When Santa Claus came charging onto stage at Thursday's lighting of the National Christmas tree -- he was kept away from President Bush by a glass wall.
Was it bulletproof glass?
We're still waiting for a leak of the "naughty and nice list" which might shed more clues on the need to keep the President safe from Jolly Old St Nick.
The Secret Service apparently cleared Santa later on, and the President shared the stage with Santa. Though Mr Bush does look like Santa's a little too close for comfort this close to Christmas in the picture (above).
But Eartha Kitt, that's another story. (White House)