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Drone Lands at the White House

A drone landed within the gates of the White House this morning, making its way into a tree at around 3 am, according to reports.

The White House sought to portray the incident as no big deal, saying what they termed “a device” did not pose a threat. Nevertheless, here’s a look at the response:

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Someone was up to something. I mean, I’d like to know who was flying a drone at 3 am around the White House.

The president and Mrs. Obama are traveling in India. Not clear if the Obama daughters were home or not.

Lights Briefly Out at the White House

Updated Tuesday, December 16, 7:12 pm ET

The lights went out for a few seconds at the White House this morning, according to reporters on the scene who tweeted about the incident.

Yahoo News White House reporter Olivier Knox tweeted that @DCPoliceDept tweeted and then deleted “Something about police at 1900 E St Office of Personnel Management for blown transformer.”

Not sure I’ve ever heard of the lights going out in the West Wing, though I couldn’t rule it out. I’ll give you an update if I hear more. No comment from the White House yet.

UPDATE: According to reports, a power line was served by a work crew nearby.

White House Decides to Build a Bigger Fence

Now we’re making sense. The White House has settled on the most obvious solution to its security problem: Make it more difficult for people to jump over the barrier between the public and the president.

On September 23, I wrote, as some of our fellow citizens were leaping over the fence and storming into the East Room, that the issue was not as complicated as people were making it:

You don’t always need high technology or a study from the RAND Corporation to solve a problem.

So amid all the agonizing about what to do about White House fence jumpers who might again make it into the building, I have a solution.

Here it is.

Are you ready?

Build a bigger fence.

That’s right. Employing the time-tested theory, Good fences make good neighbors, I have determined that the solution to the president’s problem is to increase the size of the current fence, which stands at seven and a half feet.

I wasn’t being tongue-in-cheek. I thought it was a good idea. And today at the White House, I noticed this and snapped a photo.

White House fence

The original White House fence on Pennsylvania Avenue is to the right. You can see that a portion of it has been removed and the new fence, which looks two or three feet higher than the old one, is being placed another ten feet or so further out into the sidewalk. I assume the rest will be removed and backed up as work continues.

Notice they are constructing a little area between the grass and the new fence and the grass. Now, me, I’d put a moat there and populate it with man-eating alligators in the summer – believe me, alligators would love the Washington summer – and great white sharks in the winter. Or I’d cement rows of upturned serrated steak knives into the pavement. But that’s just me.

Probably what they’ll do is stock it with some prickly bushes designed to ensnare or slow an intruder, but which will probably do nothing against your average lunatic high on adrenaline or PCP.

But at least they’re taking a reasonable step. Maniacs demanding breakfast in the State Dining Room is not a welcome prospect, even if we call it “the people’s house.”

Video || Behind the Scenes with Obama in Asia

Okay, yeah, this is White House-produced propaganda. But I thought you might enjoy sharing some of the access given White House videographers and get a look at some intimate shots not afforded the press.

Note, unfortunately, the nauseatingly fast cuts from scene to scene. This is of course consistent with the style expected of music videos and TV reality shows, which are done with the assumption of a declining attention span of the average American whose senses are assaulted daily by television and video games.

So we’re treated to the same quick blast per scene, whether the content is interesting or not. Do they think we’re too stupid to hold onto a thought for more than three seconds?

Okay, don’t answer that.

Meet the White House Canine Heroes

Here they are, the Secret Service agents who take down White House intruders and protect your president, regardless of Party.

The Secret Service tweeted out their photos Thursday.

Secret Service dog Hurricane  Secret Service dog Jordan

I see them around the grounds. Definitely two of my favorite White House employees.

White House Fence Jumper Kicks Dogs

A fence jumper last night kicked the dogs sent to take him down, sending both to the veterinarian, but don’t worry, they’re okay and back on duty.

Fortunately, the fence jumper, Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Md, was also injured. He went to the hospital to be treated for dog bites. According to the Washington Post, Dominic’s dog kicking amounts to assaulting a police officer:

Adesanya has been charged with two counts of assault on a police officer — a charge that stems from his attack on the dogs — along with one count of making threats and four counts of resisting and unlawful entry, Donovan added. All charges except for resisting and unlawful threats are felonies; Adesanya was unarmed at the time of his arrest.

Here’s some video of the incident.

Finally, Some Accountability

In a rare decision to dump an underperforming subordinate, President Obama today fired Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, who presided over an agency that had allowed a deranged man to run amuck in the White House. Interestingly, the unusual and unprecedentedly swift holding-to-account occurred when the matter concerned the president’s own personal safety. Nevertheless, it’s goodContinue Reading

Ron Kessler: Obama’s Life is in Danger

Writing in Politico, veteran investigative journalist Ron Kessler says the Secret Service is so broken that President Obama is lucky to be alive, and that its current director, Julia Pierson, must go. The Secret Service doesn’t need merely to up its game. It needs a thorough overhaul of a terminally sick management culture, writes Kessler,Continue Reading

Fence Jumper Ran Through the East Room

This month’s wildly successful White House fence jumper made it even further into the building than previously suspected, racing half the length of the ground floor of the White House and then some before finally being tackled by a Secret Service agent. At this point I’m kind of surprised he didn’t run upstairs, put onContinue Reading