LAST CALL: Secret Service in a Keystone Cop spat

The Secret Service has never been known for its preoccupation with

publicity (it is called the 'Secret' Service, after all), but it might

want to consider hiring some outside counsel given a much-publicized

article from the April edition of Rumpus, Yale University's on-campus

tabloid, followed by coverage in several papers, including The

Washington Post.

The story recounted several Keystone Cops-like scenarios involving the

Secret Service and its current Yalie charge, Barbara Bush, daughter of

President George W.

Apparently, on a recent road trip to New York City, the Secret Service

car had to speed up to 120 MPH to keep up with Bush, after being delayed

at a toll booth. It has also been reported that agents have been seen

wandering about Bush's freshman dorm asking students if they knew where

she was - hardly the kind of reconnaissance efforts we associate with

the Federal Government's finest.

Naturally, the Secret Service has not issued a statement, but be on the

lookout for that RFP.

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