Last weekend, President Obama responded to public criticism of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new airport screening techniques, suggesting that the process is “frustrating” for everyone, but necessary.
In response, some conservatives have stepped forward to challenge the president to experience the new procedures for himself. Fox News personality and former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee dared Obama to allow the airport’s TSA screeners to pat-down the First Family.
“If he thinks this is an appropriate way for us to deal with security as he has defended, then I’ve said, ‘OK, Mr. Obama, take your wife, your two daughters and your mother-in-law to Washington Reagan National Airport and have them publicly go through both the body scanner and the full enhanced pat-down in front of others,’” Huckabee told Fox and Friends Tuesday morning.
“‘If it’s OK for your wife, your daughters, and your mother-in-law, then maybe the rest of us won’t feel so bad when our wives, our daughters and our mothers are being put through this humiliating and degrading, totally unconstitutional, intrusion of their privacy.’”
By Tuesday afternoon, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh also issued his own challenge for the president, suggesting the president conduct a PR move similar to his swim in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill last summer:
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