Media shield law? Marines shield Obama from rain

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President Barack Obama speaks under an umbrella held by a Marine as a light rain falls during a news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Thursday, May 16, 2013, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forget, for just a moment, about a shield law for the media.

The question at the White House Thursday was who would shield President Barack Obama?

A blistering sun had given way to a light but steady rain by the time the president and the Turkish prime minister stepped from the Oval Office into the Rose Garden for a news conference, about 47 minutes behind schedule.

After an opening statement from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn), Obama offered to get him an umbrella. Erdogan declined.

But minutes later, the rain seemed to distract Obama. He asked for a pair of Marines to come hold umbrellas for him and his guest.

Obama joked that he had a change of suits but wasn't so sure about the prime minister.