Skip to comments.Durbin says Obama needs Secret Service in part because he's black
Posted on 05/05/2007 4:19:13 AM PDT by greedo
Concerns about Sen. Barack Obama's safety that led to him getting a Secret Service detail "had a lot to do with race," Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday.
"I wished we lived in a country where that is not a problem, but it still is," Durbin said. "The fact that Barack Obama is such a highly visible African-American candidate, I think increases his vulnerability."
Obama, vying to become America's first black president, received his Secret Service protection Thursday. It was earlier than any other presidential candidate, excluding Hillary Clinton, who is protected as a former first lady.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Chicago for Rep. Jan Schakowsky's Ultimate Women's Power Lunch at the Chicago Hilton, was on the panel that recommended Obama be guarded by federal agents.
"I would just say this -- the bipartisan leadership committee that makes this decision, it didn't take long to decide that it would be important for Sen. Obama to have this security," Pelosi said.
The country's first female House speaker, flanked by Secret Service agents, said she couldn't share details, but added: "Suffice to say that it was self-evident that Sen. Obama attracts a great deal of attention wherever he goes, so it was thought, under those circumstances, that he should have" it.
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I am certain that the Secret Service will protect him from
all possible threats.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Thats a shame, michelle obama is one of the best anti-obama weapons out there. Please let her talk!
Yeah, we wished you lived in another country too and not just in another world.
Well, Mrs. Obama seems much more respectful and appreciative of the USSS than the Toons ever were. I’ll give her points for that :)
is he hangin’ wit gangsta’s?
I suspect they released a statement rather than allowing her to talk.
I would imagine your right though about the respect.....after all who could have less respect for those that serve, than the clintons.
Obama needs protection because the democrats can no longer control their moonbats.
imagine if he lived in france or germany, where race riots happen daily
ping to the halfrican
George Bush needs SS protection in part because he is white.
I was under the impression that Obama was receiving personal threats, but this article makes it sound like that wasn’t the case.
The aim, no doubt, was to make it seem as if some “right wing” nutcase would like to harm Obama for his “uppittyness”.
Unfortunately, having a bitch for a wife doesn’t keep you out of the White House.
OK, I just noticed the article is from the Sun Times,
it figures the tone would be what it is... 8^(
Racial demagoguery will be endless with Osama in the race.
Anyone of any color needs protection if they are gaining on Hellery, but Durbin is too chicken to say that out loud for fear that he’ll find his cat dead.
So just becuase a half black man is injected into front runnership it is suddenly a dangerous 3rd world country, thanks Dhims.
All the candidates,are equal, but some candidates,are more equal than others.
And, it the DemocRats would stop using race and class and wealth arguments, pitting one group against another in their quest for votes, we probably wouldn't have those problems nearly to the degree that we do. Did you ever consider that Turbin?
Maybe it is best for security’s sake but it kind of gives of the impression that you just can’t trust whitey not to kill a brotha if he gets the chance. The fact that Sharpton and Jackson, who have more power than Obama ever will, still suck air should put this stereotypical, throwback notion to rest. But no. The civil rights struggle is still going on in the minds of Democrats and they need to make themselves appear relevant.
Durbin seems obsessed with proving himself both a traitor and a moron....
I guess there is always the concern of Arkancide, but Durbin is a full-on nut job.
“durbin says obama needs secret service in part because he’s black”
so, mr durbin has single-handedly condemned the people of the united states as hopelessly racist.
(the duplicity of these people never fails to amaze)
looks like mr durbin is practising for when he becomes the commissar of something-or-other in the coming democrat administration(s)...he has to practice making edicts that everyone has to live by. (what a bunch of scu&bags)
Obama needs the Secret Service protection that Vince Foster lacked.
If Obama is a target — I suspect the DNC should be more suspect due their fear this loser becomes their candidate......they can’t allow a DNC plantation hand move into Massa’a bedroom in the big house.....
They kissed up their “Magic Negro” to the extent he has actually become a threat......
Beyond that he may be more the target on the basis of being the stealth Islamic candidate...
Of course it could be a way to even up the playing field with Senator Clinton. She gets Secret Service protection because of her husbands former job and it’s obvious when she speaks and meets with people. It gives subtle credibility with a lot of people. His getting Secret Service protection ups his standing. Threats can be real but there is a political aspect to this.
But he was somehow dealt a full deck of race cards to play. I wonder if some other person sold some of those cards as a race card offset.
Absolutely... the Dem candidates wives are a fountain of loopiness. As bad as Kerry was... Mama T somehow managed to make him worse. And who knows... maybe she helped give Bush Ohio.
I’ll bet they decide that only Black Rats would be in danger.
Well, thank goodness Turban Durbin didn’t call him “articulate”. Liberals are obsessed with race and sex.
Durbin is just doing the Chicago thang.
Blacks commit more than half of all violent crimes in the United States, so any of the candidates have more to fear from that group, particularly young black males, than from any other.
Obama needs the Secret Service protection that Vince Foster lacked.
Excuse me while I go and throw up.
oh, that was the plan?
It's plain to see who the racists are!
rev. al and 'turbin' durbin
the 'old media' missed that!
Will the Democrats ever evolve from their racist past? Can't they find a way to see black people as equals not in need of their help or demeaning special treatment?
I think an excellent demonstration of a good-faith effort by Democrats to overcome thier racism would be to get rid of thier Klansman in the Senate. That would be a wonderful start of racial healing for the Democrat party.
The demonrats keep ‘byrd’ on to remind certain people not to stray too far away from the demonrat party or it will be heck to pay. If ‘byrd’ were republican, he would have been gone long, long time ago, as we all know.
This is just another underhanded ploy by theDemoPerverts to paint Republicans as rabid racists. “Obama is
black, so the rabid racists (Republicans) may
try and kill him!”...What a bunch of bull!
He is under greater physical threat from
the Clinton Swamp Mafia, and the Klan whackos
of his own Party, than he ever will be from
He needs Secret Service protection because he is a Democrat.
The secret service knows what you speak is the truth.
This truth needs saying again!
Is this the “magic negro” card?
(has anyone else noticed how commercials are using the magic negro cliche? Washington Mutual, Alstate, Some recent long lasting Gum commerical)
[cue the Shanklin song with al sharpton singing.]
I am surprised he’s just getting Secret Service protection now. He’s been a serious contender in the race for some time.
Maybe Hilldubeast was behind this to make Obama look complicated.
I’ve heard this story before...
Durbin is following the wishes of hillary, if something happened to obamo it would devastate her plans for him as her running mate.