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President Obama blasted for salute

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Posted at 10:34 AM, Sep 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-24 10:36:58-04

President Barack Obama is under fire on social media for the way he stepped off Marine One in New York City Tuesday on the way to the United Nations.

An Instagram video, posted on the official White House account, showed the president offering a salute to the Marines with a cup of coffee in his hand. (Warning: loud volume)

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President Obama just landed in New York for #UNGA2014. Watch him speak at 12:50pm ET on his plan to #ActOnClimate: http://wh.gov/climate-change

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The move was dubbed the “#LatteSalute” on Twitter. Many soon rallied to the president’s defense, point out that George W. Bush was often criticized for saluting while carrying his dog down the steps of Marine One and Air Force One: