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Obama Umbrellagate the latest “scandal”

Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin arriving in Lancaster, Pa. on Sept. 9, 2008. (Stephan Savoia/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

It’s Umbrellagate, the uproar over President Obama’s asking Marines to hold umbrellas for him and for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Rose Garden.

The Internet lit up as the controversy unfolded.

Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin weighed in Thursday night, blasting Obama and tweeting:

“Scandalous Hat Trick,” she wrote.

“Mr. President, when it rains it pours, but most Americans hold their own umbrellas. Today in...”

Well, not always.

(At least Palin used a campaign aide.)

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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