Hmm. You mean to say there’s a fence around the White House? I guess I just never noticed. I’ll be sure to look next time I’m in D.C., though, now that Mayor Muriel Bowser has made it a public issue that the “People’s House” is off-limits to the hoi polloi. Take a look.
It’s not clear whether she is referring to the barricades that were put up again last week after protesters attempted to storm the White House. Is she means the wrought-iron fencing that has encloses the grounds, someone ought to tell her that’s been there since Ulysses S. Grant was president.
In her curious commentary, Bowser asserts that “we should want the White House to be opened up for people to be able to access it from all sides.” I would submit that “no, we shouldn’t.” Removing the White House fence, if that is what she is advocating on behalf of, makes as little sense as abolishing the Secret Service.
Ditto for the barricades, which are erected periodically when added security is deemed necessary or to divert traffic on specific occasions. This has been the case since the middle of the twentieth century. Has Bowser, who at least works in the District, never noticed it?