The security flaws that will make it more difficult to take a photo in the White House

  • thomas sparrow
  • BBC World, Washington (@bbc_sparrow)


The White House gives the impression of being accessible, but at the same time it is protected at all times.

Like almost all tourists, the Colombian Diego Duarte traveled to Washington with the aim of taking a photo in front of the White House.

President Barack Obama’s residence is not only one of the most famous buildings in the world, but compared to other mansions of its style, it gives the impression of being relatively casual in its exterior security measures.

With no large barricades or barbed wire, no soldiers in intimidating uniforms, it’s easy for visitors to 1600 Pennsylvania Street to walk up to the perimeter fence, have their picture taken in front of the house, and even, if they’re lucky, see the dogs Bo and Sunny running around the lawn.

Thus, (almost) accessible, is how the president of the United States wants to show to tourists from different corners of the world, but all that could change since a man with a knife jumped the fence on Friday night, ran through the garden and I get to the gate of the house.