Does Obama Have Confidence in Secret Service Chief?

I don’t think so.

At least, any confidence he might have is contingent on what we find out.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney played the artful dodger on the question Tuesday, and apparently none of the White House press corps picked up on it.

We’re back to, “It depends on what the meaning of the words ‘is’ is.”

Here’s why.

Carney was asked Tuesday, “Does the President feel that if these allegations are confirmed that the director of the Secret Service, Director Sullivan, should step down?”

He answered:

The President has confidence in the director of the Secret Service.  Director Sullivan acted quickly in response to this incident and is overseeing an investigation as we speak into the matter.  Beyond that, I’m not going to, as the President did not, speculate about conclusions that the investigation might reach, since it is ongoing.

Notice he talked only about the present tense. The question was about what would happen in the future if the allegations against the agents are confirmed.

So there IS confidence in Director Mark Sullivan.

But if these various charges are true, including a mass importation of prostitutes into the hotel where the Secret Service members were staying – with copies of Obama’s itinerary laying around and the prospect that that these agents could be bribed – I suspect there is something wrong at the United States Secret Service.

I mean, would it really be such an original ploy for a foreign adversary to try to tempt government officials with prostitutes?

Mr. Sullivan, look at Carney’s comments carefully, and be very afraid.

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