On Thursday, Sarah Palin reacted to the revelation that a Secret Service agent, who was caught up in the Colombia prostitution scandal, had been in her security detail during the 2008 presidential campaign. He also posted photographs of them together on his Facebook page, and commented that he was “checking her out.”
“Well check this out, bodyguard, you’re fired,” Palin said during an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “I hope his wife … sends him to the doghouse — as long as he’s not eating the dog, along with his former boss.”
Palin’s joke was in reference to the recent push by Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign to attack President Barack Obama for eating dog meat as a child in Indonesia. The Romney camp’s use of the anecdote, which Obama revealed in his memoir “Dreams From My Father,” was to counter criticism the former Massachusetts governor has garnered for putting the family dog, Seamus, in a dog crate strapped to the roof of a car during a 1983 road trip.
Palin continued to link Secret Service misconduct to the president, stating that the carousing agents in Colombia showed a lack of leadership in Washington.
“Boys will be boys, but they shouldn’t be in positions of authority, and I think it’s pretty embarassing,” Palin said. “But if you consider what’s going on and the state of our government with, look who’s running the show, boys not considering that there are ramifications to their actions.”
Palin continued: “I’ve had enough of these men being dogs and not being responsible and not entrusting, being able to allow us to trust what these boys are doing in Washington.”
Secret Service Agent David Randall Chaney was identified by the Washington Post on Thursday, revealing the Facebook photos he posted of Palin while protecting her during her campaign with GOP presidential nominee John McCain. Chaney, who during the Colombia trip was a supervisor in the Secret Service international programs division, resigned Wednesday under pressure.