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25-05-2013 20:37

Selingan - Obama Langgar Protokol Marinir ( lagi )

Presiden Amerika Serikat (AS) Barack Obama melanggar protokol militer ketika memasuki helikopter Marine One. Tepat setelah salah satu prajurit memberikan hormat kepada Obama di dekat helikopter, Obama justru langsung masuk ke helikopter.

Meski demikian, beberapa saat kemudian presiden berkulit hitam itu langsung keluar dari helikopter, menghampiri prajurit itu, dan menyalaminya. Obama tampaknya menyadari kesalahannya karena sudah melanggar protokol. Demikian, seperti diberitakan Daily Mail, Sabtu (25/5/2013).

Ketika menyalami prajurit Marinir itu, Obama pun tampak tersenyum. Obama sepertinya mengutarakan leluconnya ke prajurit itu, karena lupa membalas hormatnya.

Seperti diketahui, pelanggaran protokol itu bukanlah pelanggaran pertama yang dilakukan oleh Obama selaku panglima tertinggi militer. Pada pekan lalu, Obama juga dikritik ketika meminta dua prajurit Marinir yang mengenakan seragam untuk megang payung untuknya saat berpidato Perdana Menteri Turki Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Pensiunan Angkatan Udara AS, Letjen Thomas McInereney, mengatakan bahwa Presiden AS saat itu sudah menghina Marinir. Para prajurit Marinir yang diminta memegang payung itu terlihat bak seorang pelayan restoran.

"Presiden sudah kehujanan sebelum payung dan Marinir itu datang. Saya rasa hal ini sama saja dengan menghina Marinir," ujar McInerney.



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Selingan - Obama Langgar Protokol Marinir ( lagi )
26-05-2013 15:20

To salute or not? Obama's handshake sparks debate

Quote:Original Posted By HHSam
The Marine saluting and the President.

Dekonstruksi masalah agar mudah dilihat dari kacamata politics and statesmanship di US adalah sebagai berikut.

1. The young Marine adalah representation of the Nation.
2. The CiC adalah representation of the mandated executive.
3. Both representations should be saluting each other.

Don't have to salute the rank but salute the representation thereof. As simple as that.

The Corporate respect the CEO as their elected leader, and the CEO respect the Corporate who writes his paycheck every now and then. emoticon-Cendol (S)

A true leader is bound to be set as example.
What examples do we have so far?


(CNN) – Fans of "The West Wing" remember well the fake President Josiah Bartlett's advice when boarding the presidential helicopter, Marine One: duck.

He might easily have offered this advice as well: salute.
Those who closely watch the president's every step and gesture noticed Friday he didn't salute the Marine standing guard at the foot of the chopper's stairs. After boarding and then shaking hands with the pilots, he quickly exited the chopper, and offered a handshake to the Marine at the steps, then returned for the short ride to Annapolis, Maryland for the United States Naval Academy commencement.

It's become tradition for presidents to salute the military officers he encounters when boarding the official helicopter, a tradition which is widely understood as begun by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

But to not salute is not a break in protocol or a violation of any rule.

Nor was it likely a slight to the military. After all, Obama told the graduates in Annapolis later Friday morning, "Today we salute all the Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in these wars, including 18 graduates of this Academy. We honor them all, now and forever."

The tradition is believed to have been started by Reagan. The story goes that he consulted the Marine Corps commandant who "told the president that as commander in chief he could salute anybody he wished," Smithsonian Magazine editor Carey Winfrey wrote in the New York Times.

It's not thought that President Dwight Eisenhower, who attained the rank of five-star general prior to his election and was the first commander-in-chief to ride a helicopter, saluted his pilot, and those before him would not have had the chance.

A hallmark of the U.S. military is that it is overseen by a civilian commander-in-chief. Some suggest the presidential salute to the troops is a sign of respect; others say it is not customary to offer a salute when out of uniform, and a sign of the over-militarization of the presidency.

And while the helicopter's rotor blades aren't spinning when a president approaches, there is still a reason for him to duck. It's to avoid hitting his head on the door opening which is a little low. (That noise you hear in the video is the aerial power unit on the helicopter running ahead of engaging the rotors.)

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