White House

Questions Raised Over White House Intruder's Passage Through Security

The president could have fended him off with his razor sharp wit.


When Omar Gonzalez scrambled over the iron fence, setting off electronic alarms, and bolted for the White House entrance some 70 yards away, Secret Service officers had just seconds to react.

They had two possible options that might have prevented the intruder from reaching the president's home and place of business: One of the sharp shooters on the roof of the White House could have killed him. Or a dog handler could have unleashed the Belgian Malinois trained to bring down a target individual. Neither of those things happened.