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  • America Votes

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    Thursday, February 26, 2004

    Secret agent men 

    What do those Secret Service agents do besides run with the commander in chief and tie up traffic?

    "We don't just look cool and run around with the president," said Wayne DelTufo, special agent in charge in Charlotte, N.C., where President Bush is visiting today. "One minute you're with the president of the United States, kings, queens ... and the next minute you're out arresting people."

    Planning for Bush's visit began Friday. Agents scoured "nooks and crannies" where Bush would be, studying everything within a two-block radius and performing bomb sweeps. On Wednesday, the president's bulletproof limousines arrived by plane and were moved to a secure site.

    Though many think of the Secret Service as bodyguards in shades, the agency was actually created after the Civil War to halt the spread of counterfeit bank notes.

    Not until 1901, when President McKinley was assassinated, did agents begin guarding the commander in chief.

    - Peter Smolowitz, Charlotte Observer

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 10:28 AM



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