Great news: Secret Service to get chaperones for foreign trips

posted at 6:31 pm on April 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Finally, we have some good news after the exposure of Secret Service sexcapades going back as far as 2000.  The agency and the Department of Homeland Security will put in place new processes and new personnel designed to ensure that no more embarrassing incidents occur.  They will deploy tough, well-disciplined, and focused representatives whenever traveling abroad.  And they’ll also send Secret Service agents, too:

Embarrassed by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service will assign chaperones on some trips to enforce new rules of conduct that make clear that excessive drinking, entertaining foreigners in their hotel rooms and cavorting in disreputable establishments are no longer tolerated.

The stricter measures, issued by the Secret Service on Friday for agents and employees, apply even when traveling personnel are off duty.

The policies, outlined in a memorandum obtained by The Associated Press, are the agency’s latest attempt to respond to the scandal that surfaced as President Barack Obama was headed to a Latin American summit in Cartagena, Colombia, earlier this month.

Chaperones?  Well, I suppose that might have some justification, seeing as how agents acted like high-school boys in Cartagena.  But, er, how exactly is this supposed to work?  Armed agents decide to head to the strip club in some exotic locale and bring a few escorts back to the hotel, and … what?  Will a finger-wag and a lecture on proper etiquette between boys and girls suffice to bring the revelry to an end?  Will the chaperones conduct bed-checks and impose curfews?  Actually, President Obama joked about that very idea at last night’s WHCA banquet:

Then the mock agenda was abruptly cut short.

“I had a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew,” Obama deadpanned at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

You know, it’s a shame that the Secret Service didn’t just send supervisors on these trips.  Supervisors would have had the authority to impose some discipline on these advance teams and remind them that their actions could prove embarrassing to the US, and possibly endanger their security arrangements for the President.  Wait — what was that?  The Cartagena team had three supervisors, all of whom participated in the scandal?  Oh, yeah.

If the Secret Service’s supervisors couldn’t prevent this scandal, dorm mothers aren’t going to cut it, either.


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But look on the bright side. This will create jobs.

keep the change on April 29, 2012 at 6:33 PM

You had a picture of nuns. I suspect they would be the best chaperones.

lol

gerrym51 on April 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Jobs created or saved…again?

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2012 at 6:37 PM

This kind of nonsense is even more embarrassing for our country than the scandal itself.

They really do think we’re stupid.

JPeterman on April 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

All because some idiot was bickering with a hooker over 40 dollars. . . .

How is that guy not dead already? He has literally destroyed the careers and lives of dozens of people because he was a cheap ass.

thphilli on April 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

And how much will this cost the taxpayers?

DAT60A3 on April 29, 2012 at 6:39 PM

So basically we are hiring babysitters for the Secret Service.

redridinghood on April 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

All because some idiot was bickering with a hooker over 40 dollars. . . .

How is that guy not dead already? He has literally destroyed the careers and lives of dozens of people because he was a cheap ass.

thphilli on April 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Legalize prostitution. Stop the evil of imprisoning people and giving them damaging criminal records for consensual transactions.

Mitchell Heisman on April 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Sounds good, let’s humiliate the nation’s most expert security professionals because some prudes are offended. Nothing down there was illegal, and nobody down there was on the job when this happened.

Dr. Manhattan on April 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Legalize prostitution.

Mitchell Heisman on April 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Unless I’m mistaken prostitution is legal in Columbia.

Oldnuke on April 29, 2012 at 6:48 PM

More layers of bureaucracy. Check how Obama made a joke about the Secret Service, with the camera panning over to two who were guarding Obama (with their lives), I could imagine both of them steaming.

Paul-Cincy on April 29, 2012 at 6:54 PM

If the Secret Service’s supervisors couldn’t prevent this scandal, dorm mothers aren’t going to cut it, either.

How much you wanna bet me that Obama’s WTF Secret Service Agents are and were, hand-picked? By Obama and Mitchell?

