CNN's Crowley Asks Rep. Cummings: Are You More Concerned for Obama's Safety Because He's Black Than You Were Bush?

CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday asked Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) if he had more concerns for the safety of President Obama because he’s African-American than he had for George Bush.

This came near the end of a discussion on State of the Union dealing with the recent Secret Service sex scandal in Colombia (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

"You have mentioned a couple of times that folks in your district ask you with regularity about the safety of this president," Crowley said.

"Do you have more concerns for the safety of this president because he’s African-American than you would have had for say a George Bush or those that, you know?"

Cummings replied, "First of all, let me say I have concern about all presidents and everybody who’s seeking Secret Service guards."

"But the fact is African-American people have always expressed concern to me about this president," Cummings continued. "They would see, Candy, folk around this president with guns strapped on their legs, and they’d say, you know, how can that be? And they worry, and they’re concerned."

Noel Sheppard
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