How does a two-year-old make news for falling over? When it’s at the White House.

December 4, 2013

Toddlers have notoriously terrible balance — so how does one make news for falling over? When it’s at the White House during the Christmas decoration unveiling,  of course. Two-year-old Ashtyn Gardner of Mobile, Ala., became an instant Twitter sensation when cameras captured the her falling down (or maybe knocked down) when approached by Sunny, the first family’s newest puppy. The first lady leaped into action, reports our colleague Jura Koncius, checking to make sure the little girl was okay. Ashtyn was fine; Sunny licked her face. Move on, people – nothing to see here.

 


Ashtyn Gardner, 2, from Mobile, Ala., looks at Sunny. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Ashtyn gets her foot caught in another child’s walker and begins her descent. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Ashtyn continues to tumble. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Michelle Obama reins in Sunny as Ashtyn falls to the floor. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Event attendees watch as Ashtyn continues to fall. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Ashtyn Gardner and Sunny make up, with some help from the first lady. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

More Reliable Source: Nigella Lawson; Billy Joel; Christian Slater; Joe Jonas; Marjorie Merriweather Post; Lee Daniels; Bob Dylan; Norway’s Christmas tree; Matthew Morrison; Tom Daley; Barbara Walters

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