By Michelle Seiler-Tucker, Special for USDR
Julia Pierson, the recently resigned Secret Service Director had stated that she wanted to create a work atmosphere that reflected Disneyland. Unfortunately, this is the culture that has gotten our country into even more trouble. I struggle with Obama’s, his administrations, and his appointees’ decisions. They lack real world expertise. They just wish upon a star; but when reality hits them in face, and they flicker and fail, their ignorance sparks further reinforcement and never any improvements.
In the past five years, 16 people were reported to have bypassed the fence surrounding the White House—including one toddler. While glitches in the internal structure of the Secret Service ultimately did lead to security breach incidences, I think Julia Pierson’s ideological mindset holds a series of miss communicated ideas that are rooted in something much more closely to realistic logic. The president of the United States of America is supposed to be the people’s president. Congress is proposing a series of security improvements that range from raising the fence surrounding the perimeter to blocking off pedestrian traffic around the building. I understand the concerns are real, but while the Secret Service discusses creating checkpoints and militarizing the White House, I find such proposals reactionary and not the appropriate course of action to take. Security is not a facility issue; it is a people issue. Furthermore, I find Congress’s ideas to be poor business tactics. While there are valid reasons for their concerns and precautions they should take, I would still like our president to remain a part of the people and the peoples’ society. In my award winning and best-selling book, Sell Your Business for More Than It’s Worth, I provide a series of tips for doing just what the title insinuates. One of the tips to gaining trust in buyers and one’s customers has everything to do with appearance. Buyers always judge one’s business—or house—by what they see on the outside first. Less is always more when showcasing something. The same holds true for the White House and what it represents.
I know there needs to be changes in how the White House is secured, but I think it is also a wise consideration to remember that the White House does in fact belong to the American people. Ultimately, it is not the house that needs fixing, but the people who are overseeing the house. The White House needs Secret Service restructuring—not taller fences. Because no matter how tall a fence is built, there will always be someone willing to climb it. The best solution is quality security of the people who come and go throughout the house as guests and tourists, and the key is to prevent those who are uninvited from trespassing and becoming potential threats to our nation’s first family. In order to do that, you need a vigilant and attentive team of workers.
No matter what, the White House needs to remain a desirable symbol and a welcoming image in the eyes of the American public, as well as it needs to be an internationally welcoming one too. In another metaphor, US citizens are like my buyers, and the Federal government is always trying to sell themselves to the citizens. A large, white house encased in some sort of Plexiglas-like dome of some sort is not very appealing, nor is it a welcoming image I think the public would gravitate to. I want the first family safe, while I do not want them to become even more cut off from the people they represent. That is not the type of country I want to live in. Perhaps we need more man power on the grounds of the White House. Perhaps we need more funding, but we definitely do not need to further disassociate the people from their president who is accountable for and a part of those same people. We are as much a part of his presidency as he is a part of our nation.