Ex-President News: Lifetime Secret Service Protection
President Obama signed a bill yesterday that restores lifetime Secret Service protection to former presidents. (Lifetime protection had been rescinded by a 1994 law. Politico has the full story.) This was a surprise to me; for one thing, providing lifetime protection is expensive. Given the country's dire finances, you'd think the bill would've received more attention. Besides, it's my understanding that the 1994 law still allowed presidents to request lifetime protection for themselves and their families if they deemed it necessary, so, in a way, the new law is superfluous.