Why Is There Secret Service Protection For White Male Presidents?










I am absolutely sick and tired of white guy reporters asking Barack and Michelle if they feel safe running for the White House. Two prominent progressive white guys along with MLK got mowed down in the 1960s. A conservative white guy took a bullet in the 1980s. Why make this a race thing?

And if it is a race thing, why do white male presidents need secret service protection? They should be able to say, don't bother with all those details, I am fine, I am white.

They were asking this question last year. And Barack just got asked this question on national television yesterday. This is so out of line.

Guys like Barack need secret service protection for the same reason gals like Madonna or Hillary need secret service protection. When you become visible, when you become a public figure, you tend to attract all sorts of attention. And so a protective layer becomes necessary. Otherwise it is going to become impossible to do public events.

And if there is a race angle to protecting Barack, I am sure the secret service people are all over it. They are professionals. They work very hard at what they do. They are methodical. They are into it. And they know history for their particular line of work more than we do.

I mean, one of those reporters could get struck by lightning. Is there secret service protection for that? I don't think so.

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