Now I will grant that there are numerous issues with the Secret Service--failures to do background checks of those who will be near the President, failing to stop a White House intruder, failing to keep the front door closed and watch the White House lawn, etc..--but it struck me that reports are claiming that the first agent who failed to make a tackle once the intruder was in the White House was female.
Now I will grant, cheerfully, that there are likely many places for female agents. Attending female members of the President's family comes to mind, and it also occurs that there are many places where the best intelligence can be gleaned by a woman. There are probably a lot of other great places for women in the Secret Service.
However, I would also hope that we could agree that the most important duty of the Secret Service is to make sure the most likely perpetrator--say a large, athletic male--does not get close enough to the President or his family to injure them or worse. And as such, I would hope that we would agree that a key qualification for those closest to the President and his family is to be able to block or tackle a 250 lb, athletic man.
And, like it or not, with all due respect for former East German swimmers, I believe that the job description will all but read "only large, healthy, athletic males need apply." Just like in the NBA, and just like in the Marines, sometimes physical ability matters. Hopefully we get some people in the Secret Service who understand this before someone gets hurt.
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