John Coleman Crossed the Drum Line


John Coleman

Ohio firefighter and marching band member, John Coleman, quit his position as drum major today after being suspended from the musical group for nodding and waving to President Obama during last week’s inauguration parade.

Cleveland Firefighter’s Memorial Pipes and Drums was one of dozens of bands to march in the parade. All members were told that gestures are not cool during a military parade, but Coleman said Obama did it first and it would’ve been rude not to wave back. (Video of the wave is available here.)

Coleman faced a six month suspension (from the band not the firefighting force), but said he didn’t want to return because there were “too many bridges burned with the pipe band, too many hurt feelings on both sides.”

I can hear the sad lament of a French horn now.

If Obama waved and smiled at you, what would you do?


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