New Evidence WH Shooter Attempted To Assassinate Malia Obama

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September 29, 2014 10:24am PST

A Washington Post investigation has led to new evidence which suggests that the man who fired several shots directly at the White House in 2011 may have been attempting to assassinate Malia Obama.

Oscar R. Ortega-Hernandez is currently serving a 25-year sentence for firing at least seven bullets at the White House on November 11, 2011. The President and First Lady were away that evening, but their two daughters were in Washington, D.C. Sasha was at home, but Malia was expected to arrive back at the residence moments after the shooter fired at the White House. This timeline has led investigative journalists to believe that Ortega-Hernandez could have been attempting to assassinate one or both of the Obama daughters while their parents were away.

ABC News furthered this theory, as they reported on Sunday:

A White House usher expressed concerns about the safety of Malia Obama, who was to arrive within minutes of the reports of the shots, The Post reported. The usher told the staff to keep Sasha Obama and her grandmother, Marian Robinson, inside.

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The President’s moves are normally well-publisized, so it’s likely that the shooter knew full well Obama was not at the White House that day. Why else would he have made the attack if not to harm the Obama daughters?

Shockingly, the investigation into exactly what happened surrounding the shooting that night lacked any sort of urgency. “I’m not saying this was our shining moment,” an anonymous Secret Service official told the Associated Press. The Service conducted only a cursory inspection of the White House for evidence of damage, and key witnesses were not interviewed until well after the fact.

Any number of reason could account for the Secret Service’s lackadaisical handling of this situation. They could have been attempting to play down the threat, so as not to upset the President. Or, the motives behind the way the Service dealt with the shooting could be more sinister. Some have alleged that the only reason to downplay the gravity of such a situation would be to cover up evidence that they were complicit in the attack.

Do you have another viable theory as to why Ortega-Hernandez may have attacked the White House when Obama was not even there? Or perhaps for why the Secret Service did not take the shots, which entered the White House, seriously? Tell us in the comments section.

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