April 9th, 2009
07:36 PM ET
8 years ago

White House hit by swarm of bees

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(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.

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  1. Interesting Story

    Right before Passover and Obama's White House is attack by a plague of "locust". Okay Bees. Bugs are Bugs.

    April 9, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. black bees

    or honey bees?

    April 9, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Rama

    They are "Republicans" in disguise!

    April 9, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. worriedmom

    Is this a sign of things to come??? Now Obama and his administration have got the bees upset they were told to share their wealth!!!

    April 9, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. concerned coloradan

    First raccoons, now bees. Next it will be rabid republicans or pitbulls
    in lipstick!

    April 9, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. republican4Obama

    Thats a good sign...something sweet is about to happen.

    April 9, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. Reg

    How sweet it is too have a grown up in the White House!
    Even the bees know!

    April 9, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. bob in LA

    Proof- this First Family is just too swwet!

    April 9, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Jason L

    Even the Bee's dont like the new White House!

    April 9, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. Sammy

    I am surprised Al-Qaeda hasn't claimed responsibility for the honey bee attack, after how they tried to do so over the Binghamtom shootings...

    April 9, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  11. Joe the Troll

    Glad is wasn't locusts or the whackos would be out in force.

    April 9, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  12. That One Guy

    In some way the libs will blame Bush

    April 9, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Obviously Rush Limbaugh bees.

    April 9, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |

    This means dark days are ahead for the white house.

    April 9, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. S Callaha

    lol is this a precurser to disclosing something large with wings...lol

    Well , it certainly is good news to hear the bees are buzzing around...wasn't the word last year they were disappearing?

    April 9, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    First a raccoon then a possum now this?

    Why does nature hate Obama so?

    April 9, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. Don

    It's Rove's fault!!!

    April 9, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. Walt

    If one has a Rose Garden, why would one be surprised there are bees?

    April 9, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  19. Ed

    Is Michelle's beehive next to the veggie gardent causing these problems?!

    Hey, Michelle - dig up your own backyard in Chicago to plant veggies (for YOUR daughters) and install a beehive there!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    White House Grounds are a national monument - under the jurisdiction of the National Parks Service - they do NOT belong to YOU!

    April 9, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. Thomas Jensen

    So even the bees are drawn in by our President's sweet talk? Well at least it wasn't flies.

    April 9, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  21. Kitty

    Maybe the bees are after OBAMA – they must have drank the kool-aid!!! LOL-LOL.

    What did Michelle plant in that garden?????

    April 9, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  22. Alex

    This is a good omen.

    April 9, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  23. Woody in Vestal NY

    WOW ! Even the bees are angry !!

    April 9, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  24. Johnny

    Why do bees hate America? 😉

    April 9, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  25. swam of bees?

    the press corp? no they are too docile

    April 9, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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