File this under terrible ideas. Amid a series of embarrassing blunders, the Secret Service wants to spend $8 million to build another White House in Beltsville, Maryland, about 20 miles from the real White House.
Newly installed Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy went before a House Appropriations panel on Tuesday and asked for an $8 million replica of the White House for training purposes.
“Right now, we train on a parking lot, basically,” Mr. Clancy said. “We put up a makeshift fence and walk off the distance between the fence at the White House and the actual house itself. We don’t have the bushes, we don’t have the fountains, we don’t get a realistic look at the White House.”
“It’s important to have a true replica of what the White House is so we can do a better job of this integrated training between our uniform division officers, our agents and our tactical teams,” he added.
Or…. you could just pay more attention to the real one. And while you’re at it maybe cut down on drunken Secret Service agents driving into White House barricades, letting in knife-wielding intruders, and canoodling with Colombian hookers.
The proposed replica would include the facade of the White House, the East and West Wings, guard booths and the surrounding grounds and roads. For $8 million? Can’t they just borrow the House of Cards set?