(RNN) WASHINGTON, DC - Five-year-old Alannah Poullard told President Barack Obama she needed an excuse for missing kindergarten while she visited the White House with her father and mother, a veteran of the Afghanistan conflict who was being honored for her service along with a group of other Wounded Warriors.
The president obliged, and White House photographer Pete Souza snapped the moment and tweeted the photo, which has gone viral.
Alannah's father, Stacy Poullard, said his daughter made him a little nervous when she ran up to the president and hugged him the minute he walked into the room. She slipped, she said, then got back up and kept running.
"She went straight for him," Stacy Poullard said. "Then I thought the Secret Service would stop her. No one approached her. And she jumped into his arms, threw her arms around his neck, he gave her a hug an a kiss."
Alannah said she asked the president to write her an excuse letter, and before giving her the note, he gave her some advice.
"He said, 'Don't give it to your teacher, just show it to your teacher,'" Alannah said.
The family was invited to the White House from Louisiana as part of the Wounded Warrior Project. Her mother, Maj. Yolanda Poullard, is still in Washington, DC, recovering from injuries she sustained in Afghanistan last year.
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