President Obama Work Out Secretly Recorded, Leaks
President Barack Obama was video taped working out at a Polish hotel on Tuesday in between diplomacy meetings.
Obama Secretly Recorded Working Out
The video and accompanying photos were posted on Facebook, supposedly by a fellow guest at the Warsaw Marriott, and were quickly picked up by local tabloids. In the video, President Obama is seen lifting weights and doing cardio, and while the reaction has ranged from laughs to workout critique, some saw the leaked footage as a huge security breach by the Secret Service.
Secret Service Says President Was Safe
Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren wrote a blog post on Wednesday in which she detailed her outrage, writing, “What is WRONG WITH THE SECRET SERVICE???!!??? [sic]”
“The Secret Service job is to keep the President safe. How could the Secret Service possibly let this happen? If you can reach the President with a camera lens like this…you know more sinister things can happen,” Van Susteren continued.
Spokesman for the Secret Service, Ed Donovan, addressed the claims that the President had been left vulnerable to attack while exercising, assuring the public that Obama was not in any danger, or perhaps, not more so than normal.
Donovan said that the leaked photos were “no different than if the president visited a restaurant off the record and other diners took pictures of him.”
Furthermore, Donovan stressed that all guests in the hotel had to go through security screening, and Secret Service agents, though perhaps not visible in the photos, were near the President at all times.
“Hotel guests were not asked to leave the gym during this off the record movement, nor were they asked to refrain from taking pictures,” Donovan added.
In Poland, the President met with Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko and spoke at Poland’s 25th anniversary of Polish Freedom Day celebration on Wednesday, June 4.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 4, 2014
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