When Reagan and Clinton bonded over salute techniques
Salutes remain controversial today, but when Bill Clinton became President, they helped two leaders bond.
As told in The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity, shortly after being elected in 1992, Bill Clinton visited Reagan at his main office in Los Angeles. Once there, the two bonded when the ex-President taught Clinton to salute.
Reagan invented the concept of a Presidential salute to servicemen after asking the military if it was appropriate. He then passed it on to Clinton, advising that he bring the hand up slowly, as if dripping with honey, and shake it off briskly.
Of course, Reagan ended the meeting by giving Clinton a jar of jelly beans.