Secret Service

Better than “Gym Bunny”

The Secret Service gives their charges codenames, most get to choose the codenames themselves. Paul Ryan has chosen a cool one:

Paul Ryan has chosen “Bowhunter” as his Secret Service code name, in a nod to his passion for deer stalking.

The vice-presidential candidate’s choice echoes Mitt Romney’s own selection of “Javelin” and completes an election-year line up that includes¬†Barack Obama’s “Renegade” and Joe Biden’s “Celtic”.

The Secret Service gives families codenames all beginning with the same letter, leaving Mr Ryan’s wife Janna with the gentler title of “Buttercup”, according to¬†GQ.

As well as being a fitness fanatic, Mr Ryan is an avid hunter and stalks the woods of his native Wisconsin armed with a state-of-the-art bow and a quiver of arrows.

The 42-year-old congressman is the only passionate hunter on either ticket and has turned his hobby into an electoral asset.
In an interview for the cover story of this month’s Deer and Deer Hunter magazine he describes how his Winchester rifle was “shaking in my hands” as he killed his first deer at the age of 16.He also reveals how be bought his 10-year-old daughter a rifle for Christmas and brought all three of his three young children into the hunting stands with him.

Yep “Bowhunter” is much better than “Gym Bunny”

Secret Service Scandal Widens

ŠĒ• NZ Herald

At least 20 foreign women and as many Secret Service officers and Marines met at a hotel in Colombia in an incident involving prostitution, and lawmakers are seeking information about any possible threat to the US or to President Barack Obama, who arrived for a conference soon after, congressional officials said.

In briefings throughout the day, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told lawmakers that 11 members of his agency met with 11 women at a hotel in Cartagena, and more non-American females were involved with American military personnel. The presidential guard in the United States comprises members of the Secret Service.

Meanwhile the obvious cartoons and lampooning using Bill Clinton have begun:

Nice for some

ŠĒ• Herald Sun

Obamas bodyguards have been guarding the wrong bodies:

A DOZEN US Secret Service agents have been relieved of their duties after allegations of personal misconduct involving prostitutes.

The agents had been sent to Colombia to provide security for US President Barack Obama at an international summit.

The AP received an anonymous tip that the misconduct involved prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, the site of the Summit of the Americas.

A Secret Service spokesman did not dispute the allegation.

A US official, who was not authorised to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity, put the number of agents at 12. The agency was not releasing the number of personnel involved.

The incident threatened to overshadow Mr Obama’s economic and trade agenda at the summit and embarrass the US. The White House had no comment.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan would not confirm that prostitution was involved, saying only that there had been “allegations of misconduct” made against Secret Service personnel in the Colombian port city hosting Mr Obama and more than 30 world leaders.

Mr Donovan said the allegations of misconduct were related to activity before the president’s arrival on Friday night, where Mr Obama was attended a leaders’ dinner at Cartagena’s historic Spanish fortress.