Anyone bother checking that factoid?

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 6:58 PM

How about just hiring agents with a strong sense of ethics?

Or would Obama rather have his Chicago cronies instead?

itsspideyman on April 29, 2012 at 6:59 PM

o/t

But, if you’re interested, some Sunday afternoon reading:

The Socialist Roots of Naziism by Hayek

Music by David Bowie

Apocalyptic Daze by Pascal Bruckner

Music by The Church

Resist We Much on April 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Congratulations – another government agency that has proven itself corrupt, immoral, and unethical, and has become another sick joke being perpetrated on the taxpayer.

Why don’t they just follow the GSA model and where clown costumes when they are doing their jobs? Their machine guns can squirt water and when they honk their bulbous red noses their pants will fall down around their ankles.

I’ll never have the respect for the Secret Service that I used to have.

Government clowns, one and all.

AttaBoyLuther on April 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM

And, let’s just think about Obama’s pimping himself out for three dollars.

His self-appointed secret service agents offered $30 which is ten times more than the Peezy of the United Steezy offered for himself.

Thirty bucks.

Three bucks.

/You see where Rush is going with this tomorrow?

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

custodios custodiunt.

unclesmrgol on April 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Who is going to chaperone the chaperones?

Why don’t we just end the nonsense by firing the guy in charge?

Oh yeah, we have to wait until January.

At least he should stay in the White House until then.

pedestrian on April 29, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Oh, c’mon. At least they were paying for the girls with their own money.

She wasn’t a government intern on the clock in the oval office.

IlikedAUH2O on April 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

This kind of nonsense is even more embarrassing for our country than the scandal itself.

They really do think we’re stupid.

JPeterman on April 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

WeekendAtBernankes on April 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Wouldn’t a cheaper idea be to just fire the numbskulls who can’t keep their pants zipped while on duty?

Socratease on April 29, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Whew! One of my friends said I left one letter out of clock. I didn’t.

IlikedAUH2O on April 29, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Or, to put it even better:

etiam custodii custodiuntur

This should probably be the Secret Service motto.

unclesmrgol on April 29, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Oh grow up! This beyond childish and the scumbags in charge has treated the whole country like children since Jan 2009 (the beginning of this Marxist error).

Rio Linda Refugee on April 29, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Just send along Blabbermouth-Schultz, Big Sis Nutpolitano and everyone’s favorite freakish, perjuring “Justice” Kagan.

Merely having those three beauties present should keep everyone’s mind off of sex.

viking01 on April 29, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Are they going to be chaperones or an escort service.

Dasher on April 29, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Or, if we need some extra length:

etiam custodii se custodiuntur.

“Even the guards themselves are guarded.”

I hate Bradley’s Arnold.

unclesmrgol on April 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Apocalyptic Daze by Pascal Bruckner

Music by The Church

Resist We Much on April 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM

:o)

Love it, put it on the i-Pod

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

She wasn’t a government intern on the clock in the oval office.

IlikedAUH2O on April 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Oh, you said clock. I misread that the first time.

Aviator on April 29, 2012 at 7:13 PM

“I had a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew,” Obama deadpanned at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Yeah… that will engender trust, f-wad. What a clown.

Ugly on April 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM

thphilli on April 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Actually, those people ruined their own lives all by themselves, unless someone held a gun to their heads to make them take hookers to their rooms. Personal responsibility for personal moral failings. What a concept.

pannw on April 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Who will chaperone the chaperones?

GaltBlvnAtty on April 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Secret service personnel will now have the option of being chaparoned by (a) a bevy of extremely cheerful nuns or (b) a very irritated Janet Napolitano.

By the way, Ed, from whence did the picture of the nuns come?

unclesmrgol on April 29, 2012 at 7:17 PM

By the way, Ed, from whence did the picture of the nuns come?

unclesmrgol on April 29, 2012 at 7:17 PM

America needs more Nuns.

