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Criticism is fine and fully American, but so is uniting behind the president, the troops—and a risky plan.
Tourists, "cranks," and other eccentrics in the past made it unscathed into the executive mansion.
He also once walked around the executive building carrying a hatchet.
After a man gained entry with a knife, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the front door to the White House will be locked when not in use.
The story behind Friday's intrusion: a VA system failing millions like Omar J. Gonzalez.
Unlike for Bush in 2002, there's little electoral upside for the president in the security issue.
The public's nerves are rattled on everything from terrorism to immigration to Ebola—and that has created a political advantage for Republicans.