Just because it displays Obama in all his arrogant contempt; contempt for the military, its traditions, and the country. Even in Britain – especially in Britain – they are not impressed.
Marines are forbidden to carry umbrellas while in uniform and are to refuse an order to do so, even if that order is issued by a resident Kenyan: .
According to Marine Corps regulations, not even the President of the United States can request a Marine to carry an umbrella without the express permission of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
The Marine Corp Manual, which is the bible for all soldiers serving, specifically states that a soldier’s uniform dress code does not allow the carrying of an umbrella and ‘no officer or official shall issue instructions which conflict with, alter, or amend any provision without the approval of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.’
But that doesn’t apply to Marines serving as butlers, White House spokesman Jay Carney explained, “and if you look, you’ll see that’s how the president was using them. Yeah, he could have used one of his half-dozen aides milling around, but those slobs don’t look sharp, the way Marines do.”
UPDATE: It’s a family tradition