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Why not just give ‘em chastity belts?

shannon76 on April 29, 2012 at 7:23 PM

[Comment deleted, user banned — Ed]

dunce on April 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM

All because some idiot was bickering with a hooker over 40 dollars. . . .

How is that guy not dead already? He has literally destroyed the careers and lives of dozens of people because he was a cheap ass.

thphilli on April 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

From what I’ve read, prostitutes should never be paid in a public area, for the john is apt to be shaken down for even more money at the risk of just the kind of stink that happened here.

As for destroying the careers and lives of dozens of people — well, they destroyed their own lives by their own acts.

If you are a conservative, or a Christian, you have to believe that each individual is solely responsible for his or her sins of either omission or commission.

unclesmrgol on April 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Why not just give ‘em chastity belts?

shannon76 on April 29, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I think this would do the trick

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 7:28 PM

This was all because none of them would put the meat to the black woman affirmative action hire and she felt that they were racially discriminating so she complained and what had been going on for generations was treated like something new. They should have drawn straws to get someone to do the black beach.

dunce on April 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Care to tell us more? I hadn’t heard this angle in any of the news reports, or on Hot Air. Any names, or is this just a bit of race-baiting?

unclesmrgol on April 29, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I think this would do the trick

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Hold on. I just had a heart attack.

unclesmrgol on April 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

If it was the same group of nuns that approved of the abortion mandates in obamacare, the agents would be subject to continual sexual harassment by the sisters.Every day they would hear “sock it to me for Jesus”.

dunce on April 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I could just see matronly woman parachuting with the 101st Airborne in 1944 over France to act as chaperones. What a nation of losers we’ve become.

MaiDee on April 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Nuns, how about a group of Jewish mothers.

Kjeil on April 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

That picture accompanying the headline – too funny.

Cleombrotus on April 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Why would we want someone within the Secret Service who requires a chaperone? How about firing every damned one of them and then starting over?

Wendya on April 29, 2012 at 7:42 PM

“The system worked!”– Janet Napolitano

onlineanalyst on April 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Those “nuns” are all guys you know.

Cleombrotus on April 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

philw1776 on April 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

dunce on April 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I think we need a thread cleanup.

a capella on April 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Are they really chaperones though, or escorts?

Stoic Patriot on April 29, 2012 at 7:55 PM

How about sending their spouses along?

onlineanalyst on April 29, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Nuns, how about a group of Jewish mothers.

Kjeil on April 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Rahm left on good advice and counsel.

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 7:58 PM

How about sending their spouses along?

onlineanalyst on April 29, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I still say Obama’s offered for three bucks and the Secret Service Agents offered $30 bucks.

So, if we do the math, Obama is worth about 10% of the real value of a $30 hooker in Columbia.

Oh, Mang!

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Whoever said it ahead of me was right- this administration has managed to make the “solution” more embarrassing than the “crime”.

BettyRuth on April 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Just fire anyone who acts like a drunken frat boy with dad’s credit card.

Personal responsibility – what is old becomes new again.

Rebar on April 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I think chaperone is probably code for snitch. But typical government thinking, let’s add another layer on top of the layers we already have of people who are paid to do a specific job but can’t be trusted to do it properly.

Bennett on April 29, 2012 at 8:11 PM

This was all because none of them would put the meat to the black woman affirmative action hire and she felt that they were racially discriminating so she complained and what had been going on for generations was treated like something new. They should have drawn straws to get someone to do the black beach.

dunce on April 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Your nom d’net fits, what is your first name? Racist bigot is my guess

Rio Linda Refugee on April 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Wouldn’t a cheaper idea be to just fire the numbskulls who can’t keep their pants zipped while on duty?

Socratease on April 29, 2012 at 7:06 PM

NONE of them were on duty – this is what Ed and the rest of the Lame Stream irresponsibly refuse to point out.

