The president is asking for a thorough investigation of a scandal connected to his weekend visit to Colombia involving the United States Secret Service. Nearly a dozen agents are in hot water with the Colombian government, including five members of the U.S. military. The agents are accused of hiring prostitutes when they should have been focusing on preparing for the president's trip. The embarrassing event can only add more skepticism from political pundits and foes to the White House. With eleven members of the elite agency now on administrative leave, Mr. Obama has come out to clear the air on the situation, saying, "If it turns out that some of these allegations are confirmed, then, of course, I'll be angry."
The focus of his trip to Latin America was supposed to be on trade and security within the region, yet the scandal has engulfed the spotlight, creating another talking point for GOP candidates to use against the president. "We're here on behalf of our people," the president said, "and that means that we conduct ourselves with the utmost dignity and probity, and, obviously, what's been reported doesn't match up with those standards." With such claims as drinking and soliciting prostitutes at the Hotel Caribe, the root of the scandal involves Secret Service officials and a woman who said she hasn't been paid. Keep in mind that the world's oldest profession is legal in Colombia, but the concern is that the security of the president could have been compromised.