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Bush comes to aid of Secret Service agent
AP ^ | 11/20/2004 | AP staff

Posted on 11/20/2004 4:13:02 PM PST by wjersey

Edited on 11/20/2004 7:38:20 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

President Bush stepped into the middle of a confrontation and pulled his lead Secret Service agent away from Chilean security officials who barred his bodyguards from entering an elegant dinner for 21 world leaders Saturday night.

Several Chilean and American agents got into a pushing and shoving match outside the cultural center where the dinner was held. Bush noticed the fracas after posing for pictures on a red carpet with the summit host, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and his wife and first lady Laura Bush.


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To: af_vet_rr

Why does the President even go to these corrupt, third-world cesspools? He should send them f*ing memos, that's all. WE need him HERE! Tell the Chileans to piss off.


701 posted on 11/20/2004 8:40:45 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Time to let slip the dogs...)
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To: ken5050

Ken,
I think your comments have been clear-headed and correct.
This situation should never have resulted in President Bush actually WADING INTO THE FRAY.
The SS agents should have a contingency plan that mirrors what you suggested: a clear, loud 'call' to the President and other SS agents that something unusual was afoot _to immediately alert them_. Their job would then be to completely close ranks around the President and, with just a split second to decide, determine if he should be thrown to the ground to be physically protected on-the-spot or hustled out of there as quickly as possible.


702 posted on 11/20/2004 8:40:52 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: Trainfish

Yeah you woulda thought there would be a SS guy or two forward inside the building already-Good grief.


703 posted on 11/20/2004 8:41:05 PM PST by pangaea6
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

I'm in total agreement with you.


704 posted on 11/20/2004 8:42:13 PM PST by silent_jonny
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To: Dashing Dasher
See also this SHORT EXCERPT from the Washington Post:
...Bush and the first lady had gone inside the hall to pose for photos with Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and his wife, Luisa Duran. Having either heard the commotion or realizing something was amiss, Bush then broke away.

He returned to the hall's entrance and reached over a crowd of people, pointing at his agent. Bush then braced himself against someone and grabbed the agent, who walked through the wall of people who had been blocking his way.

Bush adjusted his right cuff link in one swift motion, as if shaking the dust off, and headed into dinner...


705 posted on 11/20/2004 8:43:41 PM PST by RonDog
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To: ohioWfan
I love him too.......He's got the right stuff!

We all need to pray for his protection and safe return home!

707 posted on 11/20/2004 8:44:12 PM PST by JulieRNR21 (We Love Ya....Dubya and Laura !)
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To: TexKat

Maybe we could all get together, hold the Dims down, and force medication down their throats. They are already seeing doctors. Sorta like a mass healing thing. They sure do need it. Something is terrible off kilter with them.


708 posted on 11/20/2004 8:44:23 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: silent_jonny

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) speaks with Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during a break in the annual meeting of the 21 member countries of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), in Santiago, November 20, 2004.


709 posted on 11/20/2004 8:45:28 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Diogenesis


Unreal.
This could have been a disaster.


710 posted on 11/20/2004 8:45:46 PM PST by onyx
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To: politicalmerc
Yes - so? These are the only SS nearby?

If so, then I share you concern. I'm assuming that there are more, than those three and the one trapped behind the crowd. Perhaps I'm being naive and optimistic.

711 posted on 11/20/2004 8:45:53 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (Welcome home, Vietnam Vets.)
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To: timbuck2
Thanks for the DU link.
Yeech! I need a shower now.
712 posted on 11/20/2004 8:46:05 PM PST by ItsForTheChildren
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To: wjersey

Something not quite right about this.


713 posted on 11/20/2004 8:46:09 PM PST by handy (Forgive me this day, my daily typos...The Truth is not a Smear!)
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To: JonDavid

I think you are right. This was a very serious situation. TAHnk God, Bush is all right.

I just hope he finishes his trip safely.

He is planning to also go to Cartagena!

