April 15th, 2009
08:23 PM ET
5 years ago

A box of tea forces White House into lockdown

 Uniformed members of the Secret Service are seen outside the White House after a suspicious package was tossed over the fence onto the White House grounds.
Uniformed members of the Secret Service are seen outside the White House after a suspicious package was tossed over the fence onto the White House grounds.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secret Service officers were scurrying to close the North Lawn of the White House Wednesday afternoon because of a suspicious package and it appeared that trouble was brewing.

But it turned out that nothing more was brewing than an innocent little box of, yes, tea bags.

The security alert started around 2 p.m. ET, when an unidentified person tossed the box over the gate of the White House and it landed on President Obama's lawn with a thud.

Journalists were quickly banned from moving outside of the press briefing room, and hundreds of protesters gathered for a "Tax Day Tea Party" were quickly shooed out of Lafayette Park as a security robot inspected the package closely.
After about a half hour of high alert, a Secret Service official told CNN the "suspicious package" was merely some tea bags. So the threat was over, and so was the anti-Obama protest.

Updated: 5:05 p.m.


Filed under: Tea Party movement • White House
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. SLM

    As an average middle income American citizen I am fed up with all the taxes we pay and how the government wastes our hard earned dollars. Don't any of you think that Government taking 60% of Average Americans paychecks in the forms of taxes and fees is enough?? We are Not just talking about Income taxes, it's all the taxes and Fees we are charged. Don't take my word for it, add it up and you will see it is 60%. Our sales tax is 9.25% how much higher should that go. Our DMV fees just doubled, Property taxes are outrageous, Gas taxes, taxes on your phone bill, electric bill, state income tax, federal income tax, Fica tax, SDI tax, Inheritance tax, tax you on any interest you earn, the list goes on and on. Where does it end?

    April 15, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. Sal C

    It seems to me that both parties have had the responsibility for screwing up this country...not one or the other. Neither party cares about you or this country. They stink equally. It also seems to me that now is the time for people to say to both parties "Enough!". I say to you: Be very careful who you vote for.

    April 15, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. Alan

    I can predict with certainty, what these protesters will accomplish. Can you say "Nada," or "Zip," or "Big Zero?" The mentality of those involved in the protests was displayed today when one of them threw a package of tea bags over the White House fence. I also heard that someone mailed a package of tea bags to Obama.

    I can also predict what will happen to that package. The Secret Service will intercept it and destroy it. Do you actually thing a package mailed to the White House would get to Obama? It's much too dangerous. Obama will never see it.

    April 15, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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