USS Triumphant wrote:
there are some circumstances under which you WANT the president to be vulnerable to a degree.
One of the problems with a leader possessing heavy security might be the psychological
effect of that level of protect on the leader themselves.
The security can place the leader in a bubble of isolation and fear. Everywhere he goes outside of the armored buildings where he lives and works, he is surrounded by armed personnel, move from place to place in armored transports.
The result could be the leader growing scared of the people he serves.
It might also engender in the leader a dangerous
false perception that they are personally special, more important, and even better than those those whom they work for and are employed by.
The office they hold is special, personally they are not.