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  •  Hmmm... good point. (5+ / 0-)

    Still, there's Secret Service protection, and then there's Secret Service protection for the guy who has the suitcase with the nuclear codes.

    Do ex-Presidents get motorcades when they're just running to Jewel-Osco to get some pasta for dinner that night, or grabbing ice cream with the kids? Do ex-Presidents have to stop for red lights?

    It's interesting thinking about how much there is to unlearn as an ex-President—particularly for an ex-President who will be as young as President Obama will be when his term is up in 2017.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:32:25 AM PST

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    •  I'm pretty sure the Obama's (2+ / 0-)
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      will be able to afford a driver if, in fact, they want one.

    •  Still part of national security interest (3+ / 0-)
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      Remember when Saddam tried to have Pappy Bush snuffed?  The assasination of an ex-president would be nearly as bad as that of a sitting president as far as national security goes.  A military response would be required, good enough reason for me to keep them guarded for life.  Last thing we need is another neocon wet dream in the mideast because some wacko got a lucky shot at an ex-president.

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 08:08:30 AM PST

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      •  Oh, absolutely it is... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...which is why ex-Presidents get Secret Service protection.

        But an ex-President isn't nearly as much of a national security interest as the sitting President, for obvious reasons.

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 08:26:22 AM PST

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