November 19th, 2011
11:21 AM ET

In video, White House shooting suspect calls himself 'modern-day Jesus'

By Mariano Castillo and Greg Botelho, CNN

(CNN) - Weeks before his arrest on a charge of attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama, an Idaho man taped a video pitch for Oprah Winfrey - expressing his contempt for government, offering secrets to solving global problems and proclaiming himself to be "the modern-day Jesus Christ."

The video, released Friday to CNN by Idaho State University, features a man dressed in all black, with brown hair, a beard and a crucifix hanging around his neck.

"My name is Oscar Ortega from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and I feel like I am the perfect candidate to get cast on your show because not only do I have a solution to make a huge impact on this world with small changes to our daily lives, I also have with me the answer to worldwide peace," he states.

The previous Friday, a witness in Washington described to investigators hearing about "eight sounds of popping noise" and seeing "puffs of air" from a car that was registered to Ortega. One bullet hit a window on the White House but was stopped by bulletproof glass, the Secret Service said, while another was found on the White House exterior.

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soundoff (524 Responses)
  1. Team righto

    Chad wins again! Kudos!

    November 21, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Team Wrongo

      Chad, it is incredibly sad and pathetic that you are your only cheerleader. You don't win by making up fake handles to pat yourself on the back with the same, tired arguments you continually post without listening to or regarding all the rebuttles. This might work on a predominatly christian forum, but here your lack of understanding and need to "win" a debate that you clearly lost is astounding and sad.

      November 21, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • Team righto

      Hey-I am NOT Chad.

      Tsk, Tsk what else can I say- you are soooooo wrong O 'bout not wanting to believe in God.

      Chad-You reminded me so much of what David must have felt facing those roaring philistines, but David knew that he knew who was with him. Kudos!

      November 21, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Team Wrongo

      Saying you're not chad is pretty much announcing you ARE chad. Considering the only time your handle pops up is to congraulate chad on a non-existant win. The only other alternative is you know chad personally and at his behest you give him a cheer now and then. Either way its truely pathetic. If you have an opinion notChad lets hear it. Why not actually articulate what you want to say instead of just being chads little bi.tchboy.

      November 21, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Craptacular

      II'm sure Jesus would be on this blog arguing for himself if he were alive again. Unless he was captured for breaking the law...you know that happened to him once already – you'd think he would have remembered that and not been so reckless.

      Jesus was clearly smarter than most of the folks around him back in the day, and his following was very small and weak – but if they were not he would not have been crucified right?

      How would you know if he is here now? Would you believe him if he told you? Would you be certain that he was a liar or a nutcase?


      November 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Chad, this is so pathetic it almost makes me feel sorry for you. What a lame-o.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  2. William Demuth

    So lets nail him up!

    I'll get my sword.

    Bu this time, lets use a fourth nail between his eyes. It's the ONLY way to stop the Jesus Zombie cycle.

    November 21, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • PraiseBeForIdiots

      Let's run him through a giant meat grinder first, then bath the sausage in napalm and roast marshmallows to it.

      November 21, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  3. PraiseBeForIdiots

    This makes perfect sense. Every christian I've known is rude, self-righteous, judgmental and sickening. But then, everyone other religious person I've known is the same. Today for example, whilst I was imputing coins into the machine to be able to enter the parking ramp, a vile christian woman flew into the structure and stopped inches from my bumper. She had her window down in her $50k car, yelling at me to hurry up and cursing like a sailor in her starched hair and business suit. Luckily for her, she can just ask the great Jeebus (Oscar Ortega) to forgive her and it's all good. I vomit and defecate on all religion.

    November 21, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  4. *** DUDE ***


    November 21, 2011 at 3:16 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What do you expect from herbie the t urd burglar?

      November 21, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  5. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Funny that Chad is too dishonest to answer the question I asked him.

    November 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • kalamazoo

      theres a name for folks like you on blogs who demand answers from random strangers and who will follow them for days....and never quite figure out that the person they are chasing (chad in this case) is a slimy person who cannot face a hard question but can only squirm around and run away.
      u r wasting your time. go fap or something. its good for u.

      November 21, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Go fap something yourself, you gormless f*ctart.

      November 21, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • Chad

      The answer is this: 42

      November 21, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Did you figure out the difference between the morning-after pill and RU486, Chard? Or are you going to pretend you don't see these posts?

      Because you look like an idiot when you argue your case with erroneous information.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  6. naiem

    too bad as far as some dedicated spiritual Muslims the second coming of Jesus has already occurred, now to gather the sheep under done banner, and lead the world out of the chaos it's found it self in where no one has any certainty of God , or they would not do such acts as this self proclaimed coco has done.

