Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said she wanted the Secret Service to be more like Disney World. She wanted them to be friendlier and more inviting.
An administration that wants our military to do social work in Liberia and leaves it to police to clean up an Ebola patient’s apartment, is an administration that would turn the Secret Service into Disney World. The process didn’t necessarily begin with this administration but it does suit this administration.
Pierson was an HR person before her rise to the top position. She won the position over better qualified men.
Ever since Michaele and Tareq Salahi were allowed to “crash” or were granted entrée to a White House dinner, the public should have known that the tone set by the White House for their security staff had changed.
The White House social secretary Desirée Rogers blamed the Secret Service for the Salahi incident.That turned out to not be true.
Michaele Salahi said that she had conferred with White House social secretary Desirée Rogers as to whether wearing this attire would be appropriate, and that “they thought the sari was a great idea.”
The White House social secretary, Desirée Rogers told media that a member of her staff was at the main entrance to handle arriving guests not on the guest list, but that the Secret Service did not alert her staff to either the Salahis or Carlos Allen, another reportedly uninvited guest.
The New York Times subsequently reported that Rogers had posted an employee of her office only at the East Portico checkpoint, but not at the first, outer checkpoint, a departure from past practice.
Leaks from Secret Service indicated that they were told by Rogers to follow her directions on relaxing security.
After an internal investigation and the discovery Rogers had not followed the traditional protocols for checking White House guest lists, the administration acknowledged she made a mistake.
Rogers resigned three months after the incident with the Salahis.
She was not allowed to testify before Congress.
Rogers was a friend of Michelle Obama’s who traveled in their Chicagoan social circles.
The Secret Service has been caught misbehaving on trips with both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. While the Secret Service deserve blame, who ultimately sets the tone? Who is hiring unqualified people?
When the president went to the funeral of Nelson Mandela, one of his favorite socialists, there was no way to protect the President but who was going to tell him.? As a result, a mentally ill criminal stood next to him during his speech making odd hand gestures pretending he was signing for the deaf.
Allowing a criminal to travel in an elevator with the president is just more of the new friendly and inviting Secret Service detail.
What did the Disney World director do when the Secret Service allowed an armed mentally ill man run through the White House – which had an unlocked door by the way? She praised them for their “restraint.”
People think she was covering up but maybe, just maybe, this is what the White House expects.
And what about the female agent who couldn’t stop Omar Gonzalez as he rampaged through the first floor of the White House? Was she another unqualified female? Did you know that they lowered the requirements for the job for women?
What happened to hiring qualified people? It went the way of PC.
Not so long ago, gun shots were fired into the White House. It was reported by an agent but White House staff squashed it. The policy of “shoot the messenger” is alive and well in the White House.
It might not have begun with President Obama, however, he made it worse. The culprit in the end is Big Government.
Former Secret Service agent and a congressional candidate in Maryland, Dan Bongino, and Author Ron Kessler were on the O’Reilly show last evening.
Bongino and Kessler said that the leadership is the problem and things started to change once Secret Service became part of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003.
I can’t wait until they open the Twilight Zone exhibit. Oh, wait, I forgot, the public isn’t allowed into the White House. It you’re a Third World dictator, things are different. You get invited to a gala affair.