Plus, if people had showed up with guns at Bush events, do you think the press would have spun it as evidence of Bush’s unpopularity?Oh brother, the old "If it were Bush." Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2001:
Armed Man Detained in Park During Bush JogNew York Times, February 8, 2001:
The Secret Service detained a man with a gun in a Des Moines park where President Bush was jogging, local police and White House officials said.
Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin said the man was about 60 yards from Bush when he was spotted by officers. He said the man had a permit for the gun, but he was detained because he was so close to the president. Mackin said the man appeared to be in the park for reasons completely unrelated to Bush's visit.
Officer Shoots Armed Man Near White House Fence...Not a lot of what-if-it-were Clinton in these dispatches. But that's one of the drawbacks of the MSM which the blogosphere was built to correct.
An accountant who worked for the Internal Revenue Service years ago and has been engaged in disputes with the agency fired shots outside the White House fence today and after a 10-minute standoff was shot in the knee by a Secret Service agent, officials said.
The incident sent the police and heavily armed Secret Service agents swarming across the White House grounds and into the surrounding streets about 11:30 a.m. White House officials said President Bush, who was exercising in the residence area of the White House at the time, was never in danger. After being informed of the gunfire by the Secret Service, he resumed exercising, Ari Fleischer, his press secretary, said...