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Obama signs law giving himself, Bush lifetime Secret Service guard
January 10, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Former presidents have to give up rides on Air Force One. But now they don't have to give up being shadowed by the armed-and-earpieced bodyguards of the Secret Service.

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into a law a measure giving him, George W. Bush and future former presidents and their spouses lifetime Secret Service protection, the White House announced.

The legislation, crafted by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, rolls back a mid-1990s law that imposed a 10-year limit on Secret Service protection for former presidents. Bush would have been the first former commander in chief affected.

At the time, lawmakers who supported the measure said it would save the government millions of dollars. They also argued that former presidents could hire private security firms (as Richard Nixon did after he decided to forgo Secret Service protection in 1985).

The bill had sailed through Congress with bipartisan support—it cleared the House of Representatives by voice vote in early December, and then it zipped through the Senate unopposed. The law also provides protection for former presidents’ kids until age 16. But “protection of a spouse shall terminate in the event of remarriage.”

The Secret Service started protecting presidents in 1901 after the assassination of William McKinley. In 1965, Congress passed a law authorizing the agency, which is now a part of the Department of Homeland Security, to protect former presidents for life.

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  • pamelax3
    January 10, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Sure wish they could do the budget that fast

  • motha2daDuchess
    January 10, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    wasn't this always the case

  • AdrianneHill
    January 10, 2013 at 4:28 PM
    I'm glad they changed it back. Ten years is too short
  • pamelax3
    January 10, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    there had been a 10 year limit set in the 90's

    Quoting motha2daDuchess:

    wasn't this always the case


  • UpSheRises
    January 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    They should have lifetime protection.

  • jakesmom323
    January 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM
    He will need it...
  • HIJKLM
    by HIJKLM
    January 10, 2013 at 4:33 PM
    I agree... I thought they already did but especially with the last 12 years leaving so many people angry I'd think those 2 will always have targets on their backs. Some psycos probably will hold a grudge.

    Quoting UpSheRises:

    They should have lifetime protection.

  • storkradio193
    January 10, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    10 years seems pretty short given the job.

  • TruthSeeker.
    January 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

     I wasn't aware it was only 10 yrs. I think it's good they will have lifetime protection.

  • GoddessNDaRuff
    January 10, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    I thought it had always been lifetime protection by the secret service.

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