Tuesday, January 20, 2009

STILL RELEVANT: The Secret Service's Super Bowl

I originally wrote this post back in December of 2006. Everything in it still applies now that Barack Obama is, officially, President Obama. We're now playing for all the marbles.

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Or World Series, or U.S. Open. Take your pick. Whatever you wanna call it, that's what it's gonna be for the Secret Service if Barack Obama does, indeed, run for President.

Why? Because, for the first time, a black man has a legitimate (and, depending on who you talk to, likely) shot at winning the White House. (And Jesse Jackson's run, however well-intentioned it may have been, never really had a shot.) Even though it's been a scant 40-odd years since the Civil Rights movement, I'd like to think that we, as a society, are ready for that.

But there are still pockets of this country who won't stand for it, who aren't ready for a Negro in Chief. And those happen to be incredibly well-armed pockets.

So this is when we see, exactly, what the Secret Service is made of. Because those nuts are gonna come for Obama...whether the general public hears about it or not.

Put your game-face on, fellas. Show time.

1 comment:

Scott said...

I thought about this earlier today, and I think your analogy's spot on. We occasionally hear how this event or that one is "the Secret Service's nightmare," but it's not like that's a job you stumble into, the way you wake up one day and think, "Wow...how the hell did I end up a janitor at a state penitentiary?" You bust your ass to get a job as a Secret Service agent because you really really really want it.

So protecting the first African-American president? Man, I'd think that makes every damn day on the job, as you said, the Super Bowl. Or maybe Christmas.