Saturday, November 28, 2009

Crashing the White House State Dinner


Wow. I haven't watched news in a few days and had no idea this had transpired. Imagine having the cajones to crash the first State dinner in Obama's White House?!

"...After the Secret Service insisted that President Barack Obama was never endangered by a security breach that allowed a couple to crash his first state dinner, the White House has released a photo showing that not only did the pair get close to Obama, they actually shook hands and talked to him.

As the White House was disclosing that the Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, met Obama in the receiving line, a "deeply concerned and embarrassed" Secret Service on Friday acknowledged that its officers never checked whether the two were on the guest list before letting them onto the White House grounds.

The White House released a photo showing the Salahis in the receiving line in the Blue Room with Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in whose honor the dinner was held. Obama and reality TV hopeful Michaele Salahi are smiling as she grasps his right hand with both of hers and her husband looks on. Singh is standing to Obama's left.

The Secret Service earlier this week had said the president was not in danger because the couple - like others at the dinner - had gone through magnetometers. But in light of their close proximity to the president, no such claim was made Friday..." (source)

It looks like there were more Representatives than Senators. Hillary and no Bill. Katie Couric, Thomas Friedman and CNN's Sanjay Gupta. Rahm's brother Ari Emmanuel was there (it's rumored Entourage's Ari is fashioned after the COS's brother). Colin Powell's endorsement secured him and his wife a seat. Interesting to see Pennsylvania's Fast Eddie (Ed Rendell) and M. Night Shyamalan. Wouldn't you love to know the reasoning behind some of the pics? (You can see the entire guest list here).

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