5 Photos You Didn't See From Obama's Trip to the UN

Conservative news outlets are flipping out over President Obama's "latte salute."

President Obama saluted two Marines while exiting Marine One in New York City on Tuesday as he held a coffee cup in the same hand. The video went viral after the White House posted the video to Instagram:

While it is protocol for U.S. service members in uniform to salute the commander in chief, it's not required for a civilian president to salute back, military experts told Yahoo News.

The reaction was swift. Karl Rover blasted the move as "insensitive," dubbing Obama a "chai-swillin', golf-playin', basketball trash-talkin'" commander-in-chief. The GOP is already fundraising off the photo with Semper Latte. And Twitter users also expressed their outrage over what many perceived as disrespect toward America's fighting men and women:


In reality, the social media firestorm and cable news talking heads are letting a silly Instagram video completely overshadow Obama's historic address to the United Nations on international efforts to combat climate change. With Ebola and the battle against Islamic State militants on the docket for the UN General Assembly meeting in New York this week, the media should find more important topics to focus on.

With that said, here are five photos that Americans should actually be fixating on:

President Obama shakes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's hand following his address to the UN General Aseembly


President Barack Obama shakes hands with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon after addressing the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters
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Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

President Obama meets with representatives of the five Arab nations involved in air strikes against the Islamic Sate in Syria

President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and other officials, meet with the representatives of Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and United Arab Emirates in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Obama met with the five Arab nations who participated in strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria.
Source: 
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

President Obama meets with former President Bill Clinton

President Barack Obama is greeted by former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Obama is in New York for three days of talks with foreign leaders at the annual United Nations General Assembly.
Source: 
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

President Obama delivers an impassioned speech on climate change at the UN Climate Summit

United States President Barack Obama addresses the Climate Summit, at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.
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Richard Drew/AP

President Obama salutes Air Force servicemen at JFK International Airport in New York

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrival on Air Force One at JFK International airport in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Obama is traveling to New York for three days of talks with foreign leaders at the annual United Nations General Assembly.
Source: 
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

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