It is no secret that President Barack Obama has been the target of several wannabe assassins since the beginning of his campaign. With time, one would think people would be settled with idea that the nation’s president is a black man, sadly, that’s not the case.
In the new book,”In the President’s Secret Service,” it reveals President Obama’s life is threatened over 30 times a day and with increased threats come increased Secret Service security, which is now under-resourced and overstretched.
Since Obama was elected, death threats against him have increased 400 percent from approximately 3,000 per year under President George W. Bush, according to Ronald Kessler the author of the book.
“Renegade”, Obama’s code name within the Secret Service has been threatened to the nines, some of which have been publicized. In Tennessee late last year, a group of white supremacists planned to rob a gun shop, shoot 88 black people, behead 14 additional blacks and finally assassinate the first black president of the U.S.
Although some have been disclosed, the Secret Service tries its best not to divulge threat details in fear of copycat attempts. While most threats are not credible, each one has to be thoroughly investigated.
After Obama was elected president, his two children Malia, 11, codenamed Radiance, and Sasha, eight, codenamed Rosebud, began receiving Secret Service protection. Obama’s wife Michelle is codenamed Renaissance. The Secret Service has also assigned agents to Vice-President Joe Biden’s children, grandchildren, and mother.
What’s the cure? Hire more agents, right? Instead of calling on the aid of other agents, they’ve committed to working longer hours to cover extra persons in need of round-the-clock security.
“We have half the number of agents we need, but requests for more agents have fallen on deaf ears at headquarters,” a Secret Service agent told Kessler. “Headquarters’ mentality has always been, ‘You can complete the mission with what you have. You’re a U.S.S.S. agent’.”