The Secret Service was created the day Abraham Lincoln was assassinated

For your daily dose of irony:

A Brief History Of: The Secret Service – TIME:

Abraham Lincoln left to Barack Obama not only an example to emulate but also the sentinels who will safeguard his life. In 1865, on the very day he was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre, Lincoln green-lighted what would become the U.S. Secret Service, which has been guarding Obama (code-named “Renegade”) since May 2007–longer than any other presidential candidate in U.S. history.

¬†Of course, this wasn’t a gigantic blunder for a new division in government – the Secret Service didn’t assume full-time responsibility for the protection of the President until 1902.

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