A group of Turkish diplomats breached the security bubble around President Obama on Tuesday, provoking a frenzied reaction by security personnel, around the president who pushed and shoved the intruders away from the president's limousine.
The incident occurred as Obama was preparing to leave the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan after speaking to an annual meeting of former President Bill Clinton's Global Initiative. Clinton was seen escorting Obama to the limousine moments before the incident occurred.
The limousine was hidden from view inside a large white tent, a regular Secret Service tactic to protect the president. Moments after Obama arrived at the car, a large number of uniformed police and plainclothes Secret Service agents converged on the back corner of the tent, shouting loudly.
A Washington Times reporter accompanying the president as part of a small press pool witnessed the skirmish from about 10 feet away.
"A foreign delegation got confused and were trying to enter the president's departure tent and didn't understand the verbal instructions being given. They had to be physically restrained," said Ed Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service.