The Telegraph is wondering: “Is Barack Obama’s life safe in the Secret Service’s hands?”
A knife-wielding intruder allowed to run rampant through the first floor of the White House. Bullets that struck the window of Barack Obama’s private residence but went unnoticed for days. A presidential bodyguard so drunk he passed out in hallway of a hotel.
These are just some of the recent incidents that have shaken confidence in the Secret Service, the elite agency assigned to protect Mr Obama, his family and the White House.
On Tuesday, Julia Pierson, the Secret Service’s director, will face a grilling from members of Congress and a battle to convince them that her agents are up to the task of protecting the world’s most powerful man.
The hearing was called after a September 19 incident, when the Secret Service allowed Omar Gonzales, a troubled Iraq war veteran, to scale the White House fence and go through the unlocked front door of the executive mansion.
But members of Congress will have questions about the Secret Service’s competence beyond this month’s incident.
Gonzales was arrested in July with 11 guns in his car, including high-power rifles with scopes, and a map on which he had drawn a line to the White House. He was let free but weeks later was stopped outside the White House with a hatchet tucked inside his trousers. Again, he was let go.
His breach of the White House’s elaborate security perimeter is just the latest in a series of mistakes made by an agency that prides itself on silent professionalism.
I don’t think anyone at the Telegraph should be worried: Barack Obama is one of the safest Presidents in American history. There is not a single enemy of the United States that desires to see him leave office one minute early.
Add to that the fact that it is only tyrants, wannabe tyrants, and anarchists who assassinate leaders. Those who support freedom and the Rule of Law do not participate in murder, and those are the only people in America who would want to see him gone.
Obama is as safe as any President in 225 years, no matter how inept or derelict our Secret Service may sometimes prove to be.