That command was the first of a string of security lapses, never previously reported, as the Secret Service failed to identify and properly investigate a serious attack on the White House. While the shooting and eventual arrest of the gunman, Oscar R. Ortega-Hernandez, received attention at the time, neither the bungled internal response nor the potential danger to the Obama daughters has been publicly known. This is the first full account of the Secret Service’s confusion and the missed clues in the incident — and the anger the president and first lady expressed as a result.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Shooting Up the White House
Amazing Wash Post account reveals that the shooting up of the White House in 2011 far more dangerous than depicted at time--with several shots entering the residence, Obama's daughter and mother-in-law there and other daughter nearby. But more than anything--the bungled Secret Service response. They were ordered to stand down when falsely told gunshots were just backfire.
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