I don't doubt for a second that the Secret Service knows what it's doing when it comes to protecting VIPs.
I've seen them do a security sweep (of my living room, in fact) — it's impressive.
Presumably, they performed such an exercise yesterday at the Washington Post before Barack Obama's visit to the newsroom.
Still, Howard Kurtz says that at one point during the meeting with newspaper staff and the president-elect, a Secret Service agent "ordered assistant national editor Carlos Lozada to take his hands out of his pockets."
Sure, blame the editor.