The White House was placed on full lock down on Thursday night when a squirmy toddler squeezed through the fence surrounding the North Lawn. His race across the green triggered security alerts and had agents scrambling across the lawn. Per protocol, the White House was locked down, Pennsylvania Avenue was closed, and the gates were shut.
We were going to wait until he learned to talk to question him, but in lieu of that he got a timeout and was sent on his way with parents.
Edwin Donovan, spokesman for the US Secret Service
The juvenile security breach happened just as President Barack Obama was preparing to announce in a televised statement that he had authorised air strikes and humanitarian assistance in Iraq. The lock down caused a brief delay in the address.