(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday labeled the Secret Service officers involved in the recent prostitution scandal "knuckleheads" but also said the agency does a great job 99.9% of the time.
"The Secret Service these guys are incredible. They protect me. They protect Michelle. They protect our girls. They protect our officials all around the world. 99.9% of them every day, they put their life on the line. They do a great job," Obama said in an interview with Jimmy Fallon set to run Tuesday night. "So a couple of knuckleheads shouldn't detract from what they do but what these guys were thinking I don't know. That's why they're not there anymore."
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Secret Service members allegedly brought back prostitutes to a hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, while on a security detail in advance of Obama's trip there for the Summit of the Americas. The agency said 12 of its members have been implicated in the incident so far.
Tuesday's remarks were not not the first time the president commented on the scandal. Shortly after the story broke, Obama said he would be "angry" if the allegations were true.
"If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I'll be angry," Obama told reporters. "We are representing the people of the United States, and when we travel to another country, I expect us to observe the highest standards."
hey this president cannot micro manage the whole executive branch and lead the american people at the same time. these repubs are off their rocker if they expect that.
Obama loves more fun than politics. When he will add more free times than staying White House.
Perverts is a more accurate description Mr. President. Luckily that group of bad apples didn't spoil the bunch.
The Secret Service is supposed to be above the political fray.
It takes a knucklehead to know a knucklehead I guess....
is that how you picked them out so quick?
Mr. President anyone who can think sanely knows this. The republicans are a desperate group. They must cling on to anything to strike fear and create doubt about you. I pray it back fires on them in Novemer. In the meantime, keep safe and the American people support you.
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It takes a knucklehead to know a knucklehead I guess....
That is a remarkable observation you made there, Truth. You recognized one of your own.
seeing some of the smart-alec remarks coming form the righties here I guess they could care less if the president could have been put in harm's way because of such tomfoolery. It's too bad that partisan politics has become so uncaring and downright hateful.
King, He doesn't lead me instead he wants to take more out of my pocket to give to someone else that doesn't work as hard as I do.
You can tell the right-wing pigs at CNN don't like President Obama by the pictures they post of him.
Stupid is stupid! Not Democratic Stupid, Not Republican Stupid. Just Plain Stupid. These guys were STUPID! Everyone return to your homes. Nothing more to see here.
For the record.......when it comes to loving fun more than politics. GW BUSH spent more time off sitting at his ranch than any other president in history.
Woman in Cali – We republicans agree that the naughty secret service put Obama in harms way. Which republican said that they didn't care? Can you name one?
These guys really do a good job, try to protecting the guy that killed Osama. It's just hard for me to get mad at them.
maybe the secret service WAS doing their job and being used as a holding tank for the girls that would eventually be made accessible to the Whitehouse staff, and others if you catch my drift?
Obama is such a panderer beyond redemption. If the nation elects this guy as president for a second term, we have only ourselves to blame. He is reprehensible.
Well, you know, no one said the same thing when the Republican presidents were in office and a scandal occurred: like Oliver North with Reagan, or congressional Pages being hit on by republicans under GWB. Did anyone say that was a reflection on them? But everything a democratic president does now all of a sudden is a reflection on him for some reason?
Anything to blame Pres Obama for something he had nothing to do with. Obama was thousands of miles away in the US from the country of Colombia when this SS scandal occurred, but it's still Obama's fault to some people... If you want to know where the partisanship has come from, start looking at frivilous issues against the president like this. This issue is extremely serious for the respect of the US and it's dignitaries and POTUS. But not serious because Obama happens to be the president while this scandal occurred.
Ahh, Obama needs the Buffet rule for a fair pay for the secret services guys so they can afford a 'fair shot' and pay the girls and do not have to start a war on girls.
I think the President has enough problems with the filibustering bunch of teapublikans in congress. He can't run every agency himself. That is why there are directors and others to take care of their employees and matters such as this.
The SS is supposed to be the elite of the elite. I think the ho in Columbia told them 800 and they thought it was pesos (or whatever their currency is) and they thought it was only $30. They are a disgrace.
I m remmber that presdient obama was there at hawaii also why obama friend mayor was used prostuies so police caught to him went to jail
Acorn prostuies like support vote for presdient obama 2008
#gotta love those ears.
Obummer – go to your standby. This is clearly George Bushes Fault.
Check that out the KING knucklehead calling the Secret Service guys knuckleheads! LOL
It only a takes a small few to make the whole bunch look bad. Can we move on to getting Obama elected for a second term? He deserves getting re-elected just for taking out Osama is what i think!