President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill granting lifetime Secret Service protection to former presidents and their wives. The measure Obama signed Thursday applies to presidents elected after Jan. 1, 1997, specifically Obama and former President George W. Bush. It reverses a 1994 law that ended Secret Service protection 10 years after a president leaves office. Under that law, the Homeland Security secretary could extend such protection on a temporary basis. A sponsor of the bill, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, says increased terrorist threats and the greater mobility and youth of former presidents
If anyone is going to need lifelong secret service protection, it probably is presidents Obama and Bush. I hate the idea of spending money on them when they have so much themselves, but it´s got to be a reality that bin laden´s remaining slimeball army would probably do them in if they could. I think we should foot this one, the maggots are still out there.
Given what any President knows about national security - even 20 years after being in office - and that most of them have the resistance power in rough interrogation of probably the average civilian - this one isn´t difficult to me. Lots of other things are but not this.
Is Obe merely providing for his protection after the impeachment? G W Bush proved in 2004 he could protect his own safety AND rescue his top SS protector during the incident in So America. His Pappy as VP also showed his ability when he walked alone unarmed into a hostile situation to retrieve a held Gov. official once again So. America. Oliver North along for the ride told that story of courage. Too bad the Bengazzi 4 didn´t have that kind of top guns.
What timing!!! ...How ironic 0bama would sign this bill protecting himself at the very time he & his Administration is trying to repeal the Second Amendment Right of law abiding citizens to bear arms. mmm mmm mmm
But then, 0bama IS a, ´Do as I say, not as I do,´ kind of pol. sigh (Couldn´t he just call 911? s/)
I hate to think that this nothingburger, atheist, terrorist sympathizer will be living high on taxpayer funding for 40 years after he leaves office. But it would be far, far worse for him to be martyred for his diabolical cause. Ramona (the Pest)
A couple of days ago would have been Richard Nixon´s 100th birthday. Say what you want about Nixon but, though he was entitled to Secret Service protection, he declined it. I actually saw him get out of a car he had been driving himself and walk into Yankee Stadium. It was astonishing. Look, I don´t want anything bad to happen to any President. It´s an attack on the nation itself. But ex-Presidents make millions upon millions for doing absolutely nothing. Pay for it yourself!
So this Trey Gowdy of South Carolina thinks that these guys are so great they need lifetime protection, because of terrorist threats. Yet they are debating whether ordinary citizens should be able to protect themselves with guns because guns are dangerous? Will someone please tell me that this country is not in a mess and it lacks common sense?
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little guy, 1/11/2013 10:05:23 AM (No. 9110568)
Of all the awful things this guy has done, this is low on my ticked-off list. We are still the greatest country in the world and protecting our former POTUS should not be something to cry about. Imagine a former POTUS getting kidnapped and held hostage by any one of several terrorist groups. We´d then spend millions getting him/her back and seeking revenge. Cheaper this way. And yes, our secret service are better than rent a cops. Let´s protect them the right way and send that message. In the future, it´s possible we would have a POTUS who becomes ill and doesn´t have that much $$ to hire guns.
Back in the early 80´s I had a friend who was a SS agent. He told me that the worst possible duty assignment in the SS was that of guarding Jimmah in Plains, GA. Guarding the black trash in Hawaii would probably be a pretty good gig, at least when one if off duty.
Jimmy Carter is STILL using the Parks Dept. to clean his pool and manicure the yard , to the tune of umpteen bucks . Any bets on what this POS will end up with ?. I´d have to say the Hawaiian villa for starters . And don´t forget to throw in a free 747 with all the luxuries . American people , you voted for him , so EAT CAKE .
So how many former Presidents have been assassinated? No reason that a wealthy former President and his family cannot decline USSS protection and hire personal security (most of who are retired USSS and Special Ops) . And if you look at the history of terrorist atatcks on Americans - they´ve gone after the average American.
I would like to know who protected all those legless, armless, faceless men and women who were maimed and slaughtered under Bush in Iraq. For Nothing! Tell me for what? These gory high fillutin presidents deserve nothing.
Perhaps, Obama knows that the muslim terrorists he dispatches with his drones have friends and relatives who won´t soon forget. But, he has more cause to worry about a threat from a different direction. He´s storing up a lot of divine wrath with his selling the Jews off to the ravenous wolves of the Islamic world and payback is coming. There is no human protection that can protect him when divine retribution comes.
I think ex-presidents should have armed protection but perhaps they should pay for it themselves. If they can earn millions on speaking engagements, they should be able to pay for their bodyguards and not burden an already broke country.
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