Let’s see now…as this story grows and grows, you have to wonder how dumb some nitwits that work in our government can be.
Enter Sex, Drugs, alcohol and of course some good ol’ rockn’roll in the mix…no matter that it involves the top of the top when it comes to the Secret Service.
Here are a few write-ups about this story today. First we start off with this from TB:
The woman apparently at the center of the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia has spoken out about her hotel dispute with an agent that triggered all of the fallout.
Speaking to the New York Times, the unnamed 24-year-old woman said their argument began over how much he owed her for the previous night’s activities.
“I tell him, ‘Baby, my cash money,’” she told the newspaper, saying he offered her $30 after they had agreed on $800.
The Times reported:
Disgusted with such a low offer, she pressed the matter. He became angry, ordered her out of the room and called her an expletive, she said.
She said she was crying at that point and went across the hall, where another escort had spent the night with a second American man from the same group. Both women began trying to get the money.
They knocked on the door but got no response. She threatened to call the police, but the man’s friend begged her not to, saying they did not want trouble. Finally, she said, she left to go home but came across a policeman who was stationed on the hallway and called in an English-speaking colleague.
He accompanied her back to the room and the dispute escalated. Two other Americans from the club emerged from their rooms and stood guard in front of their friend’s locked door. The two Colombian officers tried to argue the woman’s case.
A hotel security officer arrived. Eventually, she lowered her demand to $250, which she said was the amount she has to pay the man who helps find her customers. Eager to resolve the matter fast, the American men eventually gave her a combination of dollars and local currency worth about $225, and she left.
The woman, a single mother, said she and a girlfriend were first approached by a group of American men at a nightclub and that they bought two bottles of Absolut vodka for the table. The man sitting next to her invited her back to his room at the Hotel Caribe and events transpired from there.
“They never told me they were with Obama,” she told the Times. “They were very discreet.”
As many as 21 different foreign national women are believed to be involved in the scandal. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told the Times there is “no evidence that these women were seeking these guys out — that they were waiting for Secret Service agents, but all of that is being looked into.”
The woman also said she’s been unhappy with media reports labeling her a “prostitute.” She’s an escort, she said, which she described as being a “higher rank.”
“It’s the same but it’s different,” she said, meaning she can be more selective about her clients and charge more for her services. “It’s like when you buy a fine rum or a BlackBerry or an iPhone. They have a different price.”
She said she didn’t want the man she spent the night with to get into trouble, but now is “scared” and worried he could retaliate against her.
“This is something really big,” she said. “This is the government of the United States. I have nervous attacks. I cry all the time.”
Yeah right Dania…cry me a river and boo-hoo your way to book and movie deals after you’re done drying your tears.
Here’s some more I read this morning from GP:
The list keeps growing. Multiple bottles of vodka and whiskey, stiffed hookers, and, now, lines of cocaine are on the list of the Secret Service’s potential bad behavior. Funny how we never heard about this sort of behavior from the Secret Service agents of prior presidents. It’s an Obama world.
The New York Post reports,
Cocaine and several bottles of whiskey apparently fueled the elite agents’ boneheaded fling with about 20 hookers at a posh hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, a hotel staffer told The Post.
The employee responded to the trashed room with police and other Hotel El Caribe workers when one prostitute raised hell after a Secret Service member initially refused to pay her.
“When I went upstairs I walked into a messy room. The room was littered with two whiskey bottles — and a line of white powder, I believed to be cocaine, was on top of a round glass table in the room,” the staffer told The Post.
He painted a picture of morning-after mayhem in the lobby — just two days before President Obama landed in the country for an international summit.
“The prostitute was screaming in the lobby that he didn’t pay her,” the early-morning shift worker recalled. “She looked like she had a few drinks in her. She just wanted what was promised to her.
“She was very upset,” he said.
“The agent was supposed to pay her a [bar] fine on top of the pay rate for her sexual services, but he didn’t,” he said, referring to the local practice of paying a fee to the red-light district hot spot Pley Club to take one of its “dancers” out on a date, and then another fee directly to the woman.
The Secret Service didn’t return calls for comment.
At least 11 Secret Service members and 10 US military personnel partied with as many as 21 hookers at the hotel, according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
You can read some more here…as well as a video of the news regarding this and pictures as well.
So Dudes and Dudettes…I ask you, with all these scandals involving the O-Team…do you think it will survive come November?
Read this….it about sums it up many ways.
This is via PJ Tatler:
The term “Teflon President” was first used to describe Ronald Reagan because, with reference to the non-stick Teflon pan, because criticism and blame of President Reagan seldom seemed to stick.
