Drum Major Suspended for Nodding at Obama

Member of Cleveland firefighters' group violated 'protocol and proper decorum'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2009 4:00 PM CST
A US Military Honor guard marches during the inaugural parade.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Cleveland man who marched as drum major with a firefighters band in last week’s inaugural parade has been suspended for a nod and a wave he gave to President Obama, the Plain Dealer reports. “This was a military parade. Protocol and proper decorum had to be followed at all times,” the bandleader said. John Coleman sees it differently. “I was just acknowledging the president, who was acknowledging our band.”