With all that man has to think about, it's no wonder that he makes the odd mistake! I do wish the press would give him a break and leave him in peace to do his job!
It looked to me from the video that Obama, not surprisingly, was looking preoccupied with something. Also the marine wasn't standing at the foot of the steps but was a few feet beyond them, which seemed a bit silly to me, but no doubt there's a reason.
Typical of the American press. God he is the president as long as he is polite and says thanks what's the beef. I would hate for myself and family under the constant gaze of the press and others.
I can understand why the US press could get excited about it because it strikes me that Americans want perfection in everything, and Obama isn't short of detractors anyway, but I do object to sensationalist papers like the Daily Mail sticking their noses into what really is none of their or our business unless it's something serious. Also the Republicans will do everything they can to discredit him and incidents like this are manna to them.
As for the umbrella 'gaffe' - what a farce. For a start, these men have gone through the extremely tough boot camps as part of their recruitment training, so are they likely to fall apart if some rain falls on them?