In a paranoid attempt to rid the Latino guests of their eating utensils, the Secret Service confiscates silverware at an Obama event in the ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World.
According to Politco, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials board member Raquel Regalado told about 1000 delegates at the group’s annual conference, “It’s very important that you use your utensils as soon as possible,” as the U.S. Secret Service required that there be no knives at the tables and that the forks be rounded up before Obama entered the room.
Regalado went on to tell the delegates, “As you know, we’re having another speaker and there is some Secret Service involved. So there’s a reason why there’s no knives at your table and the forks will be collected. … And I’m not joking. So, like the good Hispanic mother I’m here to tell you to please, eat your lunch.”
According to a Secret Service spokesman, the agency did in fact make the request, but said such requirements are common at large events where the president speaks at about the same time people are dining. Special Agent Max Milien said,
“The Secret Service coordinates this process with staff and host committee to ensure tables are cleared of material that may be deemed hazardous prior to the arrival of the president. Any implication that this was unique for this event is completely inaccurate.”
While it is understandable that the Secret Service would want to take all necessary security measures in order to protect the president of the United States, there have been many dinners where guests were allowed to have their silverware, including knives and forks, throughout the course of the event.
Secret Service Confiscates Silverware at an Obama Event.