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Secret Service takes forks away from Latinos at Obama event... Participants outraged.


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Initial post: Jun 22, 2012 3:25:13 PM PDT
Captain says:
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --Does a fork or dinner knife pose an unacceptable danger to President Barack Obama?

One wouldn't think so, given the hundreds of lunches and dinners he's attended ranging from state dinners to political fundraisers to run-of-the-mill stops on the rubber-chicken circuit.

However, at one such lunch Friday afternoon, guests heard an unusual announcement that they needed to hand over their silverware for security reasons.

"It's very important that you use your utensils as soon as possible," National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials board member Raquel Regalado told about 1000 delegates at the group's annual conference.

Regalado hurried the diners to finish up their salads and pre-cut chicken breasts, saying that the Secret Service required that there be no knives at the tables and that the forks be rounded up before Obama entered the room.

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/06/forkless-friday-at-obama-event-127056.html

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 3:27:44 PM PDT
TOPICWAQ says:
That's hilarious. Thanks for sharing:)

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 3:29:16 PM PDT
Captain says:
So much for all the votes he bought last week.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 3:29:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012 3:30:22 PM PDT
Boomy says:
You all hate the secret service...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 3:29:56 PM PDT
Axiomatic!!! says:
Guess they were clinging to their Bibles and forks....

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 3:31:09 PM PDT
forkin' hilarious

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 3:31:54 PM PDT
did they get to keep their spoons ?
even in prison they get to use spoons !

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 3:32:10 PM PDT
ET says:
I posted a similar event las week, and I was doubted.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 3:33:10 PM PDT
I also cannot take my knitting needles into jury duty at our local court house.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 3:33:57 PM PDT
A Secret Service spokesman confirmed that the agency made the request, but said such requirements are common at large events where the president speaks at about the same time people are dining.

"The Secret Service coordinates this process with staff and host committee to ensure tables are cleared of material that may be deemed hazardous prior to the arrival of the president," Special Agent Max Milien told POLITICO.

In other words, the announcement at the Latino officials' event may have been unusual, but the removal of the silverware usually takes place without anyone realizing it's a security measure.

Still, there are a wide variety of breakfasts, lunches and dinners the president attends where diners still have the full complement of silverware was Obama speaks.

Milien declined to comment on the discrepancy. However, it's known that the Secret Service adjusts security depending on the size of the crowd and how much officials know about who's in attendance. At some events, guests must pass through magnetometers. At others, they don't.

The Service usually doesn't worry too much about impromptu stops where a potential assailant would have no reason to expect the president. Sometimes the president's attendance at sporting events is kept secret until the last minute to avoid having to perform security checks on every fan.

Indeed, there is plenty of silverware at large events like the White House Correspondents Dinner. However, those on the dais are well known to the White House and Obama does not plunge into the crowd there. After the speech, Obama spent about six minutes shaking hands along a so-called ropeline in front of the crowd.

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/06/forkless-friday-at-obama-event-127056.html

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 5:17:15 PM PDT
Captain says:
You're welcome. Always glad to show what Obama really thinks about his client groups.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 5:43:54 PM PDT
Well that should win the hearts of Latino voters!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 5:45:53 PM PDT
ET says:
"The Service usually doesn't worry too much about impromptu stops where a potential assailant would have no reason to expect the president. "

The incident I mentioned was impromptu on a college campus.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 5:52:36 PM PDT
Intrepid says:
Really? If I went to such an event, I would not be outraged and screaming, "THEY TOOK MY FORK." I might still be hungry but I would not want to look like a pig.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 5:53:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012 5:54:57 PM PDT
Lettuce Prey says:
I'm sure the Secret Service had their reason for taking away the forks and knifes from these people. You never know what their type will do.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 5:54:26 PM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
Secret Service vs Dinner Service

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 5:56:22 PM PDT
ET says:
Wow

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 5:59:48 PM PDT
Intrepid says:
I hope you were being sarcastic. All it takes is one person throwing a shoe, a knife or a fork to mar an event and then the message becomes lost amidst the 15 sec of infamy.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 6:02:43 PM PDT
Axiomatic!!! says:
I wonder if a spork would be acceptable.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 6:06:37 PM PDT
ET says:
I suppose it depends on the tines.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 6:09:39 PM PDT
Axiomatic!!! says:
2 points!

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 6:11:24 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 6:12:16 PM PDT
TOPICWAQ says:
Maybe they should have just served, uh, finger food. I will not mention specifics:)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 6:13:47 PM PDT
Axiomatic!!! says:
I like anything that involves licking my fingers afterwards....

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 6:15:08 PM PDT
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