White House: Palin politicizing Secret Service scandal

Sarah Palin, the GOP candidate for vice-president in 2008, and former Alaska governor, delivers the keynote address to activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

The White House suggested Friday that Sarah Palin is engaged in a "preposterous" attempt to turn the Secret Service prostitute scandal into a political issue.

"It is preposterous to politicize the Secret Service," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Friday.

On Thursday, Palin said on Fox News that the scandal is a "symptom of government run amok" and tied it to what she called the president's "poor management skills."

"And it's, like, you know, who's minding the store around here?" she added.

Palin is among the Republicans who have suggested the Secret Service scandal, along with the recent GSA spending controversy and the revelation of new photographs of American soldiers posing with dead Afghans, reflects poorly on the president. Carney said those critics are "trying to turn these incidents, one that's still under investigation, into, you know, to political advantage."

"I think on the face of it, it's a ridiculous assertion that trivializes both the very serious nature of the endeavor that our military is engaged in in Afghanistan and the very serious nature both of the work that the Secret Service does, the apolitical nature of the institution, the -- and the seriousness of the investigation under way with regard to the Secret Service and the military and the incident in Colombia," he continued.

Palin was asked to comment on the scandal after one of the agents involved was reported to have posted a photograph online of himself guarding Palin when she was the Republican vice presidential nominee along with the comment, "I was really checking her out, if you know what i mean?"

"Well, check this out bodyguard -- you're fired!" Palin said on Fox News Thursday.

She added: "The president, for one, he better be wary, there, of when Secret Service is accompanying his family on vacation. They may be checking out the first lady instead of guarding her."