"On Monday, Bush plans to stop in Cartagena, Colombia, to meet with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe before continuing on to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, for the Thanksgiving holiday. "

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20041120-9999-1n20summit.html


714 posted on 11/20/2004 8:47:58 PM PST by FairOpinion (Thank you Swifties, POWs & Vets. We couldn't have done it without you.)
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To: Lijahsbubbe
Since when is it the job of the SS to look at the President? It's their job to recognize and neutralize the threat.

If their eyes were on the President, I'd presume they weren't SS, and were a potential danger.

715 posted on 11/20/2004 8:48:23 PM PST by ThePythonicCow (Welcome home, Vietnam Vets.)
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To: Pharmboy

Bingo! LOLOMAROtF


716 posted on 11/20/2004 8:48:36 PM PST by ontos-on
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To: Lady Jag

Great post! LOL! We need more women like you in California.


717 posted on 11/20/2004 8:48:59 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Time to let slip the dogs...)
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To: FairOpinion

Why does every thread have to turn into something Freepers can get p.o.'d about? Unbelievable.


718 posted on 11/20/2004 8:49:53 PM PST by Barlowmaker
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To: NonValueAdded

719 posted on 11/20/2004 8:50:14 PM PST by Lady Jag (YAHOOO!!! W2!!!)
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To: silent_jonny
I feel good.

I knew that I would.

720 posted on 11/20/2004 8:50:27 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: FairOpinion
... continuing on to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, for the Thanksgiving holiday. "

Don't you know he'll be happy to be back home, where he can kick his shoes off, put on his jeans and just sit back and watch a little football in his own home!!!

721 posted on 11/20/2004 8:50:34 PM PST by LUV W (WE DID NOT WAVER; WE DID NOT TIRE; WE DID NOT FALTER; AND WE DID NOT FAIL!! GWB ROCKS!!!!!!!!)
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To: wjersey
NOT GOOD! I don't think our president (any president) needs to be in the public all that much in anymore. The potential for the worst case scenario is always present and these photos prove it.

My first reaction when reading this article was ANGER. How can a situation like this be allowed to happen, and how can we trust other countries to provide the quality protection our president needs?

This better be a heads up wake-up call to the secret service. PRONTO!!
722 posted on 11/20/2004 8:52:09 PM PST by Swede Girl
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To: FairOpinion

All these world leader meetings.....have they never heard of video conferencing? If they can't do that, send a delegate but keep our beloved president here at home. I stayed drawn up while he was on his last visit to civilized England. Latin & South America is Russian Roulette.


723 posted on 11/20/2004 8:52:10 PM PST by daybreakcoming
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To: FairOpinion

See the picture of President Bush with the head of S.P.E.C.T.E.R, no I mean Russia, Putin


724 posted on 11/20/2004 8:52:21 PM PST by JonDavid
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To: homemom
AND thanks to any other servicemen and women who might be reading this, AND thanks to their families for their sacrifice. I don't have any family memebers in any of the services, but thru FR have gotten to know some . . . God bless you all!

We do feel the love. Tomorrow I'm heading down to FReep a protest some liberal whackos are aiming at our guys. They're all but calling our GI's Baby Killers. It should be an interesting party.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1284246/posts

725 posted on 11/20/2004 8:52:33 PM PST by Marie (~shhhhh...~ The liberals are sleeping....)
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To: Barlowmaker

Don't you have any concern about President Bush's safety, when he is visiting these third world places full of drugs and terrorists and corrupt officials?


726 posted on 11/20/2004 8:52:58 PM PST by FairOpinion (Thank you Swifties, POWs & Vets. We couldn't have done it without you.)
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To: KJC1

I just loved watching him jump into the crowd, pulling people away from his agent and, damn, just taking charge of the situation.


727 posted on 11/20/2004 8:54:58 PM PST by mombrown1 (Trust in God and our President)
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To: FairOpinion

Of course I do, but you, I and every other keyboard expert do not have the FIRST CLUE about the situational security scenario in that area at that time. But, if you look, now the thread is turning bitter that Bush is traveling, that his SS detail failed etc. It's just like clockwork here.


