Once again hypervigilant, underactive, paranoid,, if not simply
stupid, police forces over-reacted to a backpack left on the White
House sidewalk by some awe struck elementary school visitor to
the "People's House."
Well, sure, arguably this backpack may have contained
a portable nuclear explosive
which might have spelt trouble.
On the other hand it might have only contained a
conventional explosive devise; in which case its positioning against
the retaining wall would have protected the White House from any
Thus, arguably, security-conscientious zealots may
have felt vindicated in sending in dozens of police officers and
special operations people, at considerable expense to US taxpayers,
in order to verify that the schoolchild's back was, indeed, a
Once again, the big scare was nothing more than some kid's misplaced lunch.