2008 “I’ve got the best protection in the world. So stop worrying.”
posted by February 25 at 10:30 AMon
Today’s New York Times has a front-page story about the question that’s been on a lot of people’s minds:
There is a hushed worry on the minds of many supporters of Senator Barack Obama, echoing in conversations from state to state, rally to rally: Will he be safe?
Dominic linked to it earlier, but if you didn’t already know Obama’s Secret Service knickname is Renegade, you might have read right over the link. It’s a fascinating piece—you learn that John Edwards didn’t get Secret Service protection even though Obama and Clinton have had it for a while; that Obama has become such pals with his security detail that they play basketball on election days together; that Gerald Posner, who wrote books on the assassinations of Kennedy and King, doesn’t think Obama’s in any greater danger of being shot than Clinton or her husband.
Mentions of the fate that befell President John F. Kennedy and Senator Kennedy only increased after Mr. Obama was joined on the campaign trail by Caroline Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.
“I’m pretty familiar with the history,” Mr. Obama said. “Obviously, it was an incredible national trauma, but neither Bobby Kennedy nor Martin Luther King had Secret Service protection.”
At the end of the piece, Obama is traveling through Dallas.
Mr. Obama’s motorcade passed Dealey Plaza and the Texas Book Depository building, where the fatal shot was fired at President Kennedy in 1963. Several campaign aides looked out their windows, silently absorbing the scene.
Not so for Mr. Obama, who later said he had not realized he was passing the site. And no one in his car pointed it out.