Secret Services confiscates cutlery at Obama event - POLITICO.com This is the first time I have ever heard of this happening. They were denied knives outright, and then had their forks taken away? WTH? According to the article, it's a routine practice to remove all such items before the President speaks, I guess it's just the first time there's been an announcement about it that any one recorded. Anyway, I found it amusing... But what's with the lack of knives? Butter your bread with a spoon?