So, President Obama is willing to send guns into Mexico, but American Latinos are not permitted forks in his presence.
This really happened today just before Obama’s speech in Orlando to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
According to Politico, the knives as well were disallowed and had already been removed. The Secret Service says such things do happen.
A Secret Service spokesman confirmed that the agency made the request, but said such requirements are common at large events where the president speaks at about the same time people are dining.
“The Secret Service coordinates this process with staff and host committee to ensure tables are cleared of material that may be deemed hazardous prior to the arrival of the president,” Special Agent Max Milien told POLITICO. “Any implication that this was unique for this event is completely inaccurate.”
In other words, the announcement at the Latino officials’ event may have been unusual, but the removal of the silverware usually takes place without anyone realizing it’s a security measure.
Still, there are a wide variety of breakfasts, lunches and dinners the president attends where diners still have the full complement of silverware as Obama speaks.
I’ve never heard of this practice, though I don’t travel with the president and so I’m not at many of his events away from the White House.
I can tell you one thing. Everyone had forks – and knives – at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner this year and dug into their steaks while the president sat just a few feet away.