Twitter on the other side of the Atlantic has gone into meltdown after President Obama did something unspeakable with a coffee cup on Tuesday.
#LatteSalute, as the gesture is being called, was captured on a White House Instagram video when Obama disembarked his Marine One helicopter in New York City on his way to the United Nations.
But saluting marines whilst holding a coffee cup is serious business in the US, with Obama's act prompting claims of pure disrespect and anti-America significance verging on treason.
The U.S. Navy manual on customs and courtesies does state that saluting is "the most important of all military courtesies" and recommends not saluting when one is "carrying articles with both hands or being otherwise so occupied as to make saluting impractical.
But some took it very personally indeed, a definite sign the US president hates America.
If there was ever any doubt as 2 the level of regard Obama holds for our military, this latte salute seals the deal http://t.co/9Hy6QeN4hM— Allen West (@AllenWest) September 23, 2014
Wait - did President Obama just salute the Marines with a LATTE in his hand?! http://t.co/nV7iZwQG4b— NRCC (@NRCC) September 23, 2014
— Terry in the Hills (@UpInTheHills) September 24, 2014ADVERTISEMENT
OBAMA IS A FLIM FLAM CARNIVAL BARKER WHO HATES AMERICA AND PROMOTES CLASS WARFARE AND RACISM!!!— Phx Ken (@PhxKen) September 24, 2014
Obviously ol' Trump and Hannity had an opinion.
Have you seen Obama's "latte salute" to the Marines? Tune into #Hannity right now.— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) September 24, 2014
They were really, really mad.
0bama just oozes disrespect.
For everything American.
Obama salutes Marines with coffee cup - Washington Times http://t.co/9ImEV8bPnQ— FredZeppelin (@FredZeppelin12) September 24, 2014
Hey Obama, one reason US MILITARY RESPECTED Bush & Reagan is because THEY RESPECTED THE TROOPS, while YOU show MORE respect for your latte!— David Higgins (@dhiggins63) September 24, 2014
Dan even came armed with a Wikipedia entry to back up his bluster.
Point being, Obama's 'latte salute' suggests emotional immaturity and classic "passive-aggressive behavior" http://t.co/25Tmm78u6d— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) September 24, 2014
Bush did send quite a few of them to war though...
This person even thought Nick Clegg was to blame.
And then the conspiracy grew even bigger.
The president is left handed why was he carrying the latte in his right hand? Just wondering mr. President #LatteSalute— billy patterson (@billythekid1299) September 24, 2014
But the calmer people out there saw it as an opportunity to rattle off a good pun or two.
Obama's coffee salute is especially outrageous to those who think he is going to war too latte.— Jim Antle (@jimantle) September 24, 2014
And others sought to add a little perspective.
This #LatteSalute thing is ridiculous. Give the Prez a break! He's the best!— Colin J. Warnock (@ColinJWarnock) September 24, 2014
Then Sally Kohn blew the thing right out of the water...
But of course, some still had an answer for it no matter how ridiculous and petty it made them sound.
To be fair, @gracels has a point with the Bush Barney photo - Obama would have put the dog down and let him pee on the Marine's leg.— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) September 24, 2014
And let us not forget the time last year when Obama actually went back and apologised to a Marine he'd forgotten to salute.