Video: Party crashers’ entrance announced at WH state dinner; Update: Took photo with Obama

posted at 6:35 pm on November 27, 2009 by Allahpundit

The most surreal moment from a surreal incident. The breach isn’t quite as dire as it seems — Marc Ambinder notes that sensitive radiological and biological sensors are deployed around the perimeter of the White House to make sure nothing anthrax-y gets in — but it’s true that the only thing standing between an intruder with a makeshift weapon and the VIPs in attendance is the quick reaction of the Secret Service. In this case, that reaction would have needed to be awfully quick: Just within the past hour, the White House admitted that the couple came face to face with The One himself.

The couple’s lawyer insists that they were cleared to be there, but the Service says otherwise and reportedly showed up at their winery today to have a little chat with them. From NBC:

A Secret Service officer stationed at the first checkpoint at the White House state dinner last Tuesday did not verify the names of a couple allowed in even though they were not on the guest list, a senior law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday.

The officer saw that Tareq and Michaele Salahi were not on the list and, rather than verifying if they were legitimate guests, assumed they would be vetted at the next checkpoint and allowed them to pass, NBC learned.

The source also confirmed what two White House staff sources earlier told NBC News, that the Salahis were not “waved in” or had their names manually entered into the White House computer to gain entry.

An amazing lapse, but even more amazing when you consider that a Service checkpoint stationed outside the White House, where guests’ cars pulled up to the entrance, reportedly did notice that they weren’t on the list and turned them away. Apparently, they simply got out of the car and went around to a pedestrian entrance, where the fateful error occurred. As for how they ended up being announced at the dinner, follow that last link: It sounds like, once you’re inside, all you have to do is write your name on a card and hand it to the emcee. Voila. Instant video magic, my friends.

It’s been reported that the winery owes an unspecified amount in federal back taxes (just one of many unpaid debts, allegedly), which may offer a clue as to why the couple was so intent on having their pics taken with Rahm and Biden. Was it pleasure, or business?

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which oversees charitable operations in the commonwealth, issued a consumer warning earlier this year against the “Journey for a Cure Foundation,” of which the Salahis are listed as co-founders, the Fauquier-Times Democrat reported. The state regulatory and watchdog agency reportedly claimed that the foundation was soliciting money from Virginians for “allegedly charitable purposes,” but had failed to follow laws requiring groups soliciting money for charity to register and file necessary paperwork with the department.

The couple’s socialite friends also are starting to question the couple’s motives and actions…

Tareq even used photos of luminaries attending the Courage Cup to market his new America’s Cup [polo] event.

Salahi’s polo connections — and possible financial problems — also might hold the key to why the couple risked the wrath of the Secret Service to stroll brazenly in front of news cameras to rub elbows with nearly 300 hand-picked guests that included members of the Indian diplomatic corps and other special guests with connections to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Salahi’s polo club along with the Embassy of India is hosting a spring 2010 tournament in Virginia. U.S. Ambassador to India Meera Shankar is listed as a patron, according to the organization’s Web site.

Look on the bright side: For once, Geithner wasn’t the only guy inside the White House with a tax problem. Besides, this is going to inspire some sweet movies over the next few years. As a premise for the long-awaited sequel to “The Wedding Crashers,” it simply can’t be topped. Or what about an update of “Air Force One” in which well-dressed terrorists infiltrate a dinner being hosted in honor of the president of China and take everyone hostage, thereby necessitating some serious Die-Hard-esque ass-kicking by the U.S. and Chinese presidents? If you’re looking for another vehicle for Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan to co-star in, you’ve found it.

Update: Obama’s now ordered a full review of how the breach happened.

Update: Actually, I was wrong: This is the most surreal moment. Simply unbelievable. It’s time to clean house at the Secret Service.


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Our land is run by kiddies in an expansive kindergarten, which is out of control, and in which there are no grown ups to be found.

It’s beyond sad; it’s down right dangerous for us and the world.

Schadenfreude on November 28, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Were this not so dangerously serious it w/b hilariously funny as it couldn’t happen to a more snotty bunch, lead by a narcissistic Fool in Chief.

