The President of the United States can do a proper salute, a latte salute or no salute at all ... according to the Marine Corps.
Obama's taken more heat than an extra-hot mocha for saluting his Marine detail with coffee cup in hand.
A Marine official tells TMZ, there's no salute etiquette when it comes to the Commander in Chief, adding, "However he conducts himself walking out of an aircraft is sufficient."
That may sound like sucking up, but fact is there's Presidential precedent. Take a look at W struggling to fire off a salute with Barney in hand.
However he wants to espresso himself.
Opinions On Coffee Salute
... Split Half and Half
9/23/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
President Barack Obama's casual salute while walking off Marine One has landed POTUS in some very hot water.
Barack and Michelle Obama touched down in NYC Tuesday to speak at the U.N., and he saluted his Marine Corps guards while still gripping a cup of Joe in his right hand.
Critics jumped on BO, claiming it was an un-Presidential break from protocol -- while supporters call it
Obviously, the White House didn't think it was a big deal since the vid was posted on its official Instagram.
So we gotta ask ...
Gov. Rick Perry
My Anti-Abortion Law Could Have
Saved Joan Rivers' Life
9/22/2014 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Texas Governor Rick Perry thinks Joan Rivers might still be alive if his controversial anti-abortion law was in effect in New York.
The law requires clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards. It became law last year, but a judge recently put it on ice.
Perry was speaking at an event Sunday and randomly brought up Rivers … wondering if she would still be alive if Yorkville Endoscopy were subject to the tighter regulations.
We're pretty sure ... Joan would not approve.
I'm NOT Meeting With ISIS
9/20/2014 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dennis Rodman is NOT en route to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to engage in peace talks ... contrary to a ridiculous report that almost seemed believable ... because ... well ... he's Rodman.
Earlier this week a story surfaced saying Rodman told was on his way to the airport to leave for the Middle East when he said, “I think if I could just talk with the leaders of ISIS they would see the errors of their ways."
But Rodman's rep says the report is total crap ... telling TMZ Sports the retired basketball player is in Hong Kong for business meetings.
So, if you're keeping score at home ... North Korea, yes. ISIS, no.
Clinton, Obama, Clooney
Lawyer Who Photoshopped Them Faces Discipline
9/18/2014 5:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An L.A. lawyer apparently thinks she can attract clients by making it seem like she's a celebrity magnet -- rubbing elbows with the likes of George Clooney, Obama, Clinton, Jamie Foxx, Dr. Phil, and on and on. Problem is ... she Photoshopped them all, and now the State Bar is coming down on her like a hammer.
Svitlana Sangary plastered a bunch of pics on her website, touting her celeb friends. Gotta say ... she did a great Photoshopping job. But clearly it didn't amuse the likes of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Eva Longoria, Brooke Shields, Ellen, Shaq and others.
The State Bar considers the pics false and deceptive advertising, since the pics plastered all over her website are clearly designed to attract clients.
So she now faces a 6-month suspension from the State Bar.
FYI ... Her Yelp reviews aren't great. Users call her "scum" and an "unethical crook."
Shakespeare ... you said what?
NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
MAKES CASE FOR CONDOLEEZZA
... For NFL Commish
9/18/2014 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The whole "Condoleezza Rice for NFL Commissioner" movement is picking up some serious steam ... and now NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is making the case for why Condi should get the job.
Kirsten was out in D.C. where she made it clear that Condoleezza is a serious contender -- especially with all of the drama surrounding the current commish, Roger Goodell.
When asked if the Senate would be "taking a look" at the NFL scandals ... Gillibrand said she wouldn't be surprised.
As for Rice, John McCain already said he believes she could help the NFL ... especially because Goodell has some serious "credibility issues."
Mexican Flag Ass Stunt
Triggers Criminal Investigation
9/18/2014 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus could go to jail for getting her ass whipped on stage ... with a Mexican flag.
Miley was performing Tuesday night -- on Mexican Independence Day, mind you -- in Monterrey, Mexico when one of her dancers slapped her prosthetic butt with a Mexican flag.
