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Here comes the VEEP
May 15, 2012 - Michael Palmer
Vice President Joe Biden is coming to town and if you get a chance go and check out the security. It is way cool to see the MIB and their SUVs invade town.
It is the one day the Section 8 crowd who troll the town talking into their sleeves will have plenty of company.
I was very saddened to see the Colombian Secret Service scandal emerge, because I have had the privilege to know a secret service agent and work in Washington DC as a photographer and think what they do is top notch security.
I think the agents caught in the scandal are the exception to the rule when it comes to the MIB. Other than an almost non-existent sense of humor on duty, they are way cool to see in action. Real Hollywood stuff, with the snipers and undercover agents working with the local law enforcement.
My first experience with the Presidential protection corps was in high school when we attended a rally for Ford - Dole. Seeing the snipers on the rooftops was awesome for those of us in the group who were rednecks.
It is a bit unnerving to see them when you get a bit older and realize that there is that much deadly force employed in your direct vicinity. The threat of an assassination attempt is statistically small, but until the lead starts whizzing by your earlobes you never know for sure if you will duck and run for cover or stay in the line of fire snapping away the frames.
When Hillary came to St.Clairsville I was thankfully relegated to the outdoor post standing n the snow with one of St. C's finest. It would be a different story if no drive-by media were in attendance snapping thousands of redundant frames of political speech givers in burst mode.No chance of an AP photo standing shoulder-to-shoulder with national media photographers.
My favorite sideline from the St. C visit about Hillary was related by an inside person who noted that the bathrooms in the hallway entrance the Secretary of State Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton were unacceptable and that the security service had to quickly find a suitable restroom which was accessible through means other than the unsecured elevators for bladder relief.
I am sure the visit will be a quick one with little disruption from our daily routines save the traffic delays from the campaign size motorcade cruising through the Valley.
It is quite an honor for the area to be included and hopefully Mitt will take notice and do a follow up on his stump tour.
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