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Austin cop helps protect high-profile visitors


By Tony Plohetski
Austin American-Statesman

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin police officer Tim Atkinson has been blessed by the Dalai Lama, shaken hands with George W. Bush and Bill Clintonm and stood guard when President-elect Barack Obama was in town.

He chatted with first ladies Laura Bush and Lady Bird Johnson - two of the people he said he's enjoyed meeting most.

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