Obama signs bill, gets Secret Service protection for life
January 10th, 2013
01:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama signs bill, gets Secret Service protection for life

Washington (CNN) – With the stroke of a pen Thursday, President Barack Obama gave himself and his wife Secret Service protection for the rest of their lives.

The new law, which passed the House and Senate in December, designates that all former U.S. presidents who served after January 1, 1997, along with their spouses, receive protection from the Secret Service for their entire lifetimes – meaning former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura are also covered. The law also stipulates that children of presidents receive protection until the age of 16.

Lifetime government-provided security for former presidents was the law of the land until 1997, when Congress passed legislation limiting Secret Service protection to ten years after leaving office.

The 1997 law said any president serving before January 1, 1997 would still receive the lifelong protection. That means with the law signed Thursday, every former president – Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush – along with Obama will continue to receive Secret Service details for the rest of their lives.


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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    With the republican Taliban around he needs every bit of it.

    January 10, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    I couldn't agree more Woman in California.

    Great!! Now I'm waiting on the comments from the RWNJ's about him becoming a dictator. I must admit I don't even need to watch comedies to get my laughs these days. The republicans are losing their minds and I'm loving every minute of it.

    Thank you GOP, you're better than Two and a half Men (without Kutcher), Comicview and Def Comedy Jam all rolled into one!!! With a sprinkle of Modern Family!!

    January 10, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Concerned Citizen

    I would like to know what the cost of something like this would be. I see no mention of this.

    January 10, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Tom

    Dear Woman in California. Please research who have been political assassins in this country. Hint: They aren't Republicans.

    January 10, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. plain&simple

    If gun control were to pass maybe this wouldn't be necessary! This is the world the NRA wants. The NRA cost tax payers millions....and takes no responsibility what so ever!

    January 10, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Now I'm waiting on the comments from the RWNJ's about him becoming a dictator."

    There already is one. It's the very first sentence of the article, which grossly mischaracterizes what was done.

    January 10, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. GOP= Greed Over People (Party)

    Woman in california you read my though. Lol

    January 10, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. freedom

    Boy, he's going to milk this system for all its worth in the next four years – and to his benefit – not the country's benefit. Guess who's going to pay for that secret service? Not him. He has no integrity.

    January 10, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Larry L

    The FBI reports record levels of threats to this President. He and his family will need Secret Service support as long as bigoted, right-wing hate groups exist.

    January 10, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Marry

    @ Woman in California,
    well said and sadly so true! Let’s hope they never get a chance...and the President is a truly brave and courageous man!

    January 10, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Will they be carrying guns?

    January 10, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Boy, he's going to milk this system for all its worth in the next four years – and to his benefit – not the country's benefit. Guess who's going to pay for that secret service? Not him. He has no integrity."

    CNN lied in the first sentence. CONGRESS paased this law. That includes the GOP-controlled House that almost never wants to do anything if Obama is for it. Obama didn't "give himself" secret service for life. Congress gave it to him....and to Dubya as well. Now, would you like some help getting the hook out of your mouth after taking CNN's bait?

    January 10, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Wake up People!

    Now, now Sniffit, there you go trying to state facts. What is wrong with you dude?? Didn't the GOP just state during the campaign that they weren't going to be dictated by facts???

    January 10, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Just MORE government waste. Former Presidents, have no real need for that protection 4 yrs. after leaving office.

    The time frame should have been reduced........not extended to life.

    Waste, waste, and more waste..........that's all the U.S. Government is about, today!

    January 10, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Bob

    Thanks to the Reich Wing Talibans constant threats, it is only sensible to do this.

    January 10, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Greenspam

    I agree with this law. How many Presidents do we have? If we can't afford even life-time protection for these very elite individuals, that's nuts.

    January 10, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. ST

    @freedom
    Boy, he's going to milk this system for all its worth..
    ----
    Well, well, when are you going to become President, so that you can milk as well.

    January 10, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. James Bond

    We dont need no stinking facts, facts are for people who want to know the truth, some would rather just hate

    January 10, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Fair is Fair

    Will they be carrying guns?
    ------------

    They, along with 350 million other Americans who aren't about to let their God given gun toting rights be called into question or debate. What the heck. There can never be too many guns in America easily available for our own personal protection against those millions of other gun toting Americans whose greatest wish is to do unspeakable harm to each and every one of their neighbors. We should all fall down on our collective knees giving eternal praise to God in his everlasting Glory for his loving arm of farsightedness and self protection aided and abetted by a killing machine.

    January 10, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. James Bond

    All obamas fault rick, hes just being a dictator again, haha, your almost funny

    January 10, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. freedom

    @ Larry L
    And you don't think Bush received (and probably still does receive) a record number of threats?? Give me a break. You can't blame the republicans for the current president's greed and narcissism.

    January 10, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    Tom

    Dear Woman in California. Please research who have been political assassins in this country. Hint: They aren't Republicans.

    -–

    Still referencomg what used to be the decent republican party aren't you? The thugs/racists/bigots of today are dangerous and out of control and the president and his family will need this protection and thank God they have it.

    January 10, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. V

    "We dont need no stinking facts, facts are for people who want to know the truth, some would rather just hate"
    ------------
    The sad thing is – it's absolutely true. Facts just get in the way for the Tea Baggers and the Koch employees – I mean, oh never mind. Everyone with a brain already knows it. . .

    January 10, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Abbot

    Our lord and savior needs armed protection? and I thought he was going to ban guns for everyone else.

    January 10, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Jules

    Given all the threats that this president has received, it is a good idea. I'm sure Clinton and Bush have also received numerous threats although while president, the number of threats against Obama have surpassed all other presidents.

    January 10, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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