On 09.59pm 30 December 2018, Donald Trump tweeted that the Obama household had a 10-foot wall built around their home in Washington D.C.
President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound. I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2018
The article quoted Obama’s neighbours as saying…
“there is no such wall”
“The 8,200-square-foot structure, despite several security features, is completely visible from the street.”
“There’s a fence that goes along the front of the house, but it’s the same as the other neighbors have. It’s tastefully done.”
The Washington Post was right. There is no 10-foot wall. However, there is a raised fence (8-feet tall by my estimation) that wasn’t there before. They also built a hut for a dedicated security detail. See photos below of these security features…
Photos of Obama’s mansion in 2018 (courtesy of Washington Post):
What it looked like in 2016:
Oh, and the comment about the house being “completely visible” from the street? That’s because it’s such an enormous 4-storey mansion that you can see it even if it was behind a 20-foot wall.
Let’s not forget another significant detail. The entire road is blocked off from public access. See photo evidence below…
So, was The Washington Post’s rebuttal correct?
Yes, it absolutely was. There is no 10-foot wall. Trump was wrong. Technically.
However, Trump’s point stands. The fact remains that Obama’s home is secured to the hilt, to keep out the unwanteds.
Do I support Trump?
Do I think Trump’s rhetoric is overblown?
Was Trump’s point about safety and security wrong?
I notice that when people lose an argument, if they don’t resort to ad hominems, they fall back on to the tactic of nitpicking insignificant details. This just goes to show how The Washington Post and its ilk are still not engaging with the issues, and still disconnected from the public. This is one of the reasons Donald Trump became President of the United States of America.