“Get off the bench! I’m in charge here!” yelled a member of President Obama’s security detail at my dad. He and my mom were being moved for the third time along Main Street in Edgartown, Massachusetts on Saturday night, in what they referred to as a disorganized mess for the Obama family dinner. My mother said the way the security guy was talking made it feel like the Gestapo. In her words, “I couldn’t believe this was happening here.” The Obamas chose to dine for several hours at the Atlantic Fish and Chop House, in Edgartown. Main Street was basically shut-down to everyone except them. My mother counted 16 SUVs and 12 motorcycles on the ready. When the Obamas were done, they loaded up and zoomed away through the narrow streets with the SUVs sometimes side-by side. That’s a total of 28 vehicles in all on taxpayers’ dime for a quiet night out with the fam. Now that’s the power of other people’s money. Not to mention the disruption to everyone else who happened to be on vacation on their own dime.
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E.J. Smith is Managing Director at Richard C. Young & Co., Ltd., a Managing Editor of Richardcyoung.com, and Editor-in-Chief of Youngresearch.com. E.J. graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with a B.S. in finance and investments. In 1995, E.J. began his investment career at Fidelity Investments in Boston before joining Richard C. Young & Co., Ltd. in 1998. E.J. has trained at Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, NH, where he completed course-work in Practical and Defensive Handgun, Conceal Carry Pistol, Shotguns, Precision Scope Rifle and Kidnapping Prevention. E.J. plays a Yamaha Recording Custom drum set with Zilldjian cymbals. His first drum set was a 5-piece Slingerland with Zilldjians. He grew-up worshiping Neil Peart of the band Rush, and loves the song Tom Sawyer—the name of his family’s boat, a Grady-White Canyon 306. He grew up in Mattapoisett, MA, an idyllic small town on the water near Cape Cod. He spends time in Newport, RI and Bartlett, NH—both as far away from Wall Street as one could mentally get. The Newport office is on a quiet, tree lined street not far from the harbor and the log cabin in Bartlett, NH, the “Live Free or Die” state, sits on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest. He enjoys spending time in Key West and Paris. Please get in touch with E.J. at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up here to receive all the best content from Richardcyoung.com each week.