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    Reliable Source: Tareq and Michaele Salahi crash Obamas' state dinner for India

    I would like to say this is just funny as it could be, but what if these had been terrorists and had done injury some of the invited guests? That would have been bad, or worse they might have been assassins and hurt the Prime Minister of India. That could have set back relations for at least a month.
    Sad day for the S.S.


    By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Thursday, November 26, 2009

    A couple of aspiring reality-TV stars from Northern Virginia appear to have crashed the White House's state dinner Tuesday night, penetrating layers of security with no invitation to mingle with the likes of Vice President Biden and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

    Tareq and Michaele Salahi -- polo-playing socialites known for a bitter family feud over a Fauquier County winery and their possible roles in the forthcoming "The Real Housewives of Washington" -- were seen arriving at the White House and later posted on Facebook photos of themselves with VIPs at the elite gathering.

    "Honored to be at the White House for the state dinner in honor of India with President Obama and our First Lady!" one of them wrote on their joint Facebook page at 9:08 p.m.

    But a White House official said the couple were not invited to the dinner, not included on the official guest list and never seated at a table in the South Lawn tent.

    A woman describing herself as a publicist for the Salahis denied that they were interlopers. Pressed for details, Mahogany Jones sent a statement saying simply: "The Salahis were honored to be a part of such a prestigious event. . . . They both had a wonderful time."

    While the White House offered no official explanation, it appears to be the first time in modern history that anyone has crashed a White House state dinner. The uninvited guests were in the same room as President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, although it is unknown whether they met the Obamas and the guest of honor.

    "Everyone who enters the White House grounds goes through magnetometers and several other levels of screenings," said Ed Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service. "That was the case with
    the state dinner last night. No one was under any risk or threat."

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    Re: Off the list, but somehow on the South Lawn

    SOoooooo glad we have the Patriot Act to allow the Government to protect us, when the Government cannot even protect it's most important figure.

    First I thought it was a simulation to test the security, but now that it's known figures I am just thinking our Presidential security needs to be sacked.
    "I do not underestimate the ability of fanatical groups of terrorists to kill and destroy, but they do not threaten the life of the nation. Whether we would survive Hitler hung in the balance, but there is no doubt that we shall survive al-Qa'ida." -- Lord Hoffmann

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    Re: Off the list, but somehow on the South Lawn

    One wonders if Obama feels safer.

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    Im not singling out Obama here, all administrations are guilty.


    Why were these people here again? Why do we allow the white house to have social parties on the American tax dollar?

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    At least they found out fast that happened.. unlike under the last president where a prostitute under a false name supposedly working as a journalist got daily access to the White House for a very long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    Im not singling out Obama here, all administrations are guilty.


    Why were these people here again? Why do we allow the white house to have social parties on the American tax dollar?
    Well your wrong on that every Administration in the past has always had someone from the Social Office at the Door to make sure things like this never happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    At least they found out fast that happened.. unlike under the last president where a prostitute under a false name supposedly working as a journalist got daily access to the White House for a very long time.
    Well if your talking about Jim Gucket then your off base as usual. Getting a White House Press Pass and a Invite to a State Dinner are Apple and Orange's. But since your the expert on all thing USA you should know that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    Well if your talking about Jim Gucket then your off base as usual. Getting a White House Press Pass and a Invite to a State Dinner are Apple and Orange's. But since your the expert on all thing USA you should know that
    So you are saying that there is no similarity in the total breakdown in security in both cases?

    In one case a non-journalist under an assumed name got daily press passes to the White House for 2 years.

    In the other case 2 people got access due to an "issue" at one security check point to an official event.

    Yea nothing similar there.. one after all went on for 2 years where as the one the other night was one night only...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    So you are saying that there is no similarity in the total breakdown in security in both cases?

    In one case a non-journalist under an assumed name got daily press passes to the White House for 2 years.

    In the other case 2 people got access due to an "issue" at one security check point to an official event.

    Yea nothing similar there.. one after all went on for 2 years where as the one the other night was one night only...
    Yes their is a big difference and you Mr.USA expert should know the difference.

    The SS doesn't do deep background checks on the Press and since this person had Press Creds. the background check was the same that SS use for all Media.

    As I stated the Party Crasher wouldn't never got in if it was any other Adm. see all of the past Adm have always had someone from the Social Events Staff at the Door. Nope not this Adm. and see what happens.

    But then again Peter your the USA expert so you tell me how this is the same. I'll be waiting

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    Re: Off the list, but somehow on the South Lawn

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    Yes their is a big difference and you Mr.USA expert should know the difference.

    The SS doesn't do deep background checks on the Press and since this person had Press Creds. the background check was the same that SS use for all Media.

    As I stated the Party Crasher wouldn't never got in if it was any other Adm. see all of the past Adm have always had someone from the Social Events Staff at the Door. Nope not this Adm. and see what happens.

    But then again Peter your the USA expert so you tell me how this is the same. I'll be waiting
    And there is no freaking difference. In both situations the SS ****ed up and/or has idiotic procedures. You do know that assassins and terrorists have posed as journalists right? Letting a non journalist get a daily pass for 2 years on a false name is a mega breach of security on any planet but planet "right wing" it seems

    It does not matter if the sitting President is a Democrat or Republican, any American should be up in arms over that anyone could get access to the US President on false pretences. As the Clint said in Heartbreak Ridge... it was a cluster****.
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