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Michelle replied that the dangers of the Presidency were not novel. “I don’t lose sleep about it,” she said. “Because the realities are, as a black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station”—certainly the first time that this particular demographic truth has been enlisted as a reason to be optimistic about a black man’s prospects.

Barack Obama’s Safety

Sleight-of-hand artist Apollo Robbins is so stealthy that he once started a conversation with Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service agents and had everything out of their pockets within minutes. They were completely unaware that he’d acquired their badges, watches, Carter’s itinerary, and the keys to his motorcade. Source

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Via The New Yorker:

“In more than a decade as a full-time entertainer, Robbins has taken (and returned) a lot of stuff, including items from well-known figures in the worlds of entertainment (Jennifer Garner, actress: engagement ring); sports (Charles Barkley, former N.B.A. star: wad of cash); and business (Ace Greenberg, former chairman of Bear Stearns: Patek Philippe watch).

He is probably best known for an encounter with Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service detail in 2001. While Carter was at dinner, Robbins struck up a conversation with several of his Secret Service men. Within a few minutes, he had emptied the agents’ pockets of pretty much everything but their guns.

Gifs via: youtube/NBC

Robbins brandished a copy of Carter’s itinerary, and when an agent snatched it back he said, “You don’t have the authorization to see that!” When the agent felt for his badge, Robbins produced it and handed it back. Then he turned to the head of the detail and handed him his watch, his badge, and the keys to the Carter motorcade.”

Gifs via: Buzzfeed/YouTube/NewYorker

Security Failure: A Masked Intruder Broke Into The White House And Gave The President A Guitar Lesson

Well, this could have been bad. According to White House sources and news outlets in Washington, D.C., a masked intruder just made his way past security, broke into the White House, and gave President Obama a free guitar lesson before finally being apprehended by the Secret Service.

This was a really close call.

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All withheld records from the JFK assassination will be opened by 2017, unless certified as justifiably closed by the President of the United States. 

Ten minutes after President Kennedy was shot, CBS broadcast the first nationwide TV news bulletin on the shooting.

After that, all three television networks, CBS, NBC, and ABC, interrupted their regular programming to cover the assassination for four straight days.

The JFK assassination was the longest uninterrupted news event on television until the coverage of the September 11 attacks in 2001.


Security Failure: President Obama Has Been Sitting Alone In The Kansas City International Airport For The Past 4 Days

We’re lucky that the president is safe and sound today, after those in charge of protecting him failed in a massive way to do just that. According to a White House spokesperson, President Obama was left completely alone in the Kansas City International Airport for the past four days, before Secret Service agents realized their error and picked him up late last night.

This is a security failure of truly epic proportions.

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