Monday, May 31, 2010
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Barack Obama's backyard picnic in Chicago took a bizarre turn on Saturday when his Secret Service detail had to call for reinforcements after being challenged by Louis Farrakhan's paramilitary group "Fruit of Islam."
The reason for the confrontation was that the president and his family had walked to the home of "old friends" in their Chicago neighborhood...and Louis Farrakhan just happens to be another neighbor who lives across the street. Presumably a few doors down from Obama pal Bill "the Bomber" Ayers.
While Obama enjoyed his picnic, up to two dozen members of the "Fruit of Islam" group confronted the Secret Service, chanted "Islam," and surrounded a bus carrying reporters.
Eventually things were sorted out...it seems that the Secret Service apparently hadn't known the president of the United States and his family were walking and partying across the street from a paramilitary outpost of The Nation of Islam, and Louis Farrakhan's troops claimed they were unaware that the president was across the street.
Unfortunately, this scenario would suggest that the Secret Service is run by freaking morons who failed to do even a minimal security check into an area where the president was going to go strolling. And we don't believe that of the Secret Service.
Rather, we think Barack Obama told the agents to just chill, because this was his neighborhood, and his kind of people.
Which, sadly, is true.