The White House is a on every nut job’s must see list when they’re in DC (except for the asshat on a tractor who visited the Mall a few years ago), but most of them never get to see any of the other sites. This guy took his mission to the extreme…
WASHINGTON (nbc4.com) — A man with a message for President George W. Bush set himself on fire in front of the White House Monday afternoon, District officials said.
U.S. Park Police and Secret Service are investigating the incident that forced the closure of the newly reopened Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
At about 2:05 p.m., the man approached the northwest gate at the White House, which is the gate visitors normally use. He said he had a letter for the president, and Secret Service told him he would have to mail it.
The man then stepped away from the gate, pulled out a lighter and set himself on fire. The flames were put out but the area was evacuated as authorities investigated a nearby backpack. No explosives were found.
“Just got in front of the White House when I heard a Secret Service radio go off that some guy just set himself on fire in front of the White House,” said witness Jim Clarke. “I turned around and this guy was fully engulfed in flames.”
Clarke said the fire was extinguished quickly. Other witnesses said they heard the man screaming in pain.As if one crazy for the day wasn’t enough, later in the day, Man Arrested After Jumping Over White House Fence…