Have you ever done something without thinking? Well, in this story about the Secret Service, the Turkish Prime Minister gets a big surprise when he gets out of his car without thinking.

The prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was not so understanding. His motorcade was arriving at the Sheraton Hotel while a “POTUS Freeze” was in place. The Secret Service agent in charge of Erdogan’s detail asked him to wait until Obama’s motorcade had departed, but the Turkish prime minister did not heed the advice. He opened the door to his car, and armed Turkish agents began exiting the other vehicles in the motorcade. “Don’t do that!” the American detail leader shouted. But Erdogan’s entourage nonetheless approached Obama’s departure tent. An agent in the Presidential Protective Detail, having no idea who these foreign guys with guns were, yelled into his handheld mike, “Crash it! Crash the tent!” Within moments, a dozen agents were out of their cars in full sprint, guns drawn, and the Turks were forcibly detained.

The incident was over within 20 seconds, but the Turkish delegation was mightily offended. It canceled several events in New York, while the Secret Service and the State Department apologized and tried to smooth hurt egos. Although agents had done exactly what they were supposed to do, the service initiated a full review, and procedures were altered to ensure that presidential motorcades didn’t intersect with waiting dignitaries in the future.

Full article available online at The Atlantic Monthly.

Writing Prompt: Write about a character who gets a big surprise. Remember, have fun! Your writing exercise doesn’t have to be about secret service agents with guns. It could be a girl at a singles bar who suddenly finds herself surrounded by men offering her martinis.

Nonfiction / Speech Writing / Journaling Prompt: Write about a time you did something without thinking and got a big surprise.

Art Prompt: surprise!

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about a time when you got a big surprise.

If you’re brave, share your work as a comment. And now, I’ve got to get back to all those guys with martinis. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Photo Credit: Martini photo by Rodrigo Senna.

One Response to Prompt #1: Surprise!

  1. Liz says:

    Deidre fished the olive out of her martini and sucked the vermouth out of it. This bar stinks, she thought. She set down a $10 bill, winked at the bartender, grabbed her purse, and stood to leave. She was immediately surrounded by 7 men, each holding a martini in his outstretched hand.

    “For me?” she asked, all the while wondering how she could possibly have attracted every gay nerd in a 25 mile radius.

    Deidre grimaced over her shoulder at the bartender, then grabbed the nearest martini. She tossed it back as if it were an ice cold beer on a 110 degree day, then grabbed a nerd and forced the olive down his throat with her tongue. The rest of the Nerd Corps swooned, allowing her to make her escape.

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