The link below (Different Presidents. Different Corps.) is a short (less than 3 minutes) snippet of two occasions. Perhaps you will remember them in their entirety when we initially saw them on the news. For those who have not seen this, it’s a must-see. For those that have seen it, I urge you to watch it again. And please DO NOT fail to note the anchor’s words at the end. You’ll understand what I mean when you hear them.
September 2007. President Bush. Casual. No “Hail to the Chief” was ever allowed by President Bush during his military base visits. Video taken after the worst days of the war and after the surge created major progress in the region. The president is visiting the troops in Anbar Province, the home of the infamous Falluja and Ar Ramadi killing grounds. This visit took place after the province had been pacified. In other words, the Marines showed their love of Mr. Bush even after the darkest days of the war.
Camp Lejune. President Obama. Hail to the Chief plays and Obama enters with all the pomp and circumstance of a royal visit to the peasants. Obama knows that keeping the Marines locked at the position of attention means that no comparison can ever be made to the loving reception President Bush regularly received from the troops. Obama knows how the Marines feel and will always treat them exactly like the rabble he sees.