What a nutcase: the man who recently broke into the White House, missing President Obama by just minutes. (Why isn't the White House fence more unscalable?)
Omar J. Gonzalez, 42 and unarmed, was arrested just inside the house. The Texan was charged with unlawful entry, and it's not clear what his motive was.
The Sept. 19 incident began when Gonzalez was spotted climbing the fence. A Secret Service agent cleared people out of the area. The intruder sprinted across the lawn after hopping down from the fence and went through the north portico doors. A witness even said, "He got a good run in," referring to the North Lawn sprint. Parts of the White House were evacuated, and officials were yelling to the man to freeze.
Obama had been scheduled to depart, by helicopter with his daughters, at 7:05 pm, leaving from the South Lawn. Gonzalez got over the fence at 7:20 pm. However, apparently, Obama had left only a few minutes before this incident.
The video surveillance of Gonzalez shows what appears to be a man running in a race. Maybe he'd been training specifically for this event? Who knows.
Though scaling the fence isn't new, this incident may be a first in that the trespasser succeeded in gaining entry to the White House.
Wonder what Gonzalez has claimed, if at all, is the reason he did what he did. Did "voices" tell him to do it? Was it a dare, a bet with a lot of money riding on it? Did he want 15 minutes of fame, even if it came with a prison cost? And how is it that security at the White House is so lax? What if this guy had had a grenade on him, and Obama was delayed a few more minutes and just happened to be near the entrance where Gonzalez burst into?
You'd think a Whitehouse home security system equipped with armed guards, dogs and fences woould keep a crazy out. Or maybe they don't even have an actual system. If I'm ever elected president, I'd get one.