David Frum

01.17.13

Having a Bodyguard is Way Less a Perk Than You'd Think

Susan Eisenhower on the "perk" of being protected by armed guards:

Those who have had armed protection can suffer from lifelong feelings of physical vulnerability, a sense that he or she is always being watched, or a longing for the feeling of continued dependency and security. I was fortunate to have gotten over these problems. But it is no surprise when a member of a first family marries her Secret Service agent, or a movie star falls for her security guard. Of my generation, the most famous of these was Patty Hearst, the kidnapped newspaper heiress who eventually married her bodyguard.