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Curious Toddler Breaches White House Security

The North Lawn of the White House is seen in Washington, DC, March 17, 2010. The White House dyed the property's fountains green in honor of St Patrick's Day. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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It isn't every day the White House goes into full-on lockdown mode. But that's exactly what happened yesterday at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, when a brazen intruder made it passed the White House gates and onto the green lawn, sending the Secret Service into a panic until they finally apprehended him.

The "intruder" in question turns out to be just one curious little toddler, barely out of diapers. Maybe he's a fan of the Prez and wanted to meet the leader of the free world in person. Or maybe he simply wanted to feel what it was like to run wild through that massive green lawn. (Can you blame him?) Or maybe he thought it would be hilarious to watch the Secret Service chase after him frantically. (Let's be honest, it probably was!)

But seeing how the perpetrator can't even form words yet, it looks like we'll never know.

"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 way with parents," one particularly comical Secret Service said, according to the White House pool report.

As NBC news reports, the stealthy tot wasn't really questioned after his epic breach of security and, apparently, neither were his parents. But even though they wound up shrugging the whole thing off, the incident really did prompt a White House lockdown (albeit it a short one), according to NBC News' White House correspondent Chris Jansing. In fact, it's what caused last night's delay before President Obama shared the news that we would be issuing targeted air strikes and offering humanitarian aid to those affected by the turbulence in Iraq.

Needless to say, this kid's parents are never going to let him live this one down.

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