Opinion: The Secret Service making a mockery of the Obama Administration



Seth Cohen

Seth Cohen

Seth Cohen is a senior magazine journalism major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Comment him at [email protected].

On Friday in Colombia, 11 Secret Service members found themselves suddenly knee-deep in shit as a shameful scandal broke out. They were apparently involved with prostitutes. The Secret Service members were subsequently placed on leave.

It doesn’t get any more disappointing than that. I mean, I have a good friend who pulls off the best “shame on you” face, and when he makes it, everybody knows where to look and who to blame.

The Secret Service, an agency that upholds a sworn loyalty to protect and serve the president, just couldn’t keep it in their pants. President Obama had to offer his regret toward the mess overshadowing his diplomatic and peaceful mission to Latin America.

But wait, there’s more. Apparently, the U.S. military is also in hot water. It was announced that five service personnel staying at the same hotel as the agents in Colombia may have been involved in a shameful manner as well.

“They were confined to their quarters in Colombia and ordered not to have contact with others,” Politico reported.

Politico also stated that the alleged activities took place before Obama arrived Friday in Cartagena for meetings with 33 other regional leaders.

It just seems as if Obama needs to sit down and have a drink before justice is served. But with all the allegations out in the open, does this have an effect on his second term for the presidency?

Keep in mind that he wasn’t involved personally in any way, shape or form. It just happened to be a house of cards that toppled down under the watch of his administration. One could guess that Mitt Romney will use this as a tactic to boost his campaign.

After all, while Obama was down in South America, he followed a long-promised immigration reform early in a second term and slammed Romney’s stance on the issue. It would seem only natural for Romney to retaliate.

Even though his involvement isn’t the issue, can the president fully rely on his 24/7 protectors?

Apparently, yes. When Obama was briefed about the incidents, he still has full confidence — as White House spokesman Jay Carney announced — and reliability on the Secret Service. Carney also said he wouldn’t comment on the reactions he had after hearing about it. I think it’s safe to say he swore a bit in a fit of rage. I mean, who wouldn’t? If you were the president, what would you say after hearing the people sworn to protect you ended up swinging and poking their own ‘li’l prez’s’?

As comedian Lewis Black once said back in 2006 about public reactions to Hurricane Katrina, it’s nearly impossible not to swear after seeing the destruction witnessed before your eyes.

“Oh. Look at that. Pussyfeathers,” Black said, explaining what the abstaining from foul language would mean for surprised outbursts.

The same thing applies to what happened with the Secret Service; you just have to swear about something so degrading that it puts a bad name on the department. Those who will one day want to serve and honor the president will now have to work harder to attain their loyalty, but for now, pussyfeathers.