By Amie Parnes - 05/24/13 03:26 PM EDT
President Obama boarded Marine One on Friday without returning the salute of the Marine who stood at the helicopter's steps.
Quickly realizing the break from tradition and presidential etiquette, Obama — who was traveling to Annapolis, Md., — emerged from the chopper, walked down the steps and shook hands with the Marine, the pool report noted. It added that Obama also engaged in a brief conversation.
Obama has had a difficult few weeks in office. The White House has been forced to contend with a trio of controversies that have challenged his ability to push his second-term agenda.