Apparently Mexican officials are super sensitive about disrespecting national symbols so the congress of the state of Nuevo Leon wants her prosecuted. The crime of desecration carries a $1,200 fine and a 36 hour jail sentence.
It wouldn't be the first time a singer crossed the line South of the border. Paulina Rubio was fined $4K for appearing naked in a mag ... draped in a Mexican flag.
Will Miley's butt ever learn?
Making Up Is
Hard to Do
9/16/2014 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Congress to Goodell:
Stop BS'ing America
Come Clean On Ray Rice Tape
9/10/2014 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The United States Congress has inserted itself in the Ray Rice scandal ... the House Judiciary Committee has just fired off a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ... demanding that he come clean.
The letter -- signed by 12 members of the Committee and obtained by TMZ Sports -- notes that Goodell has said he had requested the video but never got it. But the Committee is skeptical, writing, "To our knowledge the public has not been informed as to specifically how and in what context the request was made, and specifically how relevant law enforcement responded."
TMZ has reported ... Goodell's request was to law enforcement but NOT the Casino, which would have gladly anted up the video. And we reported Rice's lawyer had a copy.
The Committee goes on, "Nor has there been a full explanation as to whether the video was requested of others, such as Mr. Rice's attorney or the casino where the incident occurred (and if not, why not), or whether any employees, agents, or consultants of the league or any of its teams outside of your office had access of the video prior to September 8."
The Committee is demanding "greater transparency and explanations on these matters."
GOODELL HAS 'CREDIBILITY ISSUES'
Should Call Condoleezza for Help
9/10/2014 8:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Senator John McCain says Roger Goodell has serious "credibility issues" ... and should get Condoleezza Rice on the phone ASAP to help clean up his mess.
McCain was out in D.C. Tuesday when he was asked how he felt about the Ray Rice video and how the NFL was handling the situation -- and that's when McCain fired the shot at Goodell.
As for talk that Condoleezza could replace Goodell as NFL Commish, McCain doesn't exactly sign off on that -- but says Rice "would be a good person for [Goodell] to call in and have a discussion with."
He adds, "I think she could help him."
FYI -- Condoleezza is a huge football fan and has expressed interest in the NFL job before. She's currently on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.
As for McCain, he took one last parting shot ... at his beloved Arizona Diamondbacks.
No Tee Time for You!
Dissed by Trump Golf Course
9/10/2014 7:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
President Barack Obama's ongoing rivalry with Donald Trump may have hit him where it really hurts -- the golf course ... as the Prez was reportedly denied a tee time at one of Trump's famous courses over Labor Day weekend.
Obama tried to get tee times at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, NY -- but his advance team was turned away ... according to WNBC. A couple of other top notch courses -- the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge -- also refused the Commander-in-Chief.
WNBC says the club managers explained that giving the President a tee time would require shutting down the whole course and stiffing their own high-paying members.
But c'mon, Trump would have made an exception ... if Barack had a birth certificate on him.
Mother's Road To Presidency Gets A Bump
9/9/2014 1:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chelsea Clinton's baby bump is getting bigger and bigger ... which means her mother's decision to run for President could be getting closer and closer.
Hillary Clinton famously said she wants to wait until becoming a grandma before declaring her candidacy for the highest office in the land ... and this pic shows that call may be coming sooner rather than later.
Of course, as far as we can see, the most important soon-to-be grandchild in the free world (sorry, Prince George) has no security anywhere in sight.
Somebody get that kid a secret serviceman ... and a publicist ... STAT!
Ray Rice Is Not a 'Real Man'
9/9/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Real men don't hit women ... so says President Barack Obama -- who issued a scathing statement against domestic abuse in the wake of the Ray Rice elevator video posted on TMZ Sports.
Moments after Rice was cut from the Baltimore Ravens Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest issued a statement saying, "The President is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society."
"Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that's true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors."
"Stopping domestic violence is something that's bigger than football – and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it."