HondaV65 on April 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Right … because when the government screws up, the solution is more government

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Seriously, I guess I was naive in believing the Secret Service was actually that rare group in the federal government that did their jobs well and with dignity. Silly me.

toby11 on April 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Your nom d’net fits, what is your first name? Racist bigot is my guess

Rio Linda Refugee on April 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

A moby. Sowing some quotable garbage to be referenced as evidence of HA’s true nature.

a capella on April 29, 2012 at 8:24 PM

…you can tell!…another

democraticdunce on April 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

:o)

Love it, put it on the i-Pod

Key West Reader on April 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Glad that you liked it. Did you see the Queen video with the Steyn piece yesterday? Awesome.

Liberals: Out: Cigarettes. In: Exploding Cigars.

This is a good article from Melanie Phillips. It is similar to the Bruckner piece. Music by U2. Oh, and The Creator of Gaia: The Science Is Not Settled has U2 live from Boston.

I posted a song by a neat little American punk band called the Tiny Masters of Today, but unfortunately, it isn’t the best of quality. I tried to upload it from my ipod like 400000000000000 times and, for whatever reason, it always quit at the 1:57 mark. I think the file must be corrupted even though I just bought it. Nevertheless, there is a video from you tube. The song is “Big Stick” and it was purrrrrfect for Biden. Oh, well….

I hope that you are having a great Sunday.

Resist We Much on April 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

NONE of them were on duty – this is what Ed and the rest of the Lame Stream irresponsibly refuse to point out.

HondaV65 on April 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM

They just brought foreign nationals back to their hotel rooms where the presidents schedule and motorcade route were.

Besides, from what I understand, a couple of the Secret Service guys told their interrogators that they did not know the girls were prostitutes. Well, ain’t that just dandy!

The pros walk into a strip joint and can’t tell who the pros are and we are told that they will be able to recognise a Lee Harvey Oswald in a crowd?

Resist We Much on April 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

While this scandal has been a major embarrassment and the guys deserve what they get, it is kind of ironic that the “brokest” nation in the history of civilisation fires the one guy, who tried to negotiate a lower price.

If only Washington had more cheapskate johns, we might not have a $15.5 trillion debt.

Resist We Much on April 29, 2012 at 8:36 PM

While this scandal has been a major embarrassment and the guys deserve what they get, it is kind of ironic that the “brokest” nation in the history of civilisation fires the one guy, who tried to negotiate a lower price.
If only Washington had more cheapskate johns, we might not have a $15.5 trillion debt.

Resist We Much on April 29, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I say they should put the guy in charge of setting up GSA conventions.

a capella on April 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM

I say they should put the guy in charge of setting up GSA conventions.

a capella on April 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Yep! Just say “No!” to $4 shrimp!

Resist We Much on April 29, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Embarrassed by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service will assign chaperones on some trips to enforce new rules of conduct that make clear that excessive drinking, entertaining foreigners in their hotel rooms and cavorting in disreputable establishments are no longer tolerated.

So let me get this straight. The Obama solution is adding yet another government employee to the expense of Presidential travel?

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

philw1776 on April 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Guard guards, of course!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neGbKHyGuHU

unclesmrgol on April 29, 2012 at 8:50 PM

If only Washington had more cheapskate johns, we might not have a $15.5 trillion debt.

Resist We Much on April 29, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Cheapskate or not, there should have been no johns in the first place. And certainly not so many that 20 plus individuals are involved.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Cheapskate or not, there should have been no johns in the first place. And certainly not so many that 20 plus individuals are involved.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I was being facetious. I am appalled at the behaviour of the SS, but I find it ironic that the one guy in the government, who actually tried to negotiate for a lower price, got fired. Meanwhile, we are still paying for $16 muffins, the GSA notwithstanding.

Resist We Much on April 29, 2012 at 8:59 PM

After the crack about getting the SS back in time for curfew, it won’t surprise me to see them hesitate long enough to avoid taking a bullet. Human nature and all that. Bush on the other hand scheduled his trips and vacations to ensure the SS spent holidays with family.

