Obama’s controversial latte salute has entered the world of self-parody — and it’s hilarious.
Maximilian Uriarte, the grunt-turned satirist who created the “Terminal Lance” comic strip, posted a slew of pictures on Facebook of people doing their own salute with a beverage in hand. We can’t guarantee they are all Marines, but the vast majority of Uriarte’s audience is comprised of active and discharged Marines. Some substituted the latte for a beer, a glass of scotch, a giant bottle of vodka or put on a horse mask and saluted with a half-filled bottle soy sauce (that contributor wrote “Of course I was drinking soy sauce. Horses love soy sauce. How do I type with these hooves?”)
Some were cross-eyed, others were left-handed, they all looked pretty derpy and hilarious.
Here’s some of what Uriarte posted:
Earlier this week the White House posted a short clip on Instagram of the president leaving Marine One, and rendering a salute with a coffee in his right hand. In uniform this type of salute is a big no-no, and it sparked a debate about whether Obama was disrespectful or, as the commander in chief and civilian, he can salute (or not salute) however he pleases. Of course, debates like this fell into partisan camps faster than you can chug a shot of espresso.
Uriarte, like he always does when debates like this emerge, said he stayed out of the fray and just looked for the laughs.