Reports that an agile Argentine thief snatched the purse of one of the twin daughters of President Bush while U.S. Secret Service agents were nearby had [Buenos Aires] media in a buzz Wednesday.Talk about a bullshit, damage-control statement.
"Bush's bodyguards couldn't handle San Telmo purse-snatcher," read a headline on the Web site of official news agency Telam.
Telam said a government source, who asked not to be named, confirmed reports regarding the robbery. Different local reports said the incident happened on Sunday or Monday.
A law enforcement source briefed on the incident told CNN that Barbara Bush's purse was stolen while she was in Argentina with her twin sister, Jenna. But the source said that "at no point were the protectees out of visual contact and at no point was there any risk of harm."
Someone hanging out on a Buenos Aires street can run right up to the president's daughter and get close enough to steal her purse, and this "source" wants to portray that as no big deal.
The only reason there wasn't "any risk of harm" is because the assailant didn't happen to have a weapon or otherwise seek to physically harm her. Let's get real. Had the assailant wished to punch or stab Barbara Bush, he could have done so.