    November 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  7. Muneef

    Developing signs of a Christian AlQaida !!

    November 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • John Richardson

      One sure hopes not.

      How you doing, man?

      November 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      Hardly: I would posit that Ortega is a deeply disturbed, perhaps delusional, young man. His actions no more reflect Christianity than the actions of Al Qaeda reflect Islam.

      And by the way, I am neither Christian nor Muslim–I respectfully disagree with both faiths, but I reject the "Religion is teh evil!" argument that so many non-believers apply to them.

      November 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • kalamazoo

      you should see a doctor about that. sounds like a bad rash.

      November 21, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  8. HotAirAce

    I suspect that Chad does not see the illogic / inconsistency of saying the god exists but allah doesn't...

    November 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      That's just one in a very, very long list of things Chad doesn't see....

      November 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  9. John Richardson

    Chad, YOU are claiming that Hitler's body was destroyed. Hans assures me that Hitler poisoned himself, was buried, but was resurrected after the Red Army passed through and ascended to Asgard. Prove that this is false.

    November 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Chad

      Where was Hitler buried?

      November 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • tallulah13

      In Grant's Tomb.

      November 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • John Richardson

      You're doing a HORRIBLE job of dissuading the faithful believers in Hitler's resurrection, Chad. His tomb had to remain a secret till the Red Army passed by. THEN he rose from the dead and a little later ascended to Asgard. Hans assures me that this is the literal truth. I of course think it's total nonsense. But how can I PROVE to Hans that it didn't happen?

      November 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • Chad

      @John Richardson "You're doing a HORRIBLE job of dissuading the faithful believers in Hitler's resurrection, Chad. His tomb had to remain a secret till the Red Army passed by. THEN he rose from the dead and a little later ascended to Asgard. Hans assures me that this is the literal truth. I of course think it's total nonsense. But how can I PROVE to Hans that it didn't happen?"

      =>Who helped Hans bury hitler in this secret tomb? Was it just Hans alone? Is Hans revealing the location of this tomb, or is he keeping it secret?

      November 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • John Richardson

      No! No! No! Chad, listen! Hans read about it in a book that was written just a few decades after the event. The book said that it was the absolute truth on the matter. So there ya have it!

      November 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Chad

      John Richardson "No! No! No! Chad, listen! Hans read about it in a book that was written just a few decades after the event. The book said that it was the absolute truth on the matter. So there ya have it!"

      =>what was the assertion in the book? You keep dodging the question 🙂
      what exactly is the claim?
      was he buried, if so where?
      was he not buried, if not, what happened to the body?

      it's simple, and you know your dodging the question.. details and examples are your kryptonite John 🙂

      November 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And apostrophes are yours, Chad. Why don't you answer the question I asked you?

      November 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  10. Inventory

    All atheists here that hold a Advanced degree please raise your hand and specifiy your line of specialization.

    November 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Observer

      All Christians with only a high school degree or lower raise your hands.

      November 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Funny but TRUE

      Nobody raise their hands. It only proves 2 undisputable facts facts that: 1.) There is NO "atheists here that hold a Advanced degree" nor has a "line of specialization" and...2.)There is NO "Christians with only a high school degree or lower".

      November 21, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Rick

      I have an MBA

      November 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I have a PDA.

      November 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Funny but TRUE

      Too late boozos!

      November 25, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  11. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Chad, that we don't yet know what caused the universe is not proof that "God did it."

    November 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  12. JAG0419

    So this guy thinks he's Jesus. I'm surprised he isn't a Republican primary candidate. He's no nuttier than they are.

    November 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Sam

      He TOLD Rick Perry to run for President........and Herman Cain..........and Michelle Bachmann.......and Rick Santorum.
      He told Huckabee to go home and shut up.

      I don't understand any of this either, because He told ME not to vote for ANY of them.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  13. Bo

    @ Frank Bund, 12:41, Point? If we read the scripures carefuly: we know this could not be Jesus.

    November 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Observer

      "If we read the scripures carefuly: we know this could not be Jesus."

      How many Christians read the scriptures carefully? Most of them even think the Bible says it condemns abortion.

      November 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Bo

      @Observer, what has this to to do with abortion? This has to do with someone who looks like he is high on something that has nothing to do with Jesus of the Bible or God.

      November 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Observer


      I pointed out that Christians don't read the Bible closely.

