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<> on September 30, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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The Secret Service has taken a much deserved battering for an armed felon roaming free in the White House, fence jumpers, leaks of President Obama’s travel schedule to then GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a congressional impostor getting into an area where the President was at a Congressional Black Caucus function. The bungles cost the job of the director, ignited loud cries for a total overhaul of the service, and a guarded vote of confidence in the service from Obama. But the problems with the service, and the breeches, are only the tip of the iceberg in assessing the peril to Obama.

The Secret Service for obvious reasons has steadfastly refused to discuss threats to Obama or any other president. Their terse response to all requests for information on the threat level is always “we take all threats to the president seriously.” This hasn’t satisfied anyone, and has only caused presidential threat watchers to fill in the blanks. The most often cited unofficial report on the threat level to Obama is that the Secret Service fields on average about 30 threats a day, and that Obama has gotten more death threats than any other modern day president. Obama bashers pooh pooh this as so much hogwash, and cite their own unnamed Secret Service sources that claim the threat level against Obama is no greater than it has been against other presidents.

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