Skip to comments.Handshake that rattled US Secret Service
Posted on 11/28/2009 1:02:58 PM PST by Schnucki
WASHINGTON: This time, the picture is the story. After the Secret Service insisted that US 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.
The revelation underscored the seriousness of the security breach and prompted an abject apology from the Secret Service.
A White House spokesman said that the couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi of Virginia, met and shook hands with the president and the first lady in the receiving line in the Blue Room, as the Obamas greeted each of their 400 invited guests on Tuesday night before moving to a tent on the South Lawn for dinner. That disclosure coincided with a statement from the director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, saying that his agency was deeply concerned and embarrassed by the events. Secret Service officials said the agency wanted to interview everyone connected with the episode, including the Salahis, and had not ruled out criminal charges.
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 Salahis were not on the guest list and should have been barred from entering last Tuesdays dinner on the White House South Lawn for the Prime Minister of India, said Sullivan.
Although these individuals went through magnetometers and other levels of screening, they should have been prohibited from entering the event entirely, Sullivan said. That failing is ours.
Why buy ceramic, when a utensil or a broken glass would do? I watched a “former SS agent” on Fox news, explain that it was embarrassing, but there was no danger....BS, plenty of danger, and they had better fix it. The very worst thing that could happen is if our President is assassinated while in office. Everything I hate him for, would then be encoded in stone for all eternity.
and pick the video Reality show wannabe’s crash wh state dinner it’s at the .30 - .35 sec point
I remember a Quincy episode where a rare snake vemom was transferred to a victim using DSMO mixed with the venom . Right through the skin into the bloodstream .
I say give the Secret Service the funding and training they need to do their jobs right.... I bet congress lowered the funding for them.... and the Secret Service agents who do their jobs well should all get a pay rise.
Good points. Sounds to me like they’re under a whole lot of stress. Too many things going wrong and these are just what we’ve heard about.
That’s why it’s always good to seek legal counsel.
"causing embarrassment to members of the Lordly class"
This was different to the Balloon family who interfered with the operations of police, state emergency workers, FAA.
The gatecrashers interfered with nobody, and harmed noone (possible exception being those people injured next day when they struck their forehead "Do'h!")
Best kind of hoax: Alan Abel or Horace de Vere Cole would be proud.
Obama's people aren't that stupid...
This kind of stuff is what the media lives for, which is more than unsettling. Is Obama of more value to them alive, or... ? I am reminded of the Pali propaganda machine that will happily use Pali children as martyers for the cameras. After all, it's been 46 years since JFK, and Dallas really has been milked for all it's worth. An Obama tragedy would breathe new life into the dying MSM, so their loyalties are obviously divided. Not to mention that every public school child would be force-fed all Obama all the time. As bad as it is now, they would know nothing else except how to worship the martyred usurper. ~ shudder ~
Relax...it’s not like their name is von Stauffenberg and they tried to carry a briefcase into the Obamabunker.../s
I’m with you, Muggs. I smell a big fat rat. These two social climbers had help getting in, probably from WH staffers. Still haven’t figured out the end game, though. Is it merely to distract us from the real goings-on in the world? Iran has just given us the finger for about the 5th time since Obama took office and the IAEA has thrown up its hands. After three motorcade accidents and this incident (which the press and everyone else is making WAY too much of - the most violent these people could become is angrily sending back an order of overcooked swordfish at Morton’s), perhaps Obama will declare his lack of confidence in the SS and give the job to someone else - ACORN?
I'm not an Obama fan - but Obama's President of the United States and the SS needs to protect him - and his family and his guests. This is an outrage.
If you don't believe it, what do you think happened?
I smell a big fat rat too.
This was a shot across the bow to Obama from the CIA or whatever shadow group runs this country.
Now that I’m on my laptop instead of my phone, here’s the link:
Don’t Talk to Cops, Part 1
Is that an Indian name? Or meant to sound like one? Maybe the target wasn't Obama...
sounds like a sex act
If you were a head of state would you chance attending a dinner where security is this weak.
He’s Palestinian00on the American Task Force for Palestine.
Frustrating isn’t it?...kinda like being in a bad dream where you want to scream, but you try and try and try, only to have nothing come out...
“They broke into the White House “
No, they waited in line and asked for admittance.
“and lied to federal agents “
How? And why is lying to a federal agent against the law? other than under oath of course.
“they could have killed everyone”
They were searched for weapons but ‘could haves’ are not and should never be against the law.
“but Obama’s President of the United States and the SS needs to protect him”
Yes they do. The failure of the SS is not the responsibility of these two people.
I just thought of another charge: defiant trespass.
For her: wearing a dress that is uglier than Michelle’s.
For him: shaking hands under the influence of Dom Perignon.
I have heard that this is close to what has been done.
I think that is exactly what this is about. Laying the groundwork for a new Praetorian Guard (like SEIU / ACORN agents with badges and guns).
What did you hear??
You still haven’t answered the question, why is lying to a ‘federal agent’ a crime?
The reason it doesn't make sense is because someone let them in to embarrass the secret service in the first place, and to give these two anti-semetic, pro-Palestinian zeros fame. Just guessing, but it sounds exactly like something slippers Emanual or the zero himself would do. Strange how this story just won't go away.
That he replaced existing agents with ones that he was more comfortable with.
When one starts picking and choosing based on preference rather than competence the overall quality suffers.
I think she looks pretty good for 62.
Maybe Ubama "reorganized" the Secret Service and brought in his own homies from Chicago, courtesy of Louis Farrakhan?
This is Obama’s vision of the future of the Secret Service:
I should have mentioned, that it would fit with Obama’s level of professionalism.
Is anybody sure that the couple really hadn’t been checked and they aren’t being thrown under the bus, along with the SS? It wasn’t above the Clintons to treat the hired help as trash.
Bunch of fatass idiot failures.
See Kristinn’s report on the real responsible person...
That person is the one who should be thrown out of the Obama White House for this egregious security breach.
The Secret Service are taking responsibility for it - but this lady did not follow usual practices for her position and this was the result. She ought to be fired, but I won’t hold my breath.
They are young, we hope they won’t be failures. But that type of brainwashing certainly won’t help their chances.
Unless they can get a million miles away from this militant black supremest B.S. they don’t stand a chance.
What do you think the odds are of this?
That is scary, but altogether possible under the Obama regime.
Looks like all points are mute - Obama’s known the woman since at least 2005. Another post has a picture of the two of them together.
Yeah I just saw that on Fox. They also had two lawyers arguing over possible charges.
Theres more to this story.
I don’t know, but this just seems unbelievalbe to me. After all, it’s the job of the SS to protect the pres so why on earth would they allow just anyone in? And then why would the WH post photos of the meeting on their website? When did the WH crew know these guys were gate-crashers, how did they find out, and why didn’t they just keep it under wraps instead of broadcasting how easy it is to violate security? It sounds to me like a set-up for the SS. But maybe that’s just me being very, very skeptical about everything this administration does.
I kinda figured it was an Obama team cockup... looked up the SS Director after it happened, given his background he didn’t seem the type to make such a stupid mistake.
They should have the SS where they were at Treasury and not pu them under HS.
Actually she may have been doing her job. I read last night that the Salahi's have know Obama for five years. Maybe this whole scandle was designed to take the heat off the GW scam. Interesting that we only find out about the Slahi's connection to Obama on Saturday night.
I can’t believe the Indian security folks were too pleased by this...
I doubt he is.
Well - read about that connection this morning.
So, you could be right, Diversion.
Could well be.