Friday, February 22, 2008
The Secret Service told Dallas police to stop screening for weapons while people were still arriving at a campaign rally for Barack Obama, a report said.To have this happen anywhere is absurd to begin with, but in DALLAS!??!!? What is the Dealey with THAT?
Police stopped checking people for weapons at the front gates of Reunion Arena more than an hour before the Democratic presidential hopeful appeared on stage Wednesday, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported.
Police said the order to stop using metal detectors and checking purses and laptop bags constituted a security lapse, the newspaper reported.
"Sure," said [Dallas Deputy Police Chief T.W.] Lawrence, when asked if he was concerned by the great number of people who had gotten into the building without being checked. But, he added, the turnout of more than 17,000 people seemed to be a "friendly crowd."
Oh, right, this is Kennedy assassination memorabilia week!
There are no excuses for this. The Secret Service basically allowed there to be less security for a presidential candidate than would be provided for a sports event at the same venue.
And here's your unintentional ironic line for the day, delivered by someone waiting in line on Wednesday for the Obama rally:
While waiting for the doors to open at 10:30 a.m., Ms. Marcus had befriended Jeremiah Sutton, 31, of Highland Park, who said he came early because “I want to be front and center.” Mr. Sutton said he was proud that a black candidate had gotten this far in a presidential campaign.
“He gives us the same sense of security that JFK gave us,” he said.