Imagine Having to Explain This to the Boss

Explain it to the Boss



Fortunately, had the President and his family been home, their dog, Bo, would have started barking when someone burst through the front door of the White House with a knife since the Secret Service dogs weren’t let off the leash.

The Hon. Barack Obama 540

The Hon. Barack H. Obama

President of the United States of America

There had better be a damn good explanation for how someone with a knife jumped over the White House fence and ran to the front door and opened it. For Pete’s sake, the agent standing guard right inside the door forgot to throw the bolt and lock the door.

(official White House photo)

From the New York Times of 9.23.14

(Director of the Secret Service) Ms. Pierson must now explain to Mr. Obama and an angry Congress how the Secret Service allowed Omar J. Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Iraq war veteran, to elude all of the White House security protocols and walk through the front door of the president’s home.


But she has had some practice explaining really bad goings-on to the Boss before. Such as last March when she had to explain in person to the President himself while he was on an international trip that the following had occurred:


“… Ms. Pierson was forced to send two agents home from an official trip to Amsterdam after they got so drunk that one of them passed out in the hallway of a hotel. Ms. Pierson had to explain the incident to Mr. Obama in person while she traveled with him on the trip.”


Ms. Pierson became the new head of the US Secret Service 18 months ago, about six months after a number of Secret Service agents assigned to protect the President on a trip to a summit in Cartagena had a few too many drinks and invited women of uncertain virtue to their rooms. Scandal resulted.

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