White House Lockdown: Pokemon-Dressed Man Jumped Fence, Locked Down (Photo)

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
September 11, 2014 Updated: September 11, 2014

The White House was reportedly placed on lockdown after a man wearing what appears to be a Pikachu hat jumped the fence.

A photo being circulated online shows a Secret Service arresting the man on the lawn of the White House.

An officer is seen pointing his gun at the man, who is lying face down.

A police dog is also seen.

NBC News reported that the White House was placed on lockdown after the incident.

Pikachu is known as the mascot for the popular Pokemon media franchise.

Story is developing…



THE ASSOCIATED PRESS White House update:

Obama’s request to combat militants draws support  

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bending for once to the will of the White House, Republicans and Democrats coalesced Thursday behind President Barack Obama’s call to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants and pointed toward votes in the heat of a midterm election campaign.

“We ought to give the president what he’s asking for,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said, although he swiftly added that many Republicans believe the Democratic commander in chief’s strategy is too tepid to crush militants who have overrun parts of Iraq and Syria and beheaded two American journalists.

On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he expected legislation ratifying Obama’s request to clear Congress by the end of next week when lawmakers hope to wrap up their work and go home to campaign for re-election.

Congress’ two other top officials, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, also said Obama would likely get the support he seeks.

Congress is in the midst of a two-week session that had been expected to focus on domestic issues, principally legislation to extend routine government funding beyond the end of the Sept. 30 budget year. That agenda changed abruptly on Wednesday night, when Obama delivered a prime-time speech from the White Houseseeking “additional authorities and resources to train and equip” rebels. The forces are simultaneously trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad and defeat militants seeking to create an Islamist caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Obama says he already has the authority to order airstrikes against militants in Syria, although so far, those attacks have come only in neighboring Iraq.

The White House and many lawmakers say deployment of U.S. troops to train and equip Syrian rebels — activity planned to take place in Saudi Arabia — would require additional congressional approval.

On the morning after Obama’s speech, the administration deployed a battalion of officials to brief lawmakers, including Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry are expected to testify in next week at public hearings in advance of any votes in Congress.

There was a strong political subtext to the developments, eight weeks before voters pick a new House and settle a struggle for Senate control.

Asked whether the topic would be part of the campaign now unfolding, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who is on the November ballot, said, “Everything is going to be an issue.”

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.