‘Wingnuts’ at the Door

September 21, 2014

The-West-Wing-the-west-wing-2632708-600-555Some non-comedic events the last couple days with security drama on the West Wing.
Or at least close enough, and spiced with some insightful crazy.
Via USAToday about the guy who jumped the White House fence on Friday, sprinted 70 yards to the front door and manged to get inside before he was subdued: The Associated Press, citing a criminal complaint against Gonzalez, reported that he told the Secret Service he was “concerned that the atmosphere was collapsing” and needed to contact the president “so he could get word out to the people.”

(Illustration found here).

Omar J. Gonzalez, 42. reportedly is a US Army veteran, discharged in 2012 and served three tours in Iraq as a sniper — as he hauled ass across the White House north lawn,ironically: One source familiar with the incident said a sniper on scene had Gonzalez in his rifle sights just in case.
The Gonzalez story looks tragic, the LA Times has a good background story, interviews with friends/family, tales of PTSD, medications and homelessness — the veterans’ song of the era.
However, the incident first of its kind ever at the White House — an intruder getting in the door..

And then add insult to intruder, yesterday just as the Secret Service reported “the location of Gonzalez’s arrest is not acceptable,” another unacceptable:

In the Saturday incident, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said a man showed up at one of the White House gates on foot, then showed up in his a car at another gate and pulled into the vehicle screening area.
He refused to leave and was arrested for unlawful entry.

And there’s Secret Service investigations on the two incidents, and White House security in general. Of course, asshole members of Congress are belching shit about investigations and whatnot — the usual par for political course nowadays.

In a belated-related subject, earlier this morning I came across an interesting, though, an odd story in the Washington Post by one-fantastic fan of the TV series, “West Wing,” and how the show has influenced people — I think it’s the comforting, good-heart of President Barlet’s administration we all seek as greatly-opposed to the reality.
The show is also a personal favorite, one of my first “binge” watches on Netflix. Despite the leftie sensibilities of the show, super fans are called ‘Wingnuts,’ which does ring with the sound of Tea Party.
The fan, Claire Handscombe, keys up the yearn/desire/nostalgia for the metaphysical:

It’s been 15 years since “The West Wing” first graced television screens.
In 1999, we were worrying about the Millennium Bug, paying $700 for DVD players and using pagers.
Yet the show still feels relevant.
There are Twitter accounts posing as the characters, continuing the story line and commenting on current political events.
For example, @LeoMcGarry’s account tweeted on Wednesday: “Getting slurred, incoherent phone calls to do with Scotland and the referendum. Someone please confiscate John Marbury’s mobile phone.”
Couples have walked down the aisle to the show’s theme music.
An iPhone app, pets and even children have been named after the characters.
Some fans say that the show has helped them crawl out of depression or that it’s deepened friendships among those who’ve watched it together.
Others say it has renewed their political idealism, made them want to debate rather than shout at people with different views or showed them that politics is worth engaging with.

Ms. Handscombe does maybe gets a bit obsessive, but apparently it’s done her good. And it’s a well-written piece — she’s a graduate student in American University’s creative writing program.

And how would Barlet’s staff emotionally handle Omar Gonzalez?
Despite having an arsenal and training, he was caught only with a pocket knife:

Jerry Murphy, whose mother was married to Gonzalez for several years, said Gonzalez suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and that he needs treatment, not to be treated like a criminal.
He said Gonzalez has been driving around the country and living out of his truck for the past couple of years, and that he always carries his knife.
“I know he’s got heavy artillery, you know?
“He’s got all kinds of weapons and he was trained to use them,” Murphy said.
“I believe if he wanted to make a scene or cause problems, he very well could have.
“But it’s clear that he didn’t.”

Margret Hooper might get frightened, Donna Moss might cry, but they’d all get personal, which would translate to some deeply-meaningful, philosophical discussions on the real, true soul of the US Constitution — just like real life.

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