October 1, 2014 9:56 am -

The armed man with three convictions for assault rode an elevator with the president in Atlanta September 16.


Obama was not told about the lapse in his security, these people said. The Secret Service director, Julia Pierson, asked a top agency manager to look into the matter but did not refer it to an investigative unit that was created to review violations of protocol and standards, according to two people familiar with the handling of the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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

The private contractor first aroused the agents’ concerns when he acted oddly and did not comply with their orders to stop using a cellphone camera to record the president in the elevator, according to the people familiar with the incident…

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

Extensive screening is supposed to keep people with weapons or criminal histories out of arm’s reach of the president. But it appears that this man, possessing a gun, came within inches of the president after undergoing no such screening.[su_csky_ad]

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.

17 responses to Armed Convict Rode Elevator With President Obama

  1. Skydog2 October 1st, 2014 at 10:12 am

    “Armed Convict Rode Elevator …….”

    Ex-convict, right?

    • Anomaly 100 October 1st, 2014 at 11:35 am

      There’s something wrong with you. You, a purported Democrat (which no one believes), tries to find fault with every little thing.

      • mea_mark October 1st, 2014 at 11:45 am

        Some people just like to live in a world of negativity.

        • Anomaly 100 October 1st, 2014 at 12:32 pm

          He says he’s a Dem. I would be embarrassed to admit it if I was a Republican. it’s understandable.

      • Skydog2 October 1st, 2014 at 1:15 pm

        Convicts are inmates, ex-convicts are former inmates.

        I’m a registered democrat; I could care less who believes it.

        • Anomaly 100 October 1st, 2014 at 1:33 pm

          No one believes you. Thank you for defining words for me, though!

          • Skydog2 October 1st, 2014 at 2:04 pm

            There was a minor error in the article so I made a minor comment. I didn’t go on and on about it. Don’t be so sensitive.

          • Anomaly 100 October 1st, 2014 at 4:21 pm

            I’m not overly sensitive. I just wanted you to know that I noticed what you’re doing.

          • Skydog2 October 1st, 2014 at 4:38 pm

            I didn’t intend to do what you think I did. I’m sorry if it came across that way.

          • Anomaly 100 October 1st, 2014 at 5:54 pm

            No worries. Thanks for saying that.

      • Skydog2 October 1st, 2014 at 3:32 pm

        ….. also, with regards to this comment I didn’t intend be picky/negative, sorry if it came across that way.

  2. Roctuna October 1st, 2014 at 10:40 am

    How does someone not in the President’s party even get IN an elevator with the POTUS? Seems to me that was the first and biggest mistake.

    • R.J. Carter October 1st, 2014 at 11:05 am

      You run up quickly shouting “Hold the door! Hold the door!”

      • Roctuna October 1st, 2014 at 3:12 pm

        It’s so obvious once you say it. I should have known.

  3. Roctuna October 1st, 2014 at 11:00 am

    How’s this for weird spin? Politico says assassination of Obama is only way the Secret Service will be reformed and if it happens, it’s Obama’s fault

  4. Pilotshark October 1st, 2014 at 11:14 am

    makes you wonder a little if Lamborn wasnt talking to the SS the same way he was to the Generals.

  5. Maxx44 October 1st, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Here in the NRA controlled state of Georgia, the state parole board is as busy as can be restoring the “rights” of convicted felons to rearm themselves. Due to the “guns everywhere” bill signed by our ethically challenged gov., cops cannot even ask an open carrier if he/she has a license.