Joe Biden's Dangerous First Pitch at Camden Yards

Jarrett CarterAnalyst IAugust 31, 2009

BALTIMORE - JULY 30:  The Baltimore Orioles celebrate their victory over the Kansas City Royals durng MLB action at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 30, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles defeated the Royals 7-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Courtesy of the Roar from 34, we find some startling yet not-surprising details about Joe Biden’s first pitch at Camden Yards this year, and the security breaches involved.

The day U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden threw out the Opening Day first pitch at Baltimore’s Camden Yards was a good one.

The rain held off for Biden’s trip to the mound, his pitch made it over the plate, and the bottom-dwelling Baltimore Orioles managed to beat the New York Yankees.

But investigative journalist Ronald Kessler says it could have been much worse.

The vice-president was on the pitcher’s mound without a bulletproof vest, none of the announced 48,607 fans had been screened by metal detectors, and everybody knew Biden was going to be at the game.

In a new book, Kessler says it was some of Biden’s senior advisers who made the decision “overruling stunned agents,” which left the number-two U.S. politician “vulnerable to assassination.”

I can understand the precautions and worry associated with protecting the vice-president of the United States, but before we get amped about what wasn’t in place for our man Biden, let’s also remember what’s regularly not in place for our own neighbors.

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