Barack Obama To Get Secret Service Protection

The Secret Service decided on Thursday that Barack Obama will get Secret Service protection already. This is nine months before the first vote is cast and the earliest yet for a Presidential candidate. Hillary Clinton has Secret Service protection, but that is normal for former first ladies. The security wasn’t prompted by a particular threat to Obama, just as a general precaution because he is a high level black candidate. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff authorized the security after meeting with a bipartisan congressional advisory committee. The members of the congressional advisory committee are the Speaker, the House and Senate majority and minority leaders as well as one additional member. Pretty sad commentary on the country when we have to protect a candidate just because he is black.
Alan Cosgrove

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