Sunday, August 31, 2008

Members Of Reform Temple Across From Obama's Home Voice Few Complaints About Heightened Security

Chicago, IL – Heightened security around the home of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama has prompted almost no complaints from members of the Reform congregation across the street.

"The overwhelming response has been, 'We understand. We don't mind. Do whatever you have to do to make sure this nominee, or any nominee, regardless of party, is safe and secure," said KAM Isaiah Israel president Larry Bloom.

Senator Obama has had Secret Service protection since early in his presidential campaign. But since he has become the Democratic nominee, authorities have stepped up that protection. Secret Service agents are stationed at the home, concrete barriers restrict traffic in the area, and parking restrictions are also in effect.

However, there have been few complaints from neighbors and members of KAM Isaiah Israel.
The names of residents and of congregation members have been given to the Secret Service. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead and their names will be added, as well.

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