White House fence climber causes alarm on Thanksgiving

Man draped in American flag jumps White House fence (Image Source: Twitter ‏@o_ema)
Man draped in American flag jumps White House fence (Image source: Twitter ‏@o_ema)

A man draped in an American flag climbed over the White House fence on Thanksgiving Day. The Obama family was at the residence when a security lockdown was initiated by the Secret Service.  The man was immediately confronted and apprehended by the Secret Service and guard dogs on the White House lawn.

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. It was chaotic. Everyone around us was yelling and kids were crying. It was pretty unexpected.”

The unidentified man was reportedly carrying a manila envelope when he climbed the White House fence. No one was injured during the incident and charges are currently pending against the intruder.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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