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Obama chews gum at D-Day ceremony and gets criticized for being disrespectful

Barack Obama at the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2014.
Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

President Barack Obama chomped and chewed on gum while attending a D-Day celebration in France on Friday. The president was working his jaw as Queen Elizabeth II was introduced, and the cameras caught Obama going at it. In response to his chomping away, social media blew up with negative comments about our president’s actions. In a word, Obama’s chomping was summed up as disrespectful – as a matter of fact, it has been summed up as being extremely disrespectful according to many, as reported by the Washington Post on Friday.

On Twitter, specifically, tweeters (or those sending social media messages) really ripped into Obama who was seen at the historic, high-profiled 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Some of the adjectives used to describe Obama’s chewing during the solemn ceremony include – but are not limited to – shameful and vulgar. Sarcasm was asserted as well when one called the president "classy." One suggested that Obama might want a Coke to go with that gum. All in all, the disapproving social media users found his demeanor completely repulsively disrespectful for the event.

Some reports on the situation, such as the report from Newsmax, suggest that President Obama should have learned from past experiences – but he obviously hasn’t. In the recent past, Obama was criticized profusely for his chomping away on gum nonchalantly at the funeral of Nelson Mandela last December. At that event, he was also criticized for taking a selfie with other international elites and yucking it up with them.

In Obama’s defense, it has also been reported that he still has urges to smoke cigarettes. He reportedly stopped smoking in the recent past, but he frequently gets cravings. Therefore, his gum-chewing may have a lot to do with the urge to smoke. There are those who believe the gum Obama reaches out to so often is a nicotine-based gum designed to satisfy his cravings for a cigarette, according to Breitbart.

It seems Obama just can’t a break this week. He has been criticized at home and abroad where he traveled Europe before and after attending 2014 the G7 Summit. While abroad, criticism of the president’s swap of five Taliban terrorists for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been incredibly strong.

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