Toddler Breaches White House Wall

April 18, 2023
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The White House security systems instantly triggered Secret Service officers and the toddler and parents were quickly reunited.

Secret Service spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi on a toddler breaching the White House security fence.

Why It Matters: “It may be the first successful intrusion onto the complex since the White House fence was doubled in height to roughly 13 feet (3.96-meters) in recent years after a series of security breaches.” (The Associated Press).

What Happened: Apparently the toddler slipped through the fence (just over 5 inches) between the iron posts. He was quickly “apprehended” by Secret Service, who momentarily “restricted” White House access until reuniting toddler with his parents.

Context: The White House fence use to be just over 6 feet tall until it doubled in height during a $64 million construction project started in 2019. Parts of the fence are still NOT complete. MORE HERE

Fun Fact: What color was the first White House fence? Possibly GREEN. “The first perimeter fence was a wood rail fence completed during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency (1801-1809). The wooden fence was replaced by a stone wall and later an iron fence. Paint analysis indicated that the earliest color of the north iron fencing may have been a deep forest green.”

Littlest intruder: Toddler crawls through White House fence (The Associated Press)

History of the White House fence (White House Historical Association)

by Jenna Lee,

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