Writing over at Bottom Line Up Front, Amy Proctor compares the reception that Marines gave President Bush to the “tepid” response that they gave the new CinC when he used them as props for his Iraq withdrawal speech.
Watch the video on her blog entry on this. Notice how the Marines are completely silent as President Urkel enters the room. You could not have ordered the Marines to do that when the previous President appeared… they were always raucus. They know that they have a lot more in common with the previous President (regular guy real man) than the new one (effete metrosexual beta male), and unlike Mr Obama the previous President never trashed them in campaign speeches in order to gain political points with the Daily Kos crowd.
Marines respect men of action more than men of slick (but all too often empty) words. And they can tell the difference between someone who truly respects them and someone who pays lip service to it simply because he knows that [we] rednecks in flyover country deeply respect Marines and their toughness.