      November 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • PraiseBeForIdiots

      IIf Jesus did walk the Earth today no one would believe him any more than you believe this man is Jesus. He would be locked away in a nuthouse doing some Thorazine Shuffle...so tell us all, how do you know that this man is not your god? Are you smarter and better than your god?

      November 21, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  14. Bo

    How do we know this wasn't the Lord Jesus? When Jesus comes the second time, He will not return to a particular place on earth. In fact, He will not actually touch the earth. "For the Lord Himself will desend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together whith them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall be always be with the Lord" (1Thes 4:16, 17).

    November 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Awkward Situations

      Right. It would have been more plausible if he had parachuted out of the sky with a megaphone.

      November 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Frank Bund

      Bo, and your point is............................?

      Shall I quote something from Twilight? Both it and the bible are fiction and equally useless.

      November 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • John Richardson

      I knew he wasn't Jesus when I noticed that he's alive and Jesus is dead. I would have known he wasn't any sort of savior or even religious leader of note from his video had I seen it before the event, but by the time I heard of the guy, the talk was all about him shooting at the White House, That's a pretty big hint that the guy ain't exactly prince of peace material, eh?

      November 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Back in the early eighties, a fella named Benjamin Creme said that the "Day of Declaration" was nigh.
      Christ was to come on television and, using the world's satellite networks, establish a telepathic rapport with humanity.
      This was supposed to create a psychic tsunami of love that would trigger thousands of miracle cures.
      Sounds a bit like what you're talking about...

      November 21, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  15. XIE XIE

    This is the biggest lie and set up in a long time folks. This guy is an operative of the New World Order. How crazy can we make him look right. NOT. Its always the crazy religious guy right. Sorry not gonna believe it.

    November 20, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • John Richardson

      No, sometimes it's the crazy guy who believes in the existence of a "new world order" conspiracy.

      November 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Wasn't New World Order a boy band from the 90s? Didn't Justin Timberlake get his start with them?

      November 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • John Richardson

      I thought Justin Timberlake started with The Illuminati.

      November 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  16. AGuest9

    Makes you wonder about those people who wander around, lost. You know, the one's that most people say "Oh, he's harmless." about.

    November 20, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • captain america

      Like you?

      November 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  17. AGuest9

    I know a lot of guys named Jesus. Some of them do my neighbor's lawn.

    November 20, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  18. God

    I did not have se.xual relations with his mother!!!!

    November 20, 2011 at 5:52 am |
    • Ah....wait just a second

      But your bird did.

      November 20, 2011 at 7:01 am |
  19. RightTurnClyde

    The only thing it "proves" Is that in a nation of 300,000,000 there will be crazies (like the Tucson shooter) and some with think they are God or Jesus (like this fellow). 1% = 3,000,000 .01% = 3.000,000 .001% = 300,000 1/10th or .001% = 30,000 (.0001%) ... In other words it's unavoidable. That's why we have a Secret Service and bullet proof glass. That .0001% is a "needle in a haystack."

    November 20, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • Observer

      Trying to put a percentage on how many people think they are God is a waste of mathematics. You have no idea how many think they are God without announcing it.

      November 20, 2011 at 1:30 am |
    • Serutan

      I have no doubt that the FBI has a file on "RightTurnClyde." A thick one with lots of entries showing how crazy he acts in public.

      November 20, 2011 at 5:24 am |
    • TucAriZhooter

      "I don't Trust in God"- Loughner

      November 20, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • Awkward Situations

      So, numbers are your best friend when you use them but they can be completely ignored when mathematical arguments against the bible are presented? Interesting.

      If only our constitution had bullet proof glass to protect us from the millions of crazies trying to insert their religious ideologies into the government.

      November 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Sun Myung Moon, Emanuel Swedenborg, Baha u llah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, David Koresh, Hailie Selassie, John Thom, Arnold Potter, William Davies, George roux, Ernest Norman, Krishna Venta, Ahn Sahng-Hong, Jim Jones, Mashall Applewhite, Hulon Mitchell, Wayne Bent, Ariffin Mohammed, Mitsuo Matayoshi, Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, Inri Cristo, Thomas Provenzano, David Icke, Shoko Asahara, Hogan Fukinaga, Marina Tsvigun Sergei Troop are just some of the people who have recently claimed to be Jesus Christ reincarnate.
      That's a lotta Easter Zombies!

      November 21, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  20. Bucky Ball

    Well, I guess the proof he's a wacko is that the rosary around his neck has the incorrect number of beads. Surely his mom would have told him a thing or two about that. 😈

    November 20, 2011 at 12:45 am |
    • Reality


      November 20, 2011 at 7:52 am |
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