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Fence Jumper Makes It Inside White House

Fence Jumper Makes It Inside White House

| On 23, Sep 2014

This is a heaping dose of “Who in the hell (literally) left the gate open?” news.

On Friday, former member of the U.S. Army, Omar Gonzalez, managed to successfully jump the White House fence, sprint across the lawn, and make it just inside the North Portico before being stopped by Secret Service.

Gonzalez appeared in federal court on Monday. NBC News says he is charged with entering a restricted area while carrying a dangerous or deadly weapon.

I am not sure what’s more shocking — that someone was able to jump the fence and run across the lawn OR that they actually made it inside the White House. Secret Service definitely gets a strong side-eye after this latest round of events.

The irony of it all is that Gonzalez is known to suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, better known as PTSD. The mental illness is common in former soldiers who were exposed to the horrors of war, most recently the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It seems that the decisions being made over the last 13 years in the White House are literally meeting them at the doorstep.

Gonzalez was said to have entered the White House because he needed to warn President Obama that the atmosphere was collapsing. He is the second intruder onto the White House grounds in the past 10 or so days.

Check out Rachel Maddow’s breakdown of the history of intruders at the gates of the White House. It has been a more common problem than we think over the past 40 years.

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