728 posted on 11/20/2004 8:55:01 PM PST by Barlowmaker
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To: JonDavid

Russia may not be our friend, but they are not the enemy.

I do think Bush and Putin have some behind the scene agreements and cooperation.

But I wouldn't trust China, and a lot of S. American countries.


729 posted on 11/20/2004 8:55:58 PM PST by FairOpinion (Thank you Swifties, POWs & Vets. We couldn't have done it without you.)
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To: Dashing Dasher
For all of the DU Trolls - go over and tell them how awesome you think Bush is for what he did and you may change your politics because of it. I just did.... {giggle....}

Looks like the DUmmmies busted you Dasher.. Time for a new screen name.

730 posted on 11/20/2004 8:56:53 PM PST by Colorado Doug
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To: Colorado Doug

Done!


731 posted on 11/20/2004 8:58:04 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Bush/Cheney -- Peace through Strength)
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To: Barlowmaker

His SS detail didn't fail -- the Chilean security forces deliberately tried to separate President Bush from his protection. That is what happened.

Thank God, that it all ended well.

Bush's quick thinking saved the situation.


732 posted on 11/20/2004 8:58:17 PM PST by FairOpinion (Thank you Swifties, POWs & Vets. We couldn't have done it without you.)
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To: JonDavid
President Bush decision to go back to get the USSS agent threw off the assassins.

And where did you get this info?

733 posted on 11/20/2004 8:58:57 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: FairOpinion
the Chilean security forces deliberately tried to separate President Bush from his protection

How do you know? You think the entire SS detail was standing in that doorway?

734 posted on 11/20/2004 8:59:40 PM PST by Barlowmaker
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To: STARWISE
Thank you, yes, that is the lady that I had in mind.

The one at graduation, acts as tho she is Secret Service.

The other photo, I have no knowledge of.

The lady in todays photo, has the long hair and the red jacket, which I have noticed in other photos.

Todays lady does appear younger.

I think it is safe to say that the lady of today is a cop of some type, I don't think a reporter would get that involved.

It is good that you were able to find the photos, the shots of Laura at the graduation, are keepers, she reminds me of the proud mother that she is, yet there is a gleam in her eye, that she managed to get to the graduation.

It had been clearly stated in all the papers, that they would not be there and it was for safety, theirs and all the others in the program. At the time there was an al Qaeda threat out on them.
735 posted on 11/20/2004 8:59:51 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (Today, please pray for God's miracle, we are not going to make it without him.)
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To: wjersey

I haven't read through the 700+ posts, so this may already be posted, however, we have a saying in Texas. It's "Don't mess with Texas" and I think they just realized Texas goes with us wherever we are! 8) I just love a cowboy.


736 posted on 11/20/2004 9:00:56 PM PST by momf ( Immigrant =came the correct way; IIlegal = criminal)
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To: wjersey

Now is the time for President Bush to protect that Marine.


737 posted on 11/20/2004 9:03:05 PM PST by TedReed
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To: wjersey
I was surfing the web, looking for more detail on this incident (there doesn't appear to be much) and came across the coolest thing:

of course, it probably helps if you're a Dodgers fan :) . . . the only problem is that I have a hard time looking at the shirt without thinking of Raul Mondesi. (all Dodgers fans are wincing right now)

738 posted on 11/20/2004 9:03:54 PM PST by smonk
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To: RonDog
Bush adjusted his right cuff link in one swift motion, as if shaking the dust off, and headed into dinner...

LOL! Now that's the stuff of legend. Along with most FReepers, I'm deeply troubled by the security breech. However, the President was marvelous.

739 posted on 11/20/2004 9:04:20 PM PST by Wolfstar (Counting down the days to when the new White House puppy arrives.)
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To: MediaMole
Thanks, the ole Mark I eyeballs are slippin.
The President did the right thing, if he was a target tonight, he moved away from Laura (it's a Texas and all real men thing).
740 posted on 11/20/2004 9:05:48 PM PST by investigateworld (( ......"Bob, I bled from every wound", Sen. J. Kerry to Sen. R. Dole ...))
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To: Barlowmaker
You didn't read the article.

