Who knew that joining the Secret Service could be so, well, fun? Until your unconscious body is dragged out of the hallway by hotel staff. Then, not so much fun.
The most recent rowdy episode involving the president’s protectors occurred last weekend in the Netherlands. The agent was found passed out in the hotel hallway after he and two others went drinking – in violation of new rules – in Amsterdam.
The Secret Service is gaining quite a reputation. Two counter-sniper officers suspected of drinking were involved in a March 7 car accident during a presidential visit to Miami. The driver passed a field sobriety test and was not arrested. And who could forget the drinking-and-prostitution scandal a couple of years ago during a presidential trip to Cartagena, Colombia?
Where’s the next party?
Politico.com was among the numerous news agencies reporting President Obama’s recent visit with Pope Francis. The two men exchanged gifts, the pope giving Obama a copy of “Evangelii Gaudium,” or “The Joy of the Gospel,” which is a 2013 apostolic exhortation that called for a new era of evangelization and for a renewed focus on the world’s poor.
The president gave the pope seeds. Yes, seeds. Obama explained that he brought a custom-made seed chest featuring fruit and vegetable seeds used in the White House garden. The gift of seeds was enough to sprout its share of late-night jokes (with an aside about Ukrainian-trained military dolphins) which Politico.com featured on its website. As long as the seeds didn’t come from Colorado.
There is life after Congress. As reported, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, plans to retire after his current term to host a national radio show syndicated by Cumulus Media. The former FBI agent will join a network with the likes of other syndicated standouts, Don Imus, Mark Levin, Carson Daly, Michael Savage and Mike Huckabee.
Having served in Congress since 2001, the 50-year-old has gained a certain perspective about his newfound career: “I have always believed in our founders’ idea of a citizen legislature.”
And he’s happy to share those ideas. Stay tuned.
It’s as fine a way as there is for the football fans of Western New York to honor the man who brought the NFL to the area.
With the death on Tuesday of the Buffalo Bills’ only owner, Ralph C. Wilson, football fans here have a lot to worry about, but they seem to have their priorities straight. The first thing is to pay tribute to Wilson, who founded the Bills in 1959 as part of the now-defunct American Football League and who kept them in Buffalo when the AFL merged with the National Football League, and for decades after.
To that end, the #BillsMafia fan club, is holding a memorial tailgate party for Wilson from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in The Wings Parking Lot, 3964 California Road, just behind Ralph Wilson Stadium. Very Buffalo.