That would explain why it seemed like Mickey Mouse was in charge.

Recently-replaced Secret Service director Julia Pierson told colleagues that the Secret Service needed to be “more like Disney World.”

“We need to be more like Disney World,” Pierson reportedly said this past spring as she tried to downgrade her agency’s security plan for President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. “We need to be more friendly, inviting.”

Pierson previously worked as a Disney World costumed character.

In 2007, Pierson said, “I started off in the parking lot, advanced to watercraft, and I wore one of those character outfits for a while in Americans on Parade. I think the experience of dealing with large crowds at the park had a good influence on my ability to do that sort of work with the Secret Service.”

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