Obama doesn’t trust Latinos with sharp objects?

Posted by: Phineas on June 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

We’re not talking about a street gang, mind you, but a roomful of elected officials:

Shortly before President Obama addressed a gathering of Latino officials — whose support he is actively seeking — guests at the Friday conference were told to hurry up and finish lunch. The reason? The president’s security wanted to make sure all sharp-edged utensils were cleared away. 

The surprise announcement came from Raquel Regalado, a board member for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. 

“It’s very important that you use your utensils as soon as possible,” she told the Florida crowd. 

Chuckling through her own warning, Regalado noted they’d be having “another speaker” — the president — and “there is some Secret Service involved.” 

“So there’s a reason why there’s no knives at your table, and the forks will be collected,” she said. “And I’m not joking.”

The article later mentions that this is not unusual: the Secret Service regularly collects (1) potential weapons when a president speaks at a gathering. Making the announcement was unusual, however. But, if 9/11 could be pulled off by guys armed with box-cutters, I guess a madman with a spork could be a real threat. Still… weird.

Good thing no one was armed with a banana:

(1) When they’re not chasing hookers and getting into brawls, that is.

PS: What? It’s Sunday. You were expecting a serious post?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “Obama doesn’t trust Latinos with sharp objects?”


  1. EBL says:

    You need a visual for this one…

    And given he stumbled coming into the speech, maybe the Secret Service was nervous Obama might slip and fall on cutlery.

  2. Carlos says:

    It seems that the paranoia that Duh-1 has only let slip periodically is coming into full bloom now.

    Typical of a megalomaniac. All of history’s others have fallen into the same dung-heap of personal desperation as their holds on the masses slipped, too…

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    I still think it was a missed golden opportunity when John Boehner was within arm’s length of Obhammud with a golf club in his hands.