White House fence-jumper caught: Should spikes be higher?

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Another Person Hopped The White House Fence.

Thanksgiving at the White House was disrupted on Thursday when a man draped in an American flag scaled the perimeter fence and jumped onto the grounds. The man was quickly apprehended by the Secret Service, but not before he had time to raise his hands in triumph, as if just breaching security had been his goal, said witnesses.

Secret Service officials identified the man as Joseph Caputo, but did not immediately provide any other information such as the man’s hometown or motive. One witness at the scene, identified as Victoria Pena of Houston, stated, “I just heard him take a big, deep breath and whisper to himself, ‘All right, let’s do this’ and he took off. If a man wearing a flag and holding something in his mouth can scale the fence and hit the dirt before being apprehended, it may prove the spikes are not all that’s needed.

Some local architectural groups in Washington have objected to that plan, saying it is not necessary to create a Kremlin-like fortress within a capital city of a democracy. On Thanksgiving morning, President Obama made a series of phone calls to members of the US armed forces thanking them for their service, according to a White House journalist pool report.

He and his family then sat down to a meal of thyme-roasted turkey, honey-baked ham, and prime rib with horseradish, supplemented with cornbread stuffing and braised winter greens.

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