Three unacceptable threats to Obama’s security
By Jonathan Capehart October 1 at 12:24 PM
Through the reported details of three security breaches that have destroyed the image of infallibility of the Secret Service, we have seen the threat to the life of the president of the United States move from a distant avenue to next to him in an elevator. That’s why the bipartisan rage that greeted agency director Julia Pierson yesterday was warranted. That’s why public confidence in her is nonexistent.
The first threat to President Obama and his family came from bullets fired by Oscar Ortega-Hernandez from Constitution Avenue that hit the private quarters of the White House on Nov. 11, 2011. It took four days for the Secret Service “to realize that a gunman had fired at least seven bullets” in the executive mansion. The second threat came from a man who jumped the North Lawn fence and got through the front door on Sept. 19. It would be another 10 days before The Post’s Carol Leonnig would report that Omar Gonzalez allegedly made it as far into the building as the East Room. Yesterday, she reported that an off-duty agent who coincidentally happened to be there tackled the intruder. And now we know of a third threat that occurred during Obama’s visit to the Centers for Disease Control on Sept. 16. Against all safety protocols, an armed security contractor with a criminal record shared an elevator ride with the president.
All of these breaches are terrifying, but that last one makes the blood run cold. More…