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John McCain, White House Lawn Defender, Laughs off Obama's Jab

By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 11:09 AM

John McCain told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he's ready to report for duty to protect the White House lawn after President Barack Obama poked fun at the U.S. senator at the White House Correspondents' Dinner a day earlier.

During the annual dinner, Obama gave a 20-minute speech and joked about a variety of issues, including the Secret Service's problem with fence jumpers over the past year. To combat the issue, Obama said that his administration had come up with "a fool proof way to keep people off my lawn."

That's when Obama displayed a Photoshopped image of an angry-faced McCain in a sweater holding a broom in front of the White House, which drew lots of laughs from the audience.



McCain, 78, took the high road Sunday when he laughed off the "angry old man" photo on "State of the Union."

"I'm reporting for duty on Monday morning in my usual laid back, casual style," McCain said. "I'm telling you: I'll get that Secret Service squared away."

The Secret Service has been under scrutiny since 43-year-old Omar J. Gonzalez jumped the White House fence last September and made it to an unlocked door of the executive mansion armed with a folding pocketknife. The incident led to other revelations and a change in leadership of the agency, according to The Washington Post.

Gonzalez, an Iraq Army veteran who allegedly suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors in March in which he could spend 12 to 18 months and pay fines spanning from $3,000 to $30,000, according to federal sentencing guidelines.

Gonzalez will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer on June 8, The Post noted.

Secret Service director Joseph P. Clancy is currently under fire over agents' alleged misconduct and a lack of accountability for rank-and-file agents, though he defended his officers during a hearing with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in March, according to Roll Call.

"The president, the White House, the first family is safe. Absolutely," Clancy during a Congressional hearing last month. "I've protected four presidents. Four presidents who apparently respect the work that I've done. I know what it takes to protect presidents and their families. And I know that we are not a perfect agency."

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John McCain told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he's ready to report for duty to protect the White House lawn after President Barack Obama poked fun at the U.S. senator at the White House Correspondents' Dinner a day earlier.
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