Agents with the Secret Service aren’t usually known for laughs. Far from it. In fact, they are perhaps the most humorless bunch you’ll find outside of a monastery.
Makes perfect sense, though. There’s nothing funny at all about the job of protecting the president and other national or foreign leaders. It’s serious law enforcement and security work that takes skill in abundance and enough bravery to catch a bullet meant for someone else if called upon to do so.
That said, a small handful of the men in the dark suits and sunglasses are involved in something that’s made the very secretive organization a target of jokes, ridicule and criticism. Pretty much the last thing these guys want. Being caught cavorting with hookers will do that every time. Wednesday, three members of the Secret Service are no longer on the job after the scandal that cropped about the conduct of agents and some Marines in Colombia. Cavorting is definitely not part of the agents’ job description.
If you think standup comedians and late-night talk show hosts are enjoying this, imagine the editorial cartoonists. This is a target-rich environment for lampooning, exemplified by the one at the top by Ollie Johansson of Sweden. Some other examples this week.
By Larry Wright of the Detroit News.
By Nate Beeler of the Columbus Dispatch.
By David Fitzsimmons of the Arizona Star.
By Christopher Weyant of The Hill.
From Gary McCoy of Cagle Cartoons.
By Pat Bagley of the Salt Lake City Tribune.
By Manny Francisco of the Phillippines
And last but not least, this one by Rick McKee of the Augusta Chronicle.