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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
Wingnuts contrive another silly Obama “scandal” — Umbrella-gate!
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May 18, 2013 11:18 a.m.



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When U.S. Marines were shown providing umbrella coverage for President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a Rose Garden news conference the other day (see top photo above), the right-wing noise machine went into high gear.

The prevailing opinion among the Obamaphobes was that it was disrespectful of the president to have uniformed members of the U.S. military hold his umbrella.

But, of course, Obama’s not the first president to so utilize our military men, as the photo above of George H.W. Bush will attest.

Sarah Palin’s snarky comment on Umbrella-gate (“Mr. President, when it rains it ...

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