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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

First Lady Visits Secret Service Headquarters

First Lady Michelle Obama visited the headquarters of the agency that protects her and her family, the United States Secret Service.

The First Lady thanked the agents for their service.

"You all have really made us feel at home and safe, and there is no amount of thanks that I could convey that would give you a sense of how important you all are to us", she expressed.

After seeing how much goes into their work Mrs. Obama said, "So often the rest of the country, they don’t know what you do, they don’t know how the Secret Service works. How many people are behind what happens, whether it’s filing or looking at terrorists."

Apparently the visit into the work of the Secret Service was a bit intimidating, and overwhelming, even for the First Lady.

"I mean, the work you do here is pretty scary, let’s just say that. All I can say is, after my little tour is, ignorance is bliss. I just don’t want to know. You all can handle all that; just tell me where to run."

The First Lady received laughs on her comment.

The First Lady said that she and her family feel close the men and women who serve them everyday, even going as far to say they are a topic of discussion at the dinner table.

Explaining, Mrs. Obama said, "I was sharing with some of the staff that we have a fight among our family of who’s getting which people. Sasha will come in, it’s like, "You took Scott!" Malia’s like, "You took Scott? That’s not fair!" And then I’ll say the same thing to Barack, "Why did you get Beth?"

Seems like the first lady may not be too keen on a lady Secret Service protecting her husband.

Getting to know the Secret Service
The Secret Service Division was created on July 5, 1865 in Washington, D.C., to suppress counterfeit currency. Chief William P. Wood was sworn in by Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch.  Since then, the job of the Secret Secret has grown to protect:
  • The president, the vice president, (or other individuals next in order of succession to the Office of the President), the president-elect and vice president-elect
  • The immediate families of the above individuals
  • Former presidents and their spouses for their lifetimes, except when the spouse remarries. In 1997, Congressional legislation became effective limiting Secret Service protection to former presidents for a period of not more than 10 years from the date the former president leaves office
  • Children of former presidents until age 16
  • Visiting heads of foreign states or governments and their spouses traveling with them, other distinguished foreign visitors to the United States, and official representatives of the United States performing special missions abroad
  • Major presidential and vice presidential candidates, and their spouses within 120 days of a general presidential election. As defined in statute, the term "major presidential and vice presidential candidates" means those individuals identified as such by the Secretary of Homeland Security after consultation with an advisory committee consisting of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the minority leader of the House of Representatives, the majority and minority leaders of the Senate, and one additional member selected by the other members of the committee.
  • Other individuals as designated per Executive Order of the President
  • National Special Security Events, when designated as such by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
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