Obama Faces Historic Threats, Ex-Secret Service Agent Says

Donald Tucker/ from his website
U.S. News & World Report

Racism and the nation’s white hot political environment that has sparked bitter division in Washington and a political assassination attempt in Arizona have raised concerns about President Obama’s safety on the campaign trail, according to a former top U.S. marshal and retired Secret Service agent.

“I think there is going to be a violent incident in 2012. I cannot put my finger on when or where. I am more inclined to worry about the president, but the volatility is there,” said Donald Tucker. “I don’t think there is ever enough security when you go from city to city, place to place, shaking hands and kissing babies. Secret Service can only do so much,” he added in an interview.

Tucker spent 25 years in the Secret Service. After retiring in 1990, then President George H. W. Bush named him a U.S. Marshal in Arizona. Last year he published Two-Edged Sword, his biography about being one of the first black federal agents.

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