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)

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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