When the race for the White House finally ended the speeches given by both President-elect Barrack Obama and Senator McCain were very similar, they were both complimentary of each other and acknowledged that there was a lot of work to be done to get America back on track. As a close protection officer looking on I couldn’t help but notice the security differences between the two speeches. The most obvious Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech from behind a 3 inch thick screen of bullet-proof glass.
The President of the most powerful country in the world has many enemies. Many of those are more professional than even the most well organised white supremacists who are just another group that would like him dead joining the queue to do it.
It has been reported that the Secret Service have already investigated more than 500 death threats against the President-elect since his campaign started. Two neo-Nazi skinheads were arrested a few days before the election for conspiring to assassinate Mister Obama. We were treated to images of them holding automatic weapons and sporting swastika tattoos courtesy of ubiquitous YouTube. The president of the United States has many enemies
I imagine that once the President-elect is sworn-in January 2009 he will be protected by more bodyguards than any one individual has been, ever. Hundreds of close protection officers will advance every move and accompany him.
Barrack Obama seems pretty laid back and I’m concerned he said that is protected by some of the best in the business and was quoted as saying “It’s not something that I’m spending time thinking about day to day. I think anybody who decides to run for president recognises that there are some risks involved.”
I am sure the presidents bodyguards are pretty well paid and they probably going to get a lot of overtime, but would you want the job?