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Obama’s national security deputy shrugs off thwarted plot

Updated: May 20, 2012 8:41AM

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said Saturday that he was not overly concerned about the alleged plot to firebomb President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters.

Rhodes said he was not aware whether Obama knew about the arrest of three suspects, saying “protests and security disruptions” are common at summits.

Obama and first lady Michelle landed in Chicago Saturday night, and Rhodes spoke to reporters during the flight on Air Force One.

“If these more serious allegations are true, then I think it was effective work in making sure that they couldn’t pose any additional threat to public security,” Rhodes said. “But I’ll have to wait — what additional information comes out before getting into the specifics of this case.”

— Lynn Sweet

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