It clearly said:

"As Bush stepped inside, Chilean agents closed ranks at the door, blocking the president's agents from following."

"Chilean security tried to stop the president's Secret Service from accompanying him," said White House deputy press secretary Claire Buchan.

741 posted on 11/20/2004 9:06:06 PM PST by FairOpinion (Thank you Swifties, POWs & Vets. We couldn't have done it without you.)
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To: Galena Nevada

This minor incident notwithstanding, Chile is one of our best friends and allies (and trading partners) in Latin America.


742 posted on 11/20/2004 9:06:13 PM PST by Choose Ye This Day (New DNC political slogan to win back red states: "Vote for us, you stupid morons!")
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To: Samwise
Well, if this President thing doesn't work out for him, he can always get a security job at Pacer games.

LOL!

743 posted on 11/20/2004 9:07:01 PM PST by Auntie Mame ("Whether you think you can or think you can't -- you are right." Henry Ford)
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To: Barlowmaker

As the old timer in the South said: "You don't know nothin, boy."


744 posted on 11/20/2004 9:07:09 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Time to let slip the dogs...)
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To: wjersey

A Message To The World Leaders, THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON YOU, so act nice, or the Rangers will come a knockin on your heads, for messin with our Pres.!

OPS4 God BLess America! OPS4FREEPIN RANGERS!


745 posted on 11/20/2004 9:07:55 PM PST by OPS4 (worth repeating)
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To: mombrown1

I just loved watching him jump into the crowd, pulling people away from his agent and, damn, just taking charge of the situation.

 

What we didn't see is the little red dots. or Bullseyes on every head near the President at that time, there are other SS agents not involved in the fray, President Bush was just righting a case of mistaken identity, no need to give the DU any ammo or hope for a conspiracy or coup attempt.

I am proud of my President, this was just him being him... it is over.

TT


746 posted on 11/20/2004 9:09:57 PM PST by TexasTransplant (When you are over the hill, you pick up speed)
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To: FairOpinion

About 3-4 months before 9/11 Russia & China signed a military alliance. Just before and during 9/11 Russia was conducting bomber exercises in the Atlantic Ocean, near the US and also in the Artic. These bombers had added fuel capacity. After the 9/11 attack, President Bush called Putin and told him to cancel the exercise. He did. However, what if the 9/11 attacks were successful in decapitating our government? Do you think Putin would have stilled cancel the nuclear bomber exercise or gone for the kill?


747 posted on 11/20/2004 9:13:06 PM PST by JonDavid
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To: CindyDawg

Probably not, but I think she is used to it.


748 posted on 11/20/2004 9:13:59 PM PST by TexasTransplant (When you are over the hill, you pick up speed)
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To: JonDavid

You are certianly raising frightening possibilities.


749 posted on 11/20/2004 9:14:48 PM PST by FairOpinion (Thank you Swifties, POWs & Vets. We couldn't have done it without you.)
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To: FairOpinion
Bush frees agent from Chile guards

Sun 21 November, 2004 04:22

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush reached into a throng of squabbling bodyguards and pulled a Secret Service agent away from Chilean security officers after they stopped the him from accompanying the president at a dinner.

Chilean security stopped several members of the president's Secret Service detail and a pushing and shoving match ensued. It occurred as Bush was entering the Mapocho Station cultural centre on Saturday for an official dinner of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit's 21 leaders.

Bush was posing for pictures on the red carpet with his wife, Laura, and Chilean President Richard Lagos and his wife, Luisa Duran, when the president noticed the confrontation unfolding behind him.

He stepped away from them and reached into the quarrelling crowd and hauled the lead Secret Service agent from Chilean security agents.

For a few seconds Bush met resistance from the Chilean officers. Bush was seen shaking his head and muttering under his breath as he walked away.

APEC's summit television showed the incident.

The White House had little comment.

"Chilean security tried to stop the president's Security Service from accompanying him. He told them they were with him, and the issue was resolved," White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said.

750 posted on 11/20/2004 9:15:24 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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