Mad World News: It is no secret the that Secret Service has really struggled to do their job in recent weeks.
On the heels of the White House fence fail, the president’s security detail seemingly missed the fact that an armed man with three convictions for assault and battery was bumping shoulders with the Barack Obama in an elevator.
During the president’s September 16 trip to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agents assigned to his protective detail were rattled after realizing a private CDC contractor on the elevator was acting oddly. Agents asked that he stop using a cellphone camera to record his surroundings in the elevator, but the man became defiant and continued to film , according to the Washington Post.
The elevator doors eventually opened and Obama exited with several Secret Service agents in tow, while others stayed behind to question the man. A quick national database search of the man while on the scene revealed his criminal history.
Standard security protocol for the president’s detail calls for extensive screening of individuals that come within close proximity of the commander-in-chief to keep individuals with weapons or criminal histories out of arm’s reach.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who heads a House subcommittee that oversees the Secret Service said, “His life was in danger. This country would be a different world today if he had pulled out his gun.”
The revelation of the lapse in Atlanta is the latest in a string of embarrassments for the Secret Service bringing to light a breakdown in the agency’s protocols designed to keep the president safe from strangers when he travels to events outside the White House.
Three days after the armed convicted felon shared an elevator with the president, Omar Gonzalez jumped over the White House fence on Sept. 19 and was able to burst into the White House — making it all the way to the ‘East Room’ before he was apprehended.
It only takes one fatality caused by a security detail’s lack of attention to bring the country to its knees. Terrorist are likely taking note and are ready to exploit our nation’s shortcomings in order to deliver that detrimental blow that brings us President Joe Biden. Read more from Mad World News