Schadenfreude on November 28, 2009 at 12:09 AM

Cover up.

the_nile on November 28, 2009 at 12:13 AM

Just think of the SNL possibilities with President Biden running things.

GarandFan on November 27, 2009 at 6:47 PM

M-1 Fan,

Did you see that old fool drooping and fawning all over the broad? I hope the drool didn’t ruin his tuxedo.

~H&R Owner

VoyskaPVO on November 28, 2009 at 12:17 AM

What if Palin did it……

the_nile on November 28, 2009 at 12:23 AM

How could they have had a clue that they would get past the first layer of security?

Any logical person would believe that they would spend at least a night being questioned by the SS (after their unsuccessful attempt)–not fun.

And, then your whole life would be investigated as the SS looked for the reason you tried to breach security–also not fun.

Something is not kosher–they must have had “intelligence” that they would be allowed in.

mockmook on November 28, 2009 at 12:29 AM

This is a world exclusive. It seems the Secret Service guy who let them in used to work at a popular local nightclub where he manned the rope line and decided who could get in. So upon checking his list and not finding the couple, he figured that Michaele was hot enough to get in anyway, provided Tareq slipped him a 20.

NNtrancer on November 28, 2009 at 12:39 AM

Ah, er, ah, like I said, ah, er, ah, like I’ve always said, ah it’s Bushes fault that I, ah, slipped while ah repairing your hernia and ah, cut your nuts off!

dhunter on November 27, 2009 at 10:21 PM

Actually if it was an inguinal hernia that does happen sometimes. Not directly but indirectly. If the surgeon hits a certain area it will cut off the blood supply to that area causing atrophy.

Sigmund on November 28, 2009 at 12:58 AM

[Comment deleted — Ed]

huckelberry on November 28, 2009 at 1:03 AM

Lucky there was no “Butt bomb”.

Greed on November 28, 2009 at 12:01 AM

They had chickpeas on the menu that day
No need for a cellphone too !!

macncheez on November 28, 2009 at 1:15 AM

…It’s time to clean house at the Secret Service.

No, no, no. You wanna spoil all the fun?

Where is your sense of humor AP?

Spank it, spank it good.

OkieDoc on November 28, 2009 at 1:22 AM

Dude like she could have been a Hapki-do Master and like snapped his neck and stuff.

Or Patin could have had her infected with H1N1

Or like . .

Seriously though, any number of real things could have happened.

- The Cat

MirCat on November 28, 2009 at 1:25 AM

Putin even. I actually accidentally typed Palin the first time, so it got better.

MirCat on November 28, 2009 at 1:27 AM

Putin even. I actually accidentally typed Palin the first time, so it got better.

MirCat on November 28, 2009 at 1:27 AM

Speaking of me, how is all that socialism going for you Americans? We Russians have wised up and are now going more capitalist.

PootyPoot on November 28, 2009 at 1:54 AM

PootyPoot on November 28, 2009 at 1:54 AM

F**k the Ruskies. I spent my grade school “Cold War” years huddled in the halls of my elementary school instead of feeling up my girlfriend.

You guys suck. If you’d have had any balls before Reagan, you’d have thrown off the yokes of oppression during Lenin.

Don’t lecture me, parasite.

OkieDoc on November 28, 2009 at 2:04 AM

The simple truth is, Legolas got in because he’s still the prettiest.

Kralizec on November 28, 2009 at 2:28 AM

PootyPoot on November 28, 2009 at 1:54 AM

How is all that infertility going for you Russians? I understand the Americans have wised up a bit and are having a few more children. A dead people, you know, don’t make very good capitalists.

Kralizec on November 28, 2009 at 2:32 AM

Dude like she could have been a Hapki-do Master and like snapped his neck and stuff.

MirCat on November 28, 2009 at 1:25 AM

I would have been torn between the terror and the hilarity of it.

Kralizec on November 28, 2009 at 2:40 AM

Luckily no knives were on the dinner tables which could have been used as an impromptu weapon to stab Obama through the eye and into his rather non-functional brain.

Oh, wait… they do use real knives at the dinners in the White House.

