I’m not an American, so maybe I’m missing something here, but why does the First Lady have her own motorcade?
Two law enforcement officials were injured in a crash while part of a motorcade escort for First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday.
According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the motorcycles crashed at about 4:15 p.m. along U.S. Route 36/ state Route 37 and South Old State Road.
It was unknown if the motorcyclists collided or were struck by another vehicle.
Now, I get why she receives her own security detail. I’ve seen the movie Taken, and I assume Liam Neeson isn’t Michelle Obama’s father, so there is a security risk with leaving the First Lady without adequate protection. After all, she isn’t the Ambassador to Libya or anything.
My bigger question revolves around who is paying for her entourage. This woman is a private citizen campaigning for her husband, and yet the taxpayers are footing the bill. In this matter, whenever she is travelling away from the president (who is employed by the Republic 24 hours a day and thus requires round-the-clock protection), why doesn’t the Democratic Party or the Obama campaign pay for her security detail?
If she does anything else or goes anywhere else, then fine, taxpayers are obliged to protect her because that protects the ability of the president to make decisions. But if she forgoes one of her exclusive forays abroad to engage with clothiers in exotic lands and, instead, hits the campaign trail, then someone else ought to cover the expenses.
After all, she’s not a queen.
Damn, I’m glad I’m a Canadian, where our leaders’ spouses remain accessible even in their own private bedrooms.