The 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is not the best day to jump the fence at the White House.
One man found that out Thursday when Secret Service officers with guns drawn apprehended him as he headed toward the presidential residence. The man is in custody, according to Fox News.
“There are frequent protests outside the White House gates, so it initially seemed like nothing,” Fox News’ Ed Henry said.
Henry was on the North Lawn at the time of the incident preparing for a “Special Report” segment with Brett Baier.
“But just seconds before air, we heard Secret Service officers shouting at someone who appeared to have jumped the White House fence — as literally dozens of tourists started sprinting away from the fence and toward Lafayette Park for safety — and officers with extremely large assault weapons started circling the North Lawn in defensive posture,” he said. “Very large police dogs also started barking and were ready to pounce.”
Henry said the man appeared to be carrying a stuffed animal, but no weapon, which may be why officers did not shoot.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were assembling backpacks for homeless children as part of a 9/11 service project and were not present at the White House when the incident occurred, Fox News reported.
The man was described as wearing a “Pikachu” shirt and carrying the same stuffed animal. Pikachu is described by Wikipedia like this:
“One of the species of Pokémon creatures from the Pokémon media franchise — a collection of video games, anime, manga, books, trading cards, and other media created by Satoshi Tajiri. … Pikachu is regarded as a major character of the Pokémon franchise and has become an icon of Japanese culture in recent years.”
Of course, Twitter was in high gear with this fodder, tweeting:
Alleged photo of White House fence jumper sporting Pikachu swag: pic.twitter.com/jhwsiOYVwk
— Dell Cameron (@dellcam) September 11, 2014
The White House fence jumper got farther up the north lawn than many, and did it wearing a Pokemon hat. — Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) September 11, 2014
A dude wearing Pikachu garb (and holding a Pikachu plushie) tried to storm the White House today. Seriously. http://t.co/cXstm61MwG
— Danielle Riendeau (@Danielleri) September 12, 2014
Pikachu puts the White House in lock down. http://t.co/LQUh3WQKvF
— Shirley (@shirleyy_wu) September 12, 2014
UPDATE: The White House jumper was also carrying a Pikachu stuffed animal. pic.twitter.com/fhvKmZO2eg
— Charlie Gile (@cwgile) September 11, 2014
Dude, next time can you wear Transformers gear?
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