Even President Obama's use of umbrellas has become a scandal in the eyes of some Republicans.

On Thursday, during a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, Obama signaled to two Marines and asked them to protect him and his guest from the rain.

"I am going to go ahead and ask folks -- why don't we get a couple of Marines, they're going to look good next to us. Just because I've got a change of suits, but I don't know about our prime minister." Gesturing to the unprotected press, he added, "You guys, I'm sorry about..."