Saturday, September 20, 2014

Parcours challenge

The latest competitive event:

President Obama and his daughters had just departed the White House on Friday evening when an intruder scaled the north fence, darted across the lawn and into the presidential residence, where agents nabbed him. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of much of the White House, with Secret Service officers drawing their guns as they rushed staffers and journalists out a side door.

What got my attention, though, was this little side-remark towards the end of the article:

It's not uncommon for people to make it over the White House fence.

Sheesh, guys -- Do your job !

In training for the big event

66-year old man leaps White House fence
Catalino Lucas Diaz, 66, was charged with unlawful entry, threatening with a bomb and throwing a missile.

Notice how long ago that happened.   They have had plenty of time to fix the frigging fence.

[29 September 2014]
Furthermore, it turns out, the original version of the story had been carefully sanitized.    Here is -- well, not what really happened, who knows, but anyhow -- the latest droplet of truthitude:

Intruder Got Deep Into White House, Official Says

Omar J. Gonzalez overpowered a female Secret Service agent inside the North Portico entrance and ran through the East Room before he was tackled.

(Once could point out the obvious, but that is streng verboten.)
(Surtout ne pas cliquer ici.)


OK -- can’t help it.  This blog does not exist simply to link  to easily retrievable miscellanea d’autrui (ex alieno largiri ….);  but it’s late, and I’m tired:  and this is funny.

With new details like these, and the Secret Service’s lack of candor, journalists on Twitter pondered what else Gonzalez might have had time to do:
John Tabin, American Spectator: “White House fence jumper makes it to Situation Room, serves as highly influential foreign policy advisor for six months before being caught.”
Simon Maloy, Salon: “The intruder signed 3 bills and paused for a brief photo with the president of Burundi before he was apprehended.”
John Schwartz, New York Times: “After a refeshing nap in the Lincoln bedroom, the fence jumper took Bo for a walk.”
Bob Hardt, NY1: “White House jumper also apparently made several recess appointments before being apprehended.”
David Waldman, Daily Kos: “White House intruder actually live-tweeted entire event, also vacuumed steps, began baking cookies.”
Al Kamen, The Washington Post: “White House intruder gets to the East Room, speaks to the nation on dangers of climate change.”


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