My Running Of The Security Gauntlet

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President Obama today hosts leaders from more than 40 countries at a nuclear security summit in Washington, DC. It's an unprecedented gathering of presidents, prime ministers and kings to discuss nuclear material. And it's all happening within about 150 yards of the NPR building.
For the heads of state gathered at the DC Convention Center, it's all about preventing terrorists from acquiring nuclear material for weapons. For me, this morning, I have to admit it was mostly about my commute and getting our guests through the massive security gauntlet to our front door.

I consider my morning commute to NPR exciting if I run into one of the presidential mascots for the Nationals. No mascots today, but instead: men in casual clothes with handguns strapped to their thighs; Uniformed officers carrying large automatic weapons; what appear to be snipers stationed on rooftops; barriers wrapped around NPR's building; large dump trucks loaded with dirt and gravel blocking traffic lanes into and out of the summit; crowd control fences; and Jersey barriers, among other security precautions.

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