Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Hard to find someone sympathetic in this story


On the one hand, Fed Chairman Janet Yellin’s security detail does seem obnoxious:

As neighbors tell it, earlier this year, the security detail protecting new Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen barreled through the cul-de-sac where she lives in oversize vans loaded with guns, cameras and takeout pizza. It established an “armed camp” next door to Ms. Forman’s townhome, according to a written bill of grievances presented by concerned neighbors deeming the uniformed police presence “uncomfortable for residents of various religious persuasions,” such as Quakers.

On the other hand, it’s hard not to feel that the obnoxious neighbors, with their 50 pages of homeowner association rules and snobby attitudes, are getting what they deserve.

“Now we have this group, overweight, wearing the most ridiculous blue uniforms with the most ridiculous blue caps, and they have guns that are visible.” She declined to be named because she is worried about federal-government reprisals.

As the guards watch over Ms. Yellen, locals watch over the guards, saying they have seen them smoking, schlepping fast food and breaking the 15 m.p.h. speed limit.

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