ubiquitous_a (ubiquitous_a) wrote in ontd_political,

President Barack Obama authorizes extended Secret Service guard for former VP Dick Cheney

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Dick Cheney's Secret Service protection has been extended for at least another six months, beginning Tuesday.

Normally, ex-veeps only get six months of protection at taxpayer expense. But Cheney asked for an extension, and President Obama - whom Cheney has excoriated in several interviews since leaving office - recently signed off.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano signed the order extending Cheney's security detail, her spokeswoman Sara Kuban confirmed Monday.

If the Obama administration hadn't gone along with Cheney's request, he would have been forced to hire his own security agents - or go without.

Cheney's friends have said he has become more concerned about his privacy and personal safety in recent years.

Like all "protectees," Cheney can petition the government for additional extensions of Secret Service protection, and several sources close to Cheney predicted he will do so once this new extension lapses.

Normally, the "threat level" diminishes dramatically after Presidents and vice presidents step down. In the post-9/11 world, that may no longer be the case.

Since 1997, former Presidents have been limited to 10 years of government protection. Bill Clinton - and wife Hillary - is the last ex-President entitled to a lifetime taxpayer-funded security cocoon.


I can totally see this request....

Cheney: So, hey Mr. President, I know I just spent weeks trashing you to everyone with a microphone who would listen.....telling them how terribly unsafe you're making our country and all.....but would you mind terribly just signing off on me keeping my Secret Service detail for awhile longer?  I don't understand why, but it sure seems people don't seem to like me all that much.

Obama: (giving him the Spock look of contempt with one eyebrow raised) Sure.....Dick.

There's an animated icon in there somewhere, I just sense it.
Tags: barack obama, dick cheney, secret service

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