Thursday, 29 January 2009

Banned From Band

One of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen.

Band Major John Coleman was suspended from his marching band after he returned President Obama's wave with a wink and a small wave of his own. He was accused of breaching 'military protocol' for returning the President's gesture.

I say, screw protocol. What John Coleman did was to give the President an approving wink and a wave that acknowledged he saw Obama's gesture. John Coleman was so hurt at his suspension that he quit the band after the incident. Poor guy. Mr. Coleman, if it's any consolation, I would have done exactly the same thing were I in your shoes, protocol be damned. The man you winked at is the President of the United States of America.

CNN's take:



  1. Hi Jay

    He winked. But there should be nothing wrong with that. Anyway, there are different opinions on respect and degree of formality to be given to the president so...

    I miss you.

  2. Yeah I can see that he did. In my books, there was nothing wrong with acknowledging your commander-in-chief approvingly. Barack Obama is not God; he is a human being who rose from the humblest of beginnings, to become the most powerful man in the world. A wink is something I am sure he has done to a respected mentor/leader of his. :)