The Secret Service has assigned a security detail to Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed to FOX News on Thursday.
A DHS official said that a request came from the candidate but would not say anything about the reason for the protection or the nature of any threat(s).
When I heard about this on the radio, I was a tad disturbed that there would be a need to make such a request.
Obama’s campaign will not elaborate on specific details, but FOX News has learned that the request did not emerge from a singular reason, but a combination of considerations, including the logistical and security concerns associated with Obama’s attending two 20,000-plus person rallies in recent weeks and his rising popularity. Obama’s being a high-profile African-American running for the presidency was also taken into consideration before for the formal request was made.
I have to ask. Who is paying for this protection? Isn’t the Secret Service paid for by the American taxpayer? Isn’t Mr. Obama wealthy enough to pay for his own security? I have a serious problem with this whole thing. I do not wish the man any harm, but I also do not want to have to pay for his security, especially since he hasn’t won the Democrat Party’s official nomination.
Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren would not provide details of what led to the extra security, but said he was not aware of it being “based on any threat.”
If there is no specific threat, then why the request? And why was it honored?
It’s the earliest security assignment for a candidate in a presidential campaign. Usually protection is not provided until a party chooses its nominee, however, Sen. Hillary Clinton, another Democratic candidate, has Secret Service detail because she is a former first lady.
I can understand the Secret Service protection for the Hildebeast, but I’m having a real problem paying for Obama’s.