Julia Pierson, the embattled director of the U.S. Secret Service, resigned Wednesday amid embarrassing new revelations of breaches to the protective cordon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, who had been in the job only a year, submitted her resignation to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who accepted, Johnson said in a statement. The move comes a day after a contentious hearing on Capitol Hill over how an armed man managed to jump the White House fence and enter the Executive Mansion last month before being apprehended by officers, and hours after congressional leaders, including House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, indicated she should resign. Read more >>
The cartoon by Chappatte from The International New York Times shows a foreign tourist taking a photo of a sign on the White House fence. A security agent is giving him a nasty look. The joke is that sign not only gives the times of tours of the White House (9am - 2pm), but also of intrusions (4-7pm).
An intrusion is the act of illegally entering a building or area, usually in order to steal something. • The victim was not in his house when the intrusion took place Saturday around midnight.