September 30, 2014 7:45 pm -

On Tuesday, it was revealed that a security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was able to get on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident.


[su_center_ad]The Washington Post reports:

The incident, which rattled Secret Service agents assigned to the president’s detail, occurred as Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis.

The private contractor aroused the detail agents’ concerns when he did not comply with their orders that he stop using a phone camera to videotape the president in the elevator, according to the people familiar with the incident.

Agents questioned the man when they exited the elevator, and then used a national database check to learn of his criminal history.

When a supervisor from the private security firm approached and learned of the agents’ concerns, the contractor was fired on the spot and agreed to turn over his gun — surprising agents, who had not realized he was armed during his encounter with Obama.

According to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), he was appalled when whistleblowers came forward to him with this account. The Post confirmed details of the event with other people familiar the incident.

“You have a convicted felon within arm’s reach of the president and they never did a background check,” Chaffetz said. “Words aren’t strong enough for the outrage I feel for the safety of the President and his family. “

Chaffetz added: “His life was in danger. This country would be a different world today if he had pulled out his gun.”

He’s absolutely right. This is just the latest in a string of security breaches, including the recent intruder who overpowered a Secret Service agent and ran through the main floor of the White House.

Wait for it — It appears that President Obama was nottold of the security breach in his Atlanta elevator.

Watch courtesy of The Washington Post:

It’s like they aren’t even trying. [su_csky_ad]

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

24 responses to Armed Convict Was Allowed On Elevator With Obama In Atlanta

  1. StoneyCurtisll September 30th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    What i find shocking is that the Secret Service would allow anyone on an elevator who isn’t connected to the government or white house on an elevator withe the President.

  2. StoneyCurtisll September 30th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Off topic…
    I wonder how long until the right wing blames President Obama for the first Ebola case in the US.

    • Cosmic_Surfer September 30th, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      They already have…It’s all part of the conspiracy to seize control, declare martial law and throw all “patriots” in FEMA camps as he seizes their guns…

      And, according to InfoWars…”Simply put, instead of preventing Ebola and other viruses from spreading within the U.S., Obama is readying his administration for a power grab if a major pandemic breaks out throughout the country.”

      and Laura Ingraham: “It’s his father’s rage against colonialism, as Dinesh D’Souza wrote about, and maybe this is a way to continue to atone for that… If a few American military personnel have to be exposed to the Ebola virus to carry out this redistribution of the privileged’s wealth, then so be it.”

      • mea_mark September 30th, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        Wouldn’t it be nice if this became a self fulfilling prophecy of the far right? Finally we can round up all the RWNJs, take away their guns and put them in a FEMA camp and call it Wingnutistan. On the bright side, Wingnutistan would be the theocracy they always wanted, just contained.

        • mynameisjohn September 30th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

          The theocracy and the buildings are already in a nice little town in Florida. Just have to build a fence.

      • StoneyCurtisll September 30th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

        Crazy haters are always gonna be crazy haters..
        Their delusions are many..
        But in the end, they are only delusions.

    • tracey marie September 30th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      done, WND and info wars have started the blame game, said it was intentional

  3. Abby Normal September 30th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I’m beginning to think the greatest threat to the President is the Secret Service. Why would they permit ANY total stranger to get on an elevator with the President of the United States? Their incompetence is beyond belief.

    • StoneyCurtisll September 30th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      They story says he was a “private contractor”..(what type)?
      like the ones we send overseas to fight our wars?
      Or something else?
      I would like to know more details.
      Still shocking.

    • Joe Bosse October 1st, 2014 at 12:42 am

      Hey Abby! it’s been a while.
      I have been told, although I have no verification, that a relative of a step somebody used to work in the white house for the SS, oops I mean secret service. (who came up with that anyway? it’s so much worse than the Tea Baggers.) If any of that was true, and it may be, her family is chock full of rich assholes who are clearly openly racist. They really do not have to feign incompetence, but it apparently works.

  4. tiredoftea September 30th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Their secret is out, they are incompetent.

  5. Denise September 30th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    secret service= kkk. they’re going to get the man and his family killed.

    • Skydog2 October 1st, 2014 at 2:28 am

      Do you think Biden is in cahoots with the KKK / secret service to take down Obama?

      • Carla Akins October 1st, 2014 at 5:17 am

        Great, now the nutjobs have a new theory. Don’t give them any ideas! /s

  6. Cosmic_Surfer September 30th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    The contractor was a security contractor hired by the CDC which is why he was allowed on the elevator – he was supposedly “vetted” to work at the CDC. The hysteria is mind-boggling. A bigger question should be asked – Why the hell has all the security been privatized? Oh, right – that scam that has been perpetrated by every president since Nixon and ‘roided since Reagan

    • fancypants October 1st, 2014 at 4:07 am

      even the cdc should know better then to hire a felon. Were they that short on applicants ?

  7. Bunya September 30th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I don’t recall any other president having these kinds of security problems. What is the difference between this president and all the preceding presidents? Hmmm. I wonder. What would set Obama apart from all the others who received adequate or excellent security? Quite baffling, indeed.

    • tracey marie September 30th, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      we all remeber the cops and secret service making racist jokes about killing the President and his family

    • Joe Bosse October 1st, 2014 at 12:30 am

      It’s because he’s been seen eating pork, as a secret kenyan muslim terrorist, it’s clearly a leftist conspiracy to eradicate the heretic.

    • Skydog2 October 1st, 2014 at 1:58 am

      John Hinckley says you’re wrong.

  8. Wayout October 1st, 2014 at 12:50 am

    And the next question is: Will anyone be held accountable? Answer: No.

  9. Skydog2 October 1st, 2014 at 2:45 am

    The secret service protects Obama similarly to how Obama protects our borders.

  10. fahvel October 1st, 2014 at 2:59 am

    the president, all of them probably, are surrounded by felons of every stripe and color 0 called political people – folks with objective other than self aggrandizement without really doing anything but lying.

  11. Skydog2 October 1st, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Greg Gutfeld: “we should impeach the president to protect the president”