AP photographer has chronicled several presidents’ ‘umbrella problems’

It’s been a rough week for President Obama, whose administration is facing a trio of controversies. On Thursday, he created one more: A U.S. Marine held an umbrella for the president while he gave a press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.

Rachel Weiner rounds up some of the political hay some are making of the moment, which landed on the front pages of the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and the Los Angeles Times Friday (all images courtesy the Newseum).

One of Charles Dharapak’s widely used photos.

AP photographer Charles Dharapak took those shots, and he tweeted thanks to well-wishers Friday.

He linked to this shot of President Bush:

President Bush at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., in 2004. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Further examination of the AP Images archives finds a wealth of Dharapak shots of commanders-in-chief and umbrellas, a pairing of which he may be the world’s foremost chronicler:

Bill and Chelsea Clinton in Brunei, 2000. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama at Andrews Air Force Base in February 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama in 2009. Conspiracy theorists take note: This umbrella shot was TAKEN in Turkey. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in Toronto, June 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama and then Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Arlington, Va., in 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

And finally, from that same Bush-with-umbrella set:

President Bush and United States Air Force Deputy Wing Commander Col. John R. Ranck, Jr., at Andrews Air Force Base in 2004 (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Related: The incidence of Marines holding umbrellas for the president is “extremely rare” (CNN)

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  • stormkite

    RWNJ have an “unwritten” rule about these things… used to be the “one drop of blood” theory. No matter what President Obama does, doesn’t do, orders, doesn’t order… it’s wrong. We know, in advance, that it’s wrong. We know he’s guilty. The only question is : guilty of what?

  • Blake Kennington

    BTW, I would not be honored to do it.

  • Blake Kennington

    Jay and Neil, It is NOT the duty of enlisted personnel to follow every order given by a superior officer. It is their duty to follow direct lawful orders and none that can misconstrued as personal servitude. As an active duty Marine, I did not like the fact that the corporal was holding the umbrella. The President could have held it himself. I would feel the same way no matter who the person. If the Marine would have offered to hold it for him, that’s different, but he was told to do so, and of course he is going to follow that order be it lawful or not.

  • Otto Sernatinger

    Not a Marine!

  • http://www.facebook.com/left.coast.735 Left Coast

    I would like to know the source of the pics you linked to. After all the one with the man behind hime doesn’t look like any of our military personell and the first one is pretty bad quality and it could be a Green Beret but could also be foriegn military. Where were the pics taken and under what circumstances?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000129410507 Neil Anderson

    It is the “duty” of enlisted personnel do as they are ordered WITHOUT QUESTION by their superiors. Carrying out those orders to perfection regardless of its simplicity or complexity in a professional and dignified manner is where we find our honor.

    I am so damn sick of you know-it-all armchair warrior wannabes thinking you have some glorified knowledge of what it’s like to be in the military. Do everyone a favor and STFU when it comes to things you know nothing about. I would have been honored to hold the umbrella of my Commander In Chief regardless of whatever party he represented – as would ANY of my brothers and sisters in arms.

    People like you make me sick.

  • http://nptn.in/ Nik
  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.goley Jay Goley

    You didn’t look hard, did you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.goley Jay Goley

    All I could find was soldiers. Do they count?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.goley Jay Goley

    It is the duty of a member of the American military to follow the orders of his superior officer. The commander in chief is superior to every member of the military. It was, therefore, the duty of these Marines — they don’t call themselves soldiers, by the way — to hold those umbrellas, and they performed their duty in a military manner. If you had ever been a member of the military you would have known that enlisted men perform all sorts of such functions. Holding an umbrella is not dishonorable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.lee.125 Jennifer Newlun

    Its not the duty of a soldier to hold an umbrella over anybody’s head either party when you order a solider to do that then you are not showing the service men and women honor.

  • Justine00

    Chronicling umbrellas and presidents? Don’t forget this one:

  • georrgi66
  • georrgi66

    Really, you media types should be ashamed of yourselves. You know Obama breathing while president drives the GOP crazy, yet you persist in giving them a megaphone. What stories are you not covering, while bewitched by umbrellas?

  • sargeh

    But in all GWH is holding the umbrella.

  • sargeh

    No but they did reveal images of Bush holding an umbrella for a serviceman and several of Reagan holding an umbrella for other people.

  • http://twitter.com/GridFatigue Sean Malloy

    I’m just guessing now (you know like the wingers do) that the Marine regs deal with ‘personal use’ of umbrellas and not any use White House Honor Guards might have when dealing with dignitaries. One if the small points of logical thought Rethugs keep tripping over in their panic.

  • A H

    There are a few of GHW Bush on google.

  • tulacytabub

     “$21840″ just working on the internet “for” a few hours. “Read”more on 

  • tulacytabub

    Further examination of the AP Images archives finds a wealth of Dharapak
    shots of commanders-in-chief and umbrellas, a pairing of which he may
    be the world’s foremost chronicler:

  • http://aconservativeteacher.blogspot.com aconservativeteacher

    Did anyone ever find an image of a Marine holding an umbrella for Bush?

  • Woor9649

    Further examination of the AP Images archives finds a wealth of Dharapak
    shots of commanders-in-chief and umbrellas, a pairing of which he may
    be the world’s foremost chronicler: