(CNN) – The Secret Service is always on the alert for aerial assaults - but on Thursday, White House grounds were hit by one unexpected airborne threat.
A swarm of honey bees took over a bush located between the Northwest security gate of the White House and the area where television networks stand-up positions are located early Thursday.
CNN photojournalist John Bodnar said he came through the Northwest gate around 12:30 pm and was warned about the bees by Secret Service on duty in the guard post. "I walked out and thought it was a swirl of blossoms blowing in the wind, but turns out it was a swarm of bees," he says. Half an hour later, they were still issuing warnings."
White House carpenter Charlie Brandts, who is also a beekeeper and will be managing two bee hives in Michelle Obama's garden, came over to the area around shortly before 2 pm wearing protective gear and carrying a cardboard box. Brandts was reportedly able to get the queen bee in the cardboard box and many, though not all, of the other bees followed. CNN has not yet been able to confirm the capture of the winged invaders.
Shouldn't this have been posted in the Morning Buzz... HA
Holy mackerel....what a news story!
That's hilarious...the Secret Service issuing warnings for bees. I could imagine too..."Watch out! Get down!! Run!!!" LOL!!
Then I'll be like, "Haaaaa.." And before you know it, is bees that are jeopardizing my future instead. That is hilarious...
Sign from God?? Anyone?? lol.
OMG its God's retribution for America electing a progressive president!
The thinkgs the Republicans will do to attack President Obama!
I hope that Charles Brandts got hazardous pay for today's beekeeper duties.
"CNN has not yet been able to confirm the capture of the winged invaders."
Well, you ARE a 24/7 news outlet ... get on it!
Strange – possums, raccoons and now bees. Something is not right here.
uhh uhh, i bet you those republicans did it, they got a truckload of bees and dumped them near the white house! dick cheny, you are my first suspect.
The last sentence sounds like it's straight out of the Onion.
Haha...all the GOPers in Congress must've emptied their bonnets...
I guess the bees are also upset with Obama and his global warming taxes.
Hey, let's make some White House honey? I bet those bees made some YUMMMY Honey with all those roses on the grounds.
Took over a bush? I wonder which one? :D
Were these "killer bees" illegals from South America or home grown? Did Homeland Security upgrade the alert level, perhaps Lou Dobbs could do a full expose of this new threat.
The bees were just there to get a bailout, give them a break.
How do I become head carpenter and bee-keeper at the white house?
Are those bee Republicans? If they stung then had to be. If not, then are just the regular type.
There is a great movie about bees called, "Bee Movie". Watch it and you will see why they went to the White House. Have fun!
Probably Republican bee's....wouldn't put it passed em!
What is going on....Bees,Raccoons and Michael Steele
For Crying Out Loud!!! We have had a bee hive of Honeybees for over 2 yrs that came into our "TINY" backyard, uninvited. And yes, we are very welcomed in have them. Honeybees are rapidly disappearing at a very alarming speed. For anyone who does know the the value of the bee, pls do some research. We are active in our Fla. backyard. We only have native plants that we labored over a long time to plant. Then came the BEES! Of course, we are not idiots running thru the area they have called home (fallen bat house). They are very docile, as are we, when we need to trim bushes around them . Water is happily enjoyed which we supplied for them. I do not know if the White House bees were destroyed, but I truly hope they are now in the hands of a trusted beekeeper. No one should have to play around bees. Yes, they do sting to hurt. It's that my gut reaction was to save the bees from the White House. I bet Obama hated it if they died. It is quite apparent his
family in the White House are the only ones, in many years, that have a heart.
Really? This is news? Seriously?
Bees? They're really republicans in disguise buzzing around! Jk
I can't wait to see if there's any "a plague from God" comments :)