President Barack Obamawas a special guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier today and said that the group of Secret Service agents caught up in the Colombia prostitution scandal were a bunch of knuckleheads!
Obama admitted that the scandal was “a little distracting,” but that employees at the center of the investigation were not representative of the agency tasked with protecting him and his family.
Obama told Fallon that “99.9 percent” of the time, members of the Secret Service do a great job and put their lives on the line.
“A couple of knuckleheads shouldn’t detract from what they do. What these guys were thinking, I don’t know. That’s why they’re not there anymore,” Obama said.
“These guys are incredible. They protect me. They protect Michelle. They protect the girls. They protect our officials all around the world,” the president said.
Last week a dozen Secret Service personnel and another 12 military personnel preparing for Obama’s visit to Cartagena, Colombia, are still being investigated for cavorting with prostitutes. Six Secret Service agents have been let go over the incident.
As many as 20 prostitutes were involved with the group. The incident went international when one of the prostitutes argued with a Secret Service agent over her payment in a hallway of the Caribe hotel.
Local law enforcement intervened on the prostitute’s behalf. Paid sex is legal in Cartagena, but violates codes of conduct for U.S. personnel who were working there.