Maybe this could have been dangerous after all?

So, does the Secret Service hate Barry, or what?

profitsbeard on November 28, 2009 at 2:42 AM

This is just a diversion, more subterfuge to take attention away from the Obamunist regime.

nelsonknows on November 28, 2009 at 2:54 AM

profitsbeard on November 28, 2009 at 2:42 AM

If they’ve seen Existenz, they could have fashioned a weapon out of fish bones and their own loose teeth (I say with some exaggeration). More realistically, MirCat is spot on regarding the lethal damage a martial artist could have done.

Kralizec on November 28, 2009 at 2:56 AM

Hey Yah

OkieDoc on November 28, 2009 at 3:34 AM

I heard there were Union thugs there as well…how did they get in????

winston on November 28, 2009 at 6:22 AM

I heard there were Union thugs there as well…how did they get in????

winston on November 28, 2009 at 6:22 AM

Well obviously they didn’t do criminal background checks.

- The Cat

MirCat on November 28, 2009 at 8:40 AM

P.S. Obama’s security flounders (did I use that correctly and is that really a word?) should be of utmost concern for the right, because if something were to happen we’ll be the first that are blamed. This blog in particular.

MirCat on November 28, 2009 at 8:43 AM

When I was in grade school, my principal’s husband was a Secret Service agent. As little kids, we all had the vague notion that if we were rotten enough, she would get him to punish us somehow. As an indication of how kids think the world revolves around them, it seems pretty funny to me even now.

That said, I’d think twice about tweaking the Secret Service’s collective nose with a stunt such as this couple pulled off. I wouldn’t be surprised if the IRS suddenly gets an urge to audit the couple’s taxes.

KyMouse on November 28, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Of all the people to throw under the bus, and Team Obama has a crowded undercarriage, the secret service is one group in which I would defend tooth and nail if I were the White House.

I would find it difficult to criticize (in public) those whose sole job is to keep you and your family alive and jump in front of a bullet in order to do so.

You sort of have to keep those guys motivated and focused for obvious reasons.

tatersalad on November 28, 2009 at 9:14 AM

I don’t know if it’s been mentioned, but Secret Service works for the Secretary of Treasury who is himself a tax cheat plus if you clean out U.S.S.S., then shouldn’t the “boss” go too?

DavidAllen on November 28, 2009 at 9:24 AM

I’m not losing any more sleep over this than I do over knowing Obama has the “football”.

My guess – the Secret Service has been dressed down/made powerless so often over the last 9 months over “over-protecting” the President, this is simply SOP – if someone says they are supposed to be there, they can be there. Who would want to piss off a big donor or lobbyist? (See the visitor logs.) The Obama team has opened the WH up like a Broadway theatre – security is virtually impossible.

We should stop talking about it. They will use this to heighten the hysteria being fed by the left that eventually some angry, bitter, bible-toting, gun-slinging, white-sheet-wearing white guy is gonna’ shoot the place up. It’s his security team, he should deal with it in house. Of course, I’m interested to see who eventually gets fired and who gets hired to replace them. My husband says they’ll probably change the dress code – brown shirts not black suits. Probably will have an investigation that separates the Secret Service from Homeland Security – or reforms Homeland Security. Stop talking about it.

The Obama campaign/admin created this cult of celebrity and they know full well this is the result – crazy people who will do anything. Reap-sow.

The ones who should be up in arms over this are the Indians. See how close they are to the PM and his wife? That is some serious security breach.

gopmom on November 28, 2009 at 9:27 AM

I wonder if Holder will come down harder on these people than he did on KSM

Jed_Eckert on November 28, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Wait a second, if this woman was in the running for this Real HW of DC show and there was a camera crew following her – then she had to know she was getting in. Because otherwise there would have been. Log of explaining to do to the show’s producers.

Jed_Eckert on November 28, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Secret Service guy/gal on duty:

“Tareq and Michaele Salahi? You’re not on the list.”

Thinks to self: Tareq and Michaele Salahi? Sounds Islamic. If I turn them away, I’ll be in deep doo-doo just like those SEALS.

