When you're the president of the United States, you don't hold your own umbrella. Highly trained Marines do it for you.
There was an unexpected bit of rain during a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday.
As drops fell on the two world leaders, President Barack Obama asked for some protection from the elements. "Why don't we get a couple of Marines," he said. "They're gonna look good next to us. Just 'cuz I've got a change of suits, but I don't know about our prime minister. There we go. [Gestures to press.] You guys, I'm sorry about."
Two dedicated Marines swooped in like hawks, open umbrellas at the ready. Those attending the news conference were presumably on their own.
The mockery began on Twitter almost immediately. One self-identified conservative posted a picture with a caption reading: "OBAMA CALLS IN MARINES TO HOLD HIS UMBRELLA."Read More »from Umbrella-toting Marines protect Obama, Turkish PM from raindrops