Even Obama bashing House Republicans are responding with anger and demanding a full congressional investigation into how an armed intruder was able to get into the White House.
On Fox News Sunday Rep. Peter King (R-NY) expressed outrage over the fact that an intruder with a knife managed to get into the White House.
This is absolutely inexcusable…The fact that he wasn’t brought down because they say they didn’t think he had a weapon? He could have had a body bomb; he could have had a vest on,” King said on “Fox News Sunday.” “As we know, he had a knife, so this demands a full investigation as to what happened, why it happened. and what’s being done to make sure it never happens again.
There can be a lot of conspiracies against the president, very complex assassination plots. This is the most basic, the most simple type of procedure and how — especially in these days of ISIS and the concern about terror acts — someone could actually get into the White House, without being stopped, is inexcusable.
Rep. King is correct. Some things are beyond partisan politics. Threats are made against the president’s life everyday, but one would hope that the Secret Service would be hypervigilant right now because of the bombing campaign that is going on against ISIS. There is no excuse for an intruder ever getting into the White House.
The Secret Service described the location of the arrest as unacceptable, “Although last night the officers showed tremendous restraint and discipline in dealing with this subject, the location of Gonzalez’s arrest is not acceptable.” Unacceptable is an understatement. Protecting the president is the Secret Service’s most basic duty. If they can’t stop an intruder at the heavily guarded White House, it’s time to evaluate the entire system of presidential security.
For once, Republicans like Peter King have a good reason to use their oversight and investigative powers.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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