"These guys are incredible. They protect me, they protect Michelle, they protect our girls, they protect our officials all around the world. A couple of knuckleheads shouldn't detract from what they do," US Presidentsaid during a taping appearance on a late night show at NBC.
The president was referring to some of the US Secret Service agents who were the subject of inquiries following their involvement in a so called ‘Colombia Prostitution Scandal’ where they allegedly took prostitutes back into their hotel rooms in Cartagena on the eve of his arrival for a hemisphere summit.
Six Secret Service employees have left their jobs after being implicated in ‘a night of partying and carousing’ that embarrassed The White House, while six more members and 12 US military personnel remained under investigation.
Obama insisted, however, the majority of agents performed their work admirably and retained his confidence in Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, while he blamed the ‘scandal’ on the misconduct of ‘a couple of knuckleheads’ saying "What these guys were thinking, I don't know. That's why they're not there anymore."