Says to Tareq and Michaele Salahi: “It’ll be cleared up at the next checkpoint. Enjoy the evening.”

patch on November 28, 2009 at 10:01 AM

These guests were clearly not properly vetted as someone forgot to check whether they had donated $250,000 or more to the BO election fund. There is the real breach.

GnuBreed on November 27, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Maybe that is the reason they got waved through – instead of the invite list being checked the donor list was. Correct ethnic status + proper Party registration + Obama donor = entree to soiree.

katiejane on November 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Dude like she could have been a Hapki-do Master and like snapped his neck and stuff.

MirCat on November 28, 2009 at 1:25 AM

I would have been torn between the terror and the hilarity of it.

Kralizec on November 28, 2009 at 2:40 AM

Hilarity? Jesus needs to send a tornado to your trailer park asap.

simplesimon on November 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I agree with patch. It was political correctness. And it will get (more) people killed just like at Fort Hood.

Tareq Salahi was a board member of a Palestinian support group, BTW.

Coolest Arab

PattyJ on November 28, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Anybody else see In the Line of Fire? John Malkovich is an assassin who creates an elaborate cover identity to get into a black-tie even, and tries to kill the president with a homemade gun he smuggled in piecemeal.

Jim Treacher on November 28, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Or a black-tie event, I forget which.

Jim Treacher on November 28, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Actually if it was an inguinal hernia that does happen sometimes. Not directly but indirectly. If the surgeon hits a certain area it will cut off the blood supply to that area causing atrophy.

Sigmund on November 28, 2009 at 12:58 AM

Oh, well thanks for that, even though I’m feelin great and my non-union doctor did a great job, I could still lose my family jewels and become Miss Lindsay Gramnasty?
Dang! I knew I picked the wrong decade a decade ago to stop drinkin!

dhunter on November 28, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Anybody else see In the Line of Fire? John Malkovich is an assassin who creates an elaborate cover identity to get into a black-tie even, and tries to kill the president with a homemade gun he smuggled in piecemeal.

Jim Treacher on November 28, 2009 at 11:12 AM

I did. Good movie if I recall. Eastwood VS Intelligent Psychopath = Crazy Kewl

- The Cat

MirCat on November 28, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Just saw a pic on FOX of the blonde, the Pinnochio and the Indian prime Minister!
Now I get it! Pinnochio just wanted the photo opp showing the worlds tin pot dictators and Religious fanatics that he’s down with that and like totally on their side!
-Iranian freedom fighters – screw em!
-South American citizens throwing out a thug tryin to become Presidente for life – Screw em!
-Jewish citizens tryin to protect themselves from virtually everyone of their neighbors -Screw Em!
- Poland, Britian, France, and the NATO alliance – SCREW EM!

This was just a photo opp for Pinnochio like Scare Force One and the arrival of soldiers caskets!

PUNKS!

dhunter on November 28, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Im so glad the adults are in charge.

angryed on November 28, 2009 at 2:57 PM

The good news is that Balloon Boy tried to drop in but the Secret Service stopped him.

Labamigo on November 28, 2009 at 3:41 PM

What could be more traumatic than the first black POTUS being assassinated at a public gathering inside the very White House? The Prime Minister of bleedin’ India being assassinated at a public gathering in his honour inside the very White House. India: 1,200,000,000 people, rising economic power, nuclear weapons, ethnic and religious tensions, touchy about assassinated premiers. If someone takes a shot at the Indian PM, Obama should throw himself in front of the bullet – especially if Singh happens to be his guest inside the White House at the time. And of course, if either leader had been hurt by the Salahis, how would you ever persuade people that letting them in had been an honest mistake?

anonymous irishman on November 28, 2009 at 6:55 PM

We all can talk, talk, talk talk our way around all the angles.

But the fact remains that what just happened was a de facto dry run for an assassination of the president.

This had better get fixed pronto, with no PC dithering.

cane_loader on November 28, 2009 at 8:37 PM

“Party Crashers” had five-year relationship with Obama before state dinner – (pics):
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/17310

Annie on November 28, 2009 at 10:37 PM

I could NOT care less.

nelsonknows on November 29, 2009 at 3:28 AM

Hmmmm.

