,
but the presidency, and that would not be tolerated.
A real example of the story as it has
Military Courtesy Change
This morning on CNN George W. was shown leaving 'Marine One
Helicopter. The Marine enlisted man at the front step saluted, GW
returned it, and as GW walked away, the Marine executed a right
face to stand facing GW's back... something that was not done in
eight years of the Clinton presidency.
This traditional Marine Corps mark of respect was rendered to the
new president. The Marine's respectful facing maneuver goes back
to the days of sailing ships with rigging, when the Marine orderly
the ship's Captain always faced him, no matter the direction of
Captain's movement, so to be ready to receive an order from the
Who says that the enlisted force could not withhold respect from
individual who didn't deserve their respect as a person? For eight
years, they did. And for eight years Clinton and his civilian
advisors didn't know enough about the military they were
"commanding" to realize what the enlisted Marines were
doing (or rather not doing).
Leave it to the Marines to speak so loudly without ever uttering a
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