On Friday Jackson was clearly seeking face-time with the POTUS before Obama and his sizable entourage left. But just as Jackson nears his target from the rear, secret service agents cut him off, as you can see in the brief c-span video clip below.
The men were no doubt polite. But very firm. Perhaps they even recognized Jackson. Through their earpieces, they were likely tipped to his approach by other agents.
But one-time VIP or not, if that day’s approved lapel pin signifying POTUS clearance does not adorn your lapel, you’re not getting through.
Everyone at the service had to submit to metal detectors and the church was searched and locked down for hours before. So, agents are not too worried about a weapon.
Watch Jesse get turned away in the video below and then go over to Andrew’s column at IBD (which if you don’t read regularly you are doing yourself a great disservice).
Perhaps Obama is still sore about the 2008 campaign, when Jackson threatened the future president:
Jackson was speaking at the time about Obama’s speeches in black churches and his support for faith-based charities. Jackson added, “I want to cut his nuts off.”
Whatever the reason it is evident the former “big shot” is now persona non grata.