WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Many kids bring notes to their teachers explaining why they missed school. Those notes may carry a little more weight when they're signed by President Obama himself.
5-year-old Alanah Pouillard attends kindergarten in Louisiana. Her mom serves in the military and was wounded in Afghanistan last year.
President Obama invited the Pouillard family to visit the White House as part of the Wounded Warrior Project.
Though Alanah had to miss some school, she wasn't going to miss a chance to meet the president.
"He was walking on the red carpet, he came out of a room..." Pouillard said.
"She went straight for him," said Alanah's mother, Stacy Pouillard. "I thought the Secret Service would stop her. No one approached her and she jumped into his arms, threw her arms around his neck and gave him a hug and a kiss and then they were maybe 50 feet away. I have no idea what they said."