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.