This country is broken.

AH_C on April 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Et tu ?, Obamé ?

Agreed that Zero doesn’t help his chances by betraying his lifeguards.

viking01 on April 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

It doesn’t sound like the fact that these agents were not on duty should really matter. There were security breeches involved. Period. That should be enough to get any agent fired. A zero tolerance policy should be enough to get these agents to mind themselves. Chaperones? Are you kidding me?

lynncgb on April 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I was being facetious. I am appalled at the behaviour of the SS, but I find it ironic that the one guy in the government, who actually tried to negotiate for a lower price, got fired. Meanwhile, we are still paying for $16 muffins, the GSA notwithstanding.

Resist We Much on April 29, 2012 at 8:59 PM

We are in complete agreement except that the guy who wanted a lower rate should have been fired. There is a cultural problem that needs to be addressed.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Only hire married agents and send their spouse with them. :D

Pretty bad when grown men and women (mainly men) can’t get their s*** together. If they are this irresponsible then maybe they need a job at McDonalds and need to be barred from from any law enforcement or protection jobs.

Russ86 on April 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

We are in complete agreement except that the guy who wanted a lower rate should have been fired. There is a cultural problem that needs to be addressed.

Happy Nomad on April 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I said that all of them deserved what they got and I believe he has been fired. I know that he has put his house up for sale and is no longer with the SS. My only point is that I wish more government employees would haggle over prices. If they did, we might not have a $15.5 trillion national debt.

Resist We Much on April 29, 2012 at 9:26 PM

If the Secret Service’s supervisors couldn’t prevent this scandal, dorm mothers aren’t going to cut it, either.

Here’s an idea, send the Secret Service agents’ wives and/or girlfriends along. Be a heck of a lot more effective than chaperones. Chaperones can be coerced, wives and girlfriends? Not so much.

AZfederalist on April 29, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Russ86 on April 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Didn’t see your post until I posted mine. GMTA

AZfederalist on April 29, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Each nun must have a ruler.

David Blue on April 29, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Wouldn’t it be cheaper just to give them all salt peter for a week or so before any upcoming trip?

lukjuj on April 29, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Chaperones for the Secret Service – Your tax dollars at work.

Chessplayer on April 29, 2012 at 11:27 PM

It’s not whether prostitution is legal or not – the fact is that they are representing the US all the time as SS agents.

Also, regardless of legalized prostitution – how would they even know if they are having sex with women forced into this – human trafficking??

What a bunch of low life bottom dwellers. Only really scummy men at heart would pay to have sex with a woman they didn’t know or care about. Talk about using women like a total sex object.

THAT’S the REAL problem. If they had an OUNCE of self-respect or actually had any RESPECT for women, they would never have been in that situation, period.

What if that were THEIR daughter? She’s SOMEONE’S daughter.

Sick, sick world. Shame on ALL the men who engage in prostitution. Shame on you.

patriotmom1776 on April 30, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Obama and his wife detest the Secret Service, or at a minimum have little regard for the agents. So, why should they, the agents, have any respect for these two taxpayer-money gluttons, who jet set their asses around the world week in and week out while treating these agents as porch slaves.

Yes, some of the agents went awry on these trips, but who the hell can blame them? They work for a celebrity, not a President, and his wife, the very definition of a shrew. If you act like a coked-up rock star, then how would you expect your security detail to act?

My only regret in life is to have lived at a time when these two despicables walked the planet.

TXUS on April 30, 2012 at 2:40 AM

This proposition for “chaperones” sounds like typical political doublespeak to me. They say that the purpose of these chaperones will be to make sure that there is no improper behavior. My guess is that their role will really be that of the designated driver at a big party. Their job will be to make sure that everyone gets “home” safely and that no one gets caught.

