Yes. It is a Dukakis moment. Armored vests and helmets look mighty fine on people not used to them. I hope they were sitting on something real solid, The "stuff" that comes up through the floor is usually the worst in it ability to hit you in places where you don’t want to be hit.
I was sitting across from a soldier in a Huey once and a small arms round came through the floor, went right through his foot and then out through the top of the helicopter. Luckily for us all nothing in the helicopter was seriously damaged. His foot was thoroughly spoiled.
They are saying that the president was not wearing this kind of gear on the helicopters? Unless he is a fool, that would not be true.