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Toddler squeezes through White House fence, triggers lockdown by Secret Service

The North Lawn of the White House. (AP Photo)
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WASHINGTON (WJLA/ABC News/CNN) -- President Barack Obama was about to address the nation on Iraq Thursday night when the briefing was delayed.

The reason why? Well, this might be a first.

The White House was temporarily locked down as Secret Service agents responded to a unique incident on the North Lawn.

Fence-jumpers are a frequent occurrence here, but not like this.


,br> A toddler apparently squeezed through the north fence, triggering security alerts, causing agents to race across the lawn and forcing the President, the press corps and the nation to wait.

Per protocol, the White House was locked down, Pennsylvania Avenue was closed, and the gates were shut.

The toddler, who no doubt was terrified by the ordeal, has since been reunited with his parents.

“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,” Edwin Donovan, spokesman for the US Secret Service, said in what will go down as one of the best press statements of the year.

The boy's parents now have a story to tell their son -- the night he made the nation wait for the president.

Just another night at the White House.

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