Ordinary American on April 30, 2012 at 2:50 AM

Secret Service to get chaperones for foreign trips

Their fault…As for chaperones, I suggest Bailiffs. Nuns whack knuckles…

Gohawgs on April 30, 2012 at 4:52 AM

patriotmom1776 on April 30, 2012 at 1:00 AM

What is that Yeats poem ?

The one about…” the center cannot hold…
even the best lack all conviction”?

Congruent with the sorry spectacle of the best of us bei g corrupted is the equally sorry spectacle of the news media focusing on this while ignoring more pressing issues.

Cleombrotus on April 30, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Obama and his wife detest the Secret Service, or at a minimum have little regard for the agents. So, why should they, the agents, have any respect for these two taxpayer-money gluttons, who jet set their asses around the world week in and week out while treating these agents as porch slaves.

TXUS on April 30, 2012 at 2:40 AM

It doesn’t matter how the agents get treated or who holds the office. We can’t have them picking and choosing which president they will do a good job for based on their own personal feelings. These agents need to be able to rise above that and respect the fact that they work for the office of the POTUS…no matter what kind of shlep occupies it.

lynncgb on April 30, 2012 at 7:22 AM

If the people charged with protecting the president and other high-ranking personnel need to be chaperoned, I think there might be a bigger problem here.

(rolling eyes)

insidiator on April 30, 2012 at 7:42 AM

The men assigned to protect the President of the U.S., they need to be “policed”?
These “men” are not responsible enough to be left on their own, and we allow them to “protect” the President and our nation?

Good grief, the disconnect here is beyond comprehension…people assigned to protect the most powerful person in the world, are not capable of behaving like normal adults, they need to have a chaperone, like high school kids.
Has anyone thought of maybe, just maybe, putting better management (besides the election this Nov)? This isn’t a “Secret Service” it’s a frat party.

right2bright on April 30, 2012 at 7:44 AM

If the people charged with protecting the president and other high-ranking personnel need to be chaperoned, I think there might be a bigger problem here.

(rolling eyes)

insidiator on April 30, 2012 at 7:42 AM

See, that’s what you get when your are concise, you say the same thing and you post quicker…I agree.

right2bright on April 30, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Nuns, how about a group of Jewish mothers.

Kjeil on April 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Good point. I’ve never seen a porno with Jewish mother characters.

swinia sutki on April 30, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Let’s be totally clear. These men should be 100% focused on security, end of story. Those attempting to make this a matter of libertarian choices to engage in consensual sexual adventures are off topic.

In my mind, it starts with all of the agents (advance or protection team) maintaing their own perimiter first. Choosing to party rendered the team unable to maintain the bubble around themselves (meaning no strangers, period). This terrible lack of judgment can clearly next lead to a breach of the bubble around the POTUS and team or family.

cfebrzl on April 30, 2012 at 8:33 AM

If the Secret Service’s supervisors couldn’t prevent this scandal, dorm mothers aren’t going to cut it, either.

Yes, I agree. The entire idea is stupid. This is what they pay supervisors to do.

NONE of them were on duty – this is what Ed and the rest of the Lame Stream irresponsibly refuse to point out.

HondaV65 on April 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM

No, you are incorrect. They are on duty 100% of the time while on mission. This and the reasons for it have been pointed out ad nauseum.

dogsoldier on April 30, 2012 at 8:46 AM

“I had a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew,” Obama deadpanned at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

I think it’s in poor taste to make a joke about the people who are tasked with protecting your life no matter the cost (including trading their own lives).

Not because that will change their willingness to protect you. They’ll still do their jobs.

It just seems like a professional courtesy that anyone receiving protection from the Secret Service should not make jokes at their expense.

JadeNYU on April 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Didn’t every warship, battle plan, etc. for Russia always include a ‘babysitter’ called a Commissar, or something. Their job was to make sure all fighters were indeed committed to the USSR. Anyone not completely approving and supporting Lenin, Stalin, etc. would be arrested on the spot.

dahni on April 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM