We’re entering a presidential election year in 2016, and the lead up during 2015 was pretty crazy. In fact, can anyone remember a year with more political zaniness than this last one? Many of the candidates vying to occupy the Oval Office proposed some pretty crazy ideas—from building a giant wall along the U.S.–Mexico border to ensuring that every American is armed, to doing away with university and college tuition. There were also a good deal of political scandals throughout 2015, and some tense moments among world leaders. Whatever your personal political persuasion, we are sure you will enjoy these 10 weirdest moments in politics from the past year.
10. A Drone Lands on the White House Lawn
Secret Service and staff at the White House were left red faced in January of this year when an airborne drone piloted by an off-duty government worker landed on the White House lawn—causing a ruckus and sending the security detail scrambling to determine the threat posed by the drone and neutralize it. Luckily the drone posed no real threat, and President Barack Obama was away on an official visit to India at the time. Nevertheless, the incident raised new questions about both the use of drones and the ability of law enforcement to protect the Leader of the Free World. Interestingly, the operator of the drone worked for the U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, a government entity that is tasked with mapping and security duties. The agency issued a press release after the incident saying the drone flight was “not work related.” Good to know!