Noted at Right Wing News, is an article about jiggering poll results, which ended with a reference to Obambis comment:
“I am the only thing standing between you and the pitchforks.”Now I am no artist. I could draw the picture, but it would take me weeks. Imagine the Big O looking down his nose at the bankers and running off that line, while the bankers peer over his shoulder an an oncoming mob of angry "peasants" with pitchforks and torches. Impaled on the pitchforks are Tea Party placards.
Standing between the bankers and the rest of us seems more like "surrounded" than "protecting" to me.