President Obama, one could argue, has also been a “Teflon President”.
For when you consider the sluggish economy, historically high unemployment rates, soaring gas prices, an unpopular war dragging on, the highest deficits in history, the disastrous 2010 mid-term election and the increasing unpopularity of Obama Care, why then is President Obama still considered the odds on favorite to win re-election?
Well maybe those odds are about to change now that a series of concurrent scandals rock the White House.
Which begs the question, do the GSA and Secret Service scandals have the potential to burn off Obama’s Teflon, while arguably more serious on-going scandals like Fast and Furious and Solyndra have not?
Unlike Fast and Furious and Solyndra both the GSA and the Secret Service scandals are “made for media” with all the elements needed for maximum over-drive.
A “made for media” scandal must have at least two out of the three following elements.
First is a visual, like a photo or series of photos or best of all a video.
Here the GSA scandal receives five out of five stars including the first place winning video produced for and shown at the convention in question. Scandal visuals do not get better or more entertaining than this one (except maybe Edwards, John, sex tape, but that was not played 24/7 in the media, it just existed.)
Now for purposes of comparison, at this writing the Secret Service scandal does not have any images of those 21 lovely Columbian ladies at the center of the controversy. But watch this space, because it is only a matter of time. (More on this below)
Second, a “made for media” scandal needs either abuse of taxpayer money, or a corrupt office-holder stealing taxpayer money and or receiving large pay-offs.
Here, the GSA scandal earns the highest marks because the video itself tells the story of taxpayer waste and abuse. (Although the $825,000 spent at the convention is really only chump change in federal government land.)
The Secret Service scandal on the other hand, does not involve abuse of taxpayer dollars except that the agents were on duty at the time of the unfortunate dust-up over payment for services rendered. However, it does have the magic ingredient that fuels all scandals.
That third and final ingredient is, of course, sex.
The GSA scandal gets low marks for sex. But, because elements one and two are so powerful, lack of sex should not hurt this scandal’s staying power, especially since the Congressional hearings are filled with such “outrage” from both sides of the aisle.
The press loves nothing more than sex scandals involving men who carry guns whose job it is to protect the president while working for an organization representing the highest professional standards that our culture holds dear. Combine all that with Secret Service folklore — the stuff movies are made of like “taking the bullet”, and you have a five star scandal that could soon develop into its own fledging media empire especially when the 21 women come forward seeking fame and fortune.
You can just see the headline now, “The Women Who Rocked the Secret Service – photos inside, download now or click here.”
So will these two scandals now clobbering the White House succeed in rubbing the Teflon off President Obama?
The GSA scandal certainly has the greatest potential and not just because it is an easy scandal for the American people to grasp with parties, trips and bonuses — its true potential for damaging Obama goes much deeper.
John L. Mica, R-FL who is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said on CNN recently:
“People from the White House knew about it, did nothing, kept it quiet until just a few days ago when a statement was released by the president condemning the act.”
Mica then raised the scandal to Watergate levels by adding:
“We think they’ve held this information.”
Yes, the true potential for removing Obama’s Teflon is “what did Obama know and when did he know it?” This is the most important scandal meter question of all time. It has become an evergreen gift from when Tennessee Senator Howard Baker, first asked it during the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973.
Now certainly, Fast and Furious and Solyndra are both serious scandals. Especially Fast and Furious, which involves the death of a US Border Patrol agent, and has the greatest potential to blow up the Obama White House any day now with that ever-present Watergate question they seem to be avoiding.
PJ Media has been on the forefront of this scandal and Forbes made a grand statement last year with a piece entitled, Fast and Furious Just Might Be President Obama’s Watergate.
Almost as disgraceful is Solyndra, that cost US taxpayers over half a billion dollars, seven times as much as the “good-time” GSA convention.
But so far, these scandals with low scores on the “made for media” scandal meter have not gained much traction.
However, it is my bet that the GSA scandal will be the one to strip Obama of his Teflon if it is firmly established that the White House knew about it back in 2010 and proceeded to cover it up.
For what was the great lesson we all learned from Watergate?
The cover up is always more damaging than the crime.
So friends…with all these scandals swirling around Dear Leader, do you really think for one second that he’s going to win reelection? Let alone our economy that’s strangling each and every one of us daily.
And to top it off…why didn’t the stupid whore-monger from the Secret Service just pay what he owed? Talk about a skinflint….he’s the fitting description of that.
At this stage of the game my head’s spinning…add your thoughts in.
Fire Away…Inquiring Minds Want to Know!