Whatever you think of President Obama, or of the American presidency itself, on many levels this is a strange use of a U.S. Marine.
To be clear: Presented with photographs showing a long and robust precedent, and establishing that many Presidents have enjoyed this same and particular service, I’d wager that most past and present grunts would say the same thing.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPH
By Doug Mills. The New York Times. Today, accompanying this.
From the tractor works in Minsk, this old Soviet beast has made life much easier this spring, and helped us expand the plantings. Dan calls her the AK-47 of farm machines and points to the utilitarian streak in her design (30-weight motor oil serves as her hydraulic fluid; the oil filter need only be cleaned, not replaced, etc) that would make her a labor-multiplying machine under circumstances in which a fussier tractor might fail. That may be so. But she’s a hell of a lot harder to master than a Kalashnikov. Believe me, because I’m trying.