"Widening the perimeter around the duck."


(not a duck)

Officials Heighten Duck Security at Summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials bolstered security on Thursday for a duck nursing eggs near the White House to protect her from demonstrators at a global economic summit beginning on Friday.

"We are widening the perimeter around the duck as a precautionary measure," Treasury spokesman Rob Nichols said.

Decision-making about the duck's safety was closely guarded. "We don't comment on security matters," Nichols said.

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11 Responses:

  1. excellent caption.

  2. ydna says:

    Obligatory lame duck mention

  3. tfofurn says:

    Oh, it's a Treasury spokesman. This must be the not-quite-fabled duck that laid the golden egg.

    • jwz says:

      Secret Service is part of Treasury.

      • tfofurn says:

        Yes. I've always found that a curious combination. Today it occurred to me that they protect dead presidents and living ones.

        • wfaulk says:

          FWIW, the Secret Service protect the President, et al., because when that desire became an official responsibility of the US Government (following the assassination of McKinley), there were only two Federal law enforcement agencies, the Marshals and the Secret Service. So that's why it's not the FBI, which would seem like the most appropriate organization these days. I don't know why they didn't pick the Marshals, though. That would seem to have made more sense.

          I like your reasoning better, though.

    • taffer says:

      AFAIK the US hasn't been on a gold standard in quite some time.

  4. rjhatl says:

    The turkey in that photo is obviously willing to do whatever it takes to get his pardon...

  5. strspn says:

    I'm really disappointed with the quality of our national capitol duck news. Some stories say they are getting more security, some say they are getting moved. Why cant the media get their story straight?

    Hey, I heard this bride-to-be went missing from her wedding, and then later turned up Terry Schiavo's hospice, with all of Michael Jackson's molestation victims including Paris Hilton.

  6. thesliver says:

    Gobble, gobble.