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Handshake that rattled US Secret Service
Times of India ^ | November 29, 2009

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 Tuesday’s 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.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: obama; salahi; secretservice; tareqsalahi
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1 posted on 11/28/2009 