A homeless man who has apparently been hanging around the White House jumped the fence yesterday. From CNN:
According to the Secret Service, the detained man is James Dirk Crudup, 41, who is homeless. He will be charged with unlawful entry and contempt of court because he previously had been ordered to stay away from the White House due to past incidents, the agency said.
This happens every once in a while, and they generally don’t get very far. This one seems to have obeyed orders, lying down and waiting to be taken away. Otherwise, a dog might have been sent to tackle him. Never heard of anyone getting shot.
Notice the Secret Service guys in the black and white uniforms. They’re the greatest – I get along well with them, engaging in a little banter and joking every day as I enter the premises – and they’re putting they’re lives on the line for the president and everyone else who works in the White House, including the reporters.
But as you can see – and as compared to the special ops guys in the dark uniforms – they’re just like regular cops, with the occasional irresistible urge to hit the donuts.