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Wednesday
Nov302011

Overzealous Woman Grabs Obama in Scranton, Secret Service Swarms

John W. Adkisson/Getty Images(SCRANTON, Pa.) -- President Obama strolled into the Scranton High School gym Wednesday to a rock-star welcome, but one of the guests for his speech apparently couldn’t keep her enthusiasm under control.

As Obama worked the fence line shaking hands with a row of supporters, a woman frantically jumped up and down from behind, then lurched forward to grab Obama by the arm. She clasped his hand first, then grabbed his bicep and aggressively yanked him toward the crowd.

Secret Service agents swarmed to the president’s side, though no direct intervention was needed. Obama eventually loosened her grip and continued on stage, never losing his smile.

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Thursday
Nov172011

Herman Cain Gets Secret Service Protection

Steve Pope/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Herman Cain asked for and has been granted Secret Service protection, according to the agency charged with protecting American officials.

“Secretary Napolitano at the request of the Cain campaign consulted with congressional advisory committee which today authorized protection for Cain,” said George Ogilvy, a Secret Service spokesman.

Ogilvy would not discuss nature or duration of protection. It is also not clear if any other candidates have received Secret Service protection. One law enforcement official would not say which other campaigns might be getting security, but did confirm Cain began Thursday.

Cain’s campaign would not discuss the protection.

“When we have something to announce, we will announce it,” spokesman J.D. Gordon told ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

President Obama got Secret Service protection in May of 2007, much earlier in the election cycle.

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Wednesday
Oct052011

First Lady Reveals Her Daughters Fight over Secret Service Detail

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Secret Service headquarters Wednesday to thank the agents for their hard work and for being like family, so much so that her daughters actually fight over which detail gets assigned to cover them.

“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,” the first lady told more than 200 agents. “We love our details...for us, it’s like having family around.”

The first lady explained that there’s a “fight among our family” over who works with which agents.

“Sasha will come in, it’s like, ‘You took Scott!’… Malia’s like, ‘You took Scott? That’s not fair!’” Mrs. Obama said, impersonating her daughters.

The squabbling doesn’t stop there, however. “Then I’ll say the same thing to Barack – it’s like ‘Why did you get Beth?’”

“It’s dinner table conversation. But that’s because we feel close to each of you.  And particularly for the girls, they have just transitioned beautifully because of the work that you all do,” she said.

Mrs. Obama also toured the headquarters Wednesday and came to the conclusion that “ignorance is bliss.”

“I mean, the work you do here is pretty scary, let’s just say that,” she said. “I just don’t want to know. You all can handle all that; just tell me when -- where to run.”

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Friday
May062011

Secret Service Signs Up for Twitter

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The United States Secret Service is getting ready to take up residence in the Twitter universe.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that the Secret Service will roll out its official Twitter page on Monday. The unveiling of the page on the popular social networking website follows the recent launch of the Secret Service’s new recruiting website, and officials are hoping that “tweeting” can help with recruitment.

“The internet is a valuable resource for people all over the world,” said Secret Service Assistant Director Mickey Nelson in a statement. “By using social media sites, we hope to supplement our recruitment efforts, while providing an informative, helpful tool to businesses and individuals who are interested in information from our agency.”

Officials say the Twitter page will be used to share press releases, explore the Secret Service’s history, and promote upcoming recruitment opportunities, among other uses.

The page can be accessed by logging on to http://www.twitter.com/SecretService.

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Thursday
Apr212011

Security Upgrade: New Campaign Buses for 2012 Presidential Candidates

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza (file)(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Secret Service will take delivery next month of two campaign-style buses to provide heightened security for the president on bus tours and rural trips during the 2012 campaign.

Agent Ed Donovan in Washington tells ABC News the vehicles were long overdue in the presidential fleet because the Secret Service was never satisfied with the old practice of renting buses and retrofitting them with added security.

“Designing our own vehicle really affords us a level of security that we can’t achieve by leasing a bus and outfitting it with temporary equipment,” Donovan said in an interview.  He would not reveal what high tech additions have been added, nor would he divulge the price tag.

The vehicles will not be emblazoned with campaign signs, because like the presidential armored limousine and other motorcade vehicles, the buses are government property.  They will be available for any presidential or vice presidential travel in rural areas or on the kind of campaign bus tours candidates have been making for decades.

There will be two of the special tour buses.  The Republican nominee for president will be able to campaign in one as well.

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