Prosecutors: Marijuana policy angered man who shot at White House

Anger over federal marijuana policy inspired an Idaho man to shoot at the White House in 2011, prosecutors say in a court document obtained by the AP. Well, that and his belief that President Obama is the Antichrist.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama were in San Diego when 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez allegedly drove up to the White House and opened fire through the passenger-side window, using a Romanian-made Cugir SA semiautomatic rifle equipped with a telescopic sight.

His goal “was to punish and kill the president, who he believed was the head of a government that was oppressing its citizens in various ways, such as by continuing to criminalize the use of marijuana," prosecutors say.

Ortega-Hernandez was charged in 2011 with attempting to assassinate the president, shortly after being arrested at a Western Pennsylvania hotel. Quoted in the complaint filed against Ortega-Hernandez at the time, one acquaintance of the suspect “stated that Ortega-Hernandez wanted to ‘hurt’ President Obama and referred to him as 'the anti-Christ'.” This person also “stated that Ortega-Hernandez ... is convinced that the federal government is conspiring against him.”

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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