|It's for self-defense. I swear...|
On 11/11/11, Idaho Falls resident Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was arrested for allegedly firing shots at the White House with an assault rifle.
According to court documents, Ortega-Hernandez referred to President Obama as "the antichrist" and told friends he "needed to kill him."
But wait, it gets better.
In a video, taped in order to get on the Oprah show (I thought Oprah was off the air??), Ortega-Hernandez calls himself the "Second coming of Jesus Christ."
(This video was recorded in September by a Student at Idaho State University, 2 months prior to the assassination attempt)
Whether Ortega-Hernandez actually believes it to be true or not, this video opened up the possibility for an insanity plea. Recent news reports are showing, however, that he has been found competent to stand trial for attempting to assassinate the President.
Ok, two things:
|Idiot of the year? Maybe.|
First, if you're going to try and kill the President, make sure he's in town. During the shooting, Obama was actually en route to Hawaii.
Secondly, it doesn't surprise me this crackpot is from Idaho Falls. Goofballs like him are a dime a dozen out here. In fact, I was at a bar recently when I overheard two guys talking about this man.
(and no, FBI, I didn't see faces and won't testify. This was overheard, so don't bother me)
The guys were mentioning how their bud Oscar "had the balls to do what we all wanted to do but never would" in taking a shot at Obama. I can understand disliking a President. I can understand people regretting the fact he was elected. But people cheering-on an assassin? That's low. I mean, I couldn't STAND Millard Fillmore back in the day, but you never saw ME plotting to kill him...
Ortega-Hernandez is one of a SMALL handful of people throughout history to be accused of a Presidential assassination attempt. This is a pretty exclusive club, so Idaho now has one more thing (besides potatoes) to be famous for.