White House Metal Detector Set Off by ... Obama

The culprit? The president's cell phone
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2011 12:03 PM CST
White House Metal Detector Set Off by ... Obama
President Barack Obama, accompanied by his security personnel, walks through a White House gate prior to crossing Pennsylvania Avenue heading to the Blair House to attend a holiday party, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A metal detector leading into the White House was activated today by the president himself. President Obama was returning home from a holiday gathering across Pennsylvania Avenue when he decided to chat with the security guards at the Northwest Gate, reports USA Today. They showed him how a typical White House visitor would gain access, and then Obama strolled through the metal detector, triggering a beep. The First Cell Phone was to blame. "I just wanted to see what it was like getting in here," Obama said. (At least he didn't get locked out this time.)

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