Jonathan Ladd, associate professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and the Department of Government, explained on Twitter that no president or vice president praised the military before Reagan. “The president is a civilian. Reagan was an actor who did not serve overseas in World War II, but with a flair for the spectacle and created the theatrical gesture,” Ladd said. He clarified in a follow-up tweet that “yes, mid-20th-century presidents sometimes returned soldiers’ greetings at special military events, and you can find photos.”
“But the routine military salute we’re talking about here goes back to Reagan in every source I’ve seen,” Ladd added.
In a 2015 Chicago Tribune titled “How to Thank a Veteran 101,” the veterans described the saluting civilians as worthy of the cringe. “The problem with saving veterans is that if you’re a civilian you really shouldn’t be doing it, ”said Coast Guard veteran Janine Siegal. US Army veteran Eric Potter told the Tribune: “In the military, saluting is part of the ceremony and it is very normative. If you are not in uniform, you cannot salute. The feeling is important, but sometimes it is embarrassing that someone do it to you. ” Veteran of the Mariceli army Serrano told the newspaper: “It’s part of our drill and ceremony and unless it’s a kid waving (cute) many of us cringe deep inside when we see uncomfortable salutes. , especially in Hollywood movies. “
Policy consultant Dave Wagner tweeted Thursday: “It’s cool to see Republicans fabricating controversies over Kamala Harris not saluting the troops as she boarded Air Force Two, as if the past four years of endless presidential embarrassment and ‘indignity hadn’t happened. Great stuff, guys. “
The GOP’s hypocrisy on the matter is laughable, given that no such criticism at Fox News has followed former Attorney General William Barr explaining on the hapless podcast Verdict with Ted Cruz this he prefers to be called a general even though he knows it is inappropriate. “It’s based on a mistake, but it’s luckBarr said. Fox News, is this your king?