Journal October 2008

Schlock and Awe

Our election blogger’s scrapbook: grilling pork, frisking suspects, spinning the press, and other Kodak moments from the campaign trail

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The Obama Squad: Security has been a worry for those around Obama, code-named “Renegade” to the Secret Service agents guarding him. In Iowa, on the Fourth of July, they surrounded this man, who had been circling the perimeter of our motel. After a police officer searched his car and found a knife with a blade longer than that permitted by Iowa law, the man was arrested. It turned out that Davit Zakaryan, 24, was no threat to Obama. The Armenian American community later protested his arrest to the Obama campaign.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic associate editor. He blogs at marcambinder.theatlantic.com.

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