Skip to comments.Obama signs law giving himself, Bush lifetime Secret Service guard
Posted on 01/12/2013 8:31:46 AM PST by yoe
Former presidents have to give up rides on Air Force One. But now they don't have to give up being shadowed by the armed-and-earpieced bodyguards of the Secret Service.
President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into a law a measure giving him, George W. Bush and future former presidents and their spouses lifetime Secret Service protection, the White House announced.
The legislation, crafted by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, rolls back a mid-1990s law that imposed a 10-year limit on Secret Service protection for former presidents. Bush would have been the first former commander in chief affected.
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At what point do former elected officials become simple citizens again?
And his kids are in a Quaker school surrounded by armed guards. How’s that grab you Mr. and Mrs. North America?
I agree! If they want protection, then they can pay for it. They already get generous lifetime pensions and expense accounts!
Hell he doesn’t even want us to have 30 round magazines.
Somebody’s got to walk the dog.
I find it ironic that Richard Nixon, our most reviled modern ex-president, was the only one to ever relinquish Secret Service protection.
So, he has the power to fund SS protection for eternity?
What’s the matter Prez, getting a little warm under the collar, think a few million might be out to get ya or something. Get your own body guards with your own money not taxpayers. you SOB.
As long as the families don’t accept any compensation or rent for providing facilities for the SS.
As soon as the new official says "So help me God". Anyway that is the way it is SUPPOSED to be. George Washington declined to run again because we fought to defeat a king and he did not want the new republic to have a king. Sadly we have slowly crept back to the President as King mentality. Just take a look at the number of "attendants" that follow the President around, and I am not even counting the SS contingent. It is sad, sad what this country is becoming. I cry for it.
I bet you are more likely to be targeted because you are a taxi cab driver or because you are a woman than because you are an ex-President. What makes their lives so special just because they won a popularity contest? If there is equal protection under the law then it should be equal.
Richard Nixon lived in metro New York City with private security. Herbert Hoover lived in New York for 31 years after leaving office with no Secret Service.
I'll drink to that!
I believe Truman was also SS free...the Truman’s were exemplary as to their humbleness and station in life...they knew they served the people, not the other way around.
Obama does not have good friend building skills. That is all I will say.
112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Jan 01, 2012 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).
One Hundred Twelfth Congress
United States of America
AT THE SECOND SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
the third day of January, two thousand and twelve
To amend title 18, United States Code, to eliminate certain limitations on the length of Secret Service Protection for former Presidents and for the children of former Presidents.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012’.
SEC. 2. ELIMINATING CERTAIN LIMITATIONS ON THE LENGTH OF SECRET SERVICE PROTECTION FOR FORMER PRESIDENTS AND FOR THE CHILDREN OF FORMER PRESIDENTS.
(a) Former Presidents- Section 3056(a)(3) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking ‘unless the former President did not’ and all that follows through ‘warrant such protection’.
(b) Children of Former Presidents- Section 3056(a)(4) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking ‘for a period’ and all that follows through ‘comes first’.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.
Harry and Bess drove back to dc in their own car on their first visit.
Harry Truman was a public servant in the truest sense of the term. The David McCullough bio “Truman” is a wonderful (if long) read.
Why would they shoot their in-side guy?.
At the time Truman left office, there was no provision for any benefits for former presidents, including pension and Secrete Service protection Primarily due to Truman's financial position Congress enacted the Former Presidents Act in 1958. Truman accepted the benefits as have every former president since. (It is interesting to note that at the time he left office, Truman had lower approval ratings than Nixon had when he resigned.)