It appears that Jim Hoft over at Gateway Pundit is starting to put the Lego blocks together.

Let’s see: a former member of the ATFP, whose VP was Rashid Khalidi.

Double Hmmmm. That name sounds familiar.

Well fancy that.

Well gosh now, Obaka’s Israel policy positions are making more sense now, aren’t they?

And only two degrees of separation, or would that be ‘linkage’?

CPT. Charles on November 29, 2009 at 8:56 AM

My theory: they were invited, then someone got wind of it in the SS and scrubbed their names from the invitee list due to their connections. If true, it will be interesting to hear the scrubber’s story.

Akzed on November 29, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Now we’re learning these party crashers had their photo taken with Obama in 2005 at some polo match when he was just a senator.

Is it just me, or is it somehow starting to seem like the Obama’s were probably in on this thing from the get-go? I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn they had made arrangements with the Bravo Network to let this thing happen.

Special K on November 29, 2009 at 12:08 PM

With all the socialist utopian shuck-’n-jive we’ve heard from this smooth-talkin’ Kenyan marxist, it comes as NO surprise that National Security is pretty low on his “world popularity” radar.

What a pathetic joke.

This incident really speaks volumes as to how seriously this doofus joke and his goofball handlers take the solemnity of the office.

GAWD … those ignorant so-called “american” voters are so frickin’ stupid for having elected this immature, juvenile marxist to the highest office in the land.

WE’RE DOOMED!!!

bannedbyhuffpo on November 29, 2009 at 10:40 PM

I just wanted to post something on this … I used to work at the White House (last six months of Bush 41 and first three years of Clinton).

First … let’s not prosecute this couple unless they’ve done something egregious – but “conning” the White House Staff is not “egregious” imo.

Yes … the ARE attention whores. No … they aren’t nice people. No … I wouldn’t invite them to my house nor would I hold them up as an example to my kids.

That said … they were (apparently) harmless.

And … they managed to expose a MAJOR White House security problem.

Having served at the White House – I know how these things work – and, trust me – this incident will be analyzed under a microscope. The result will be revised security procedures that will result in a more secure White House, and a more secure President.

Complacency … in many cases can only be resolved with a “wake up call”. The Kennedy assasination was a “wake up call”. The assasination attempt on Reaga was a “wake up call”. Secret Service learned a lot from those incidents – and was able to revise it’s SOP to make future Presidents safer BUT – let’s not forget here that JFK and Regan paid a personal price for these “wake up calls”.

This couple rang a “wake up bell” that no one had to pay a price for. Sure – someone’s going to be fired – and they should be. But no one is hurt – and no one apparently was in danger from these two little attention whores.

This is an invaluable lesson – and one the Secret Service WILL learn.

And it was virtually free.

HondaV65 on November 30, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Newsweak is claiming that this is all the fault of Desiree Rogers, wife of Obama crony and frequent White House visitor John Rogers, chief executive of multi-billion-dollar Ariel Capital Management.

I what could only be described as “shades of TravelGate,” non-political staff was booted in favour of a Michelle BFF for White House social secretary.

But don’t get me worng, the new White House social secretary, Desiree Rogers, isn’t completely stupid ..

“We don’t feel we have a need for that anymore.” Rogers’s explanation, according to Hargraves: “In these economic times, I don’t think we’re going to have very many lavish expensive dinners. It wouldn’t look very good.

Rogers got that right.

J_Crater on November 30, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Some major fumigating of our beautiful White House will be needed after this bunch vacates – hopefully sooner rather than later.

mozalf on November 30, 2009 at 11:00 AM

No invitation and no place to sit. Bummer. Just walk in and say “Hi”. Thank goodness for an existing relationship! Just more fertilizer from screw-up central.

LarryG on November 30, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Not a week goes by without a huge faux pas in this ‘president’s’ life. He is a tragic comedy errors, a one man show of ineptitude. What will SNL do when the comedy aspect wears off?

leftnomore on November 30, 2009 at 2:32 PM

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