Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano echoed the president's sentiment that the Secret Service as a whole is "incredible," but told a judiciary committee the misconduct was "inexcusable." Groping young boys and girls from foreign lands, Napolitano reiterated, is a job for the TSA, not the Secret Service, which DHS also oversees: "They're two radically different jobs in two radically different environments. Secret Servicemen, despite their superior training, are not certified to grope. They don't have the academic experience or credentials. And the fact that they paid for it strikes me as awfully pathetic."
But the biggest issue facing the department was determining whether the actions of the agents compromised the president's security.
"The answer is 'no.' The president was never in jeopardy," Napolitano was quoted as saying. "First of all, the Secret Service employees were the ones with the hookers. If anything had happened, like herpes or syphilis or some other godawful STD, it would have happened to them. In a way, that's their job -- taking the bullet for their Commander-in-Chief. Second, prostitution in Colombia is legal so long as it transpires in a designated tolerance zone. Prostitutes that operate in a legalized system have access to health care and are generally a lot cleaner and healthier than in the U.S. And while there is a widespread problem with child prostitutes who are not operating legally, they primarily work in Bogata -- a popular destination with Catholic missionaries -- not Cartagena where the president was staying. So even if President Obama had found himself forced to have relations with a sex worker, he's less likely to have contracted some filthy crotch rot from a Colombian streetwalker than any trollop in downtown D.C. Otherwise, Clinton and Bush would never have survived two terms in office."
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