Obama Forgets To Return Salute Of US Marine

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President Barack Obama greets a Marine after forgetting to salute him while boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 24, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama greets a Marine after forgetting to salute him while boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on May 24, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – President Barack Obama made a blunder before boarding Marine One Friday morning.

CBS News Radio White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports that the president forgot to return the salute of the U.S. Marine as he headed onto Marine One. Realizing his mistake, Obama went back to shake the Marine’s hand and talked to him before taking off.

Obama boarded Marine One to head to Annapolis, Md., to address the U.S. Naval Academy graduates. It’s a tradition for presidents to speak at the commissioning ceremony.

The academy says 16 presidents have addressed graduates and Obama is the sixth to do so twice. He addressed 2009 graduates.

Another highlight of the Naval Academy graduation is off this year. The Navy’s Blue Angles aerobatic team won’t perform because of budget cuts due to a fight between Obama and congressional Republicans.

On Thursday at the National Defense University, Obama defended his controversial drone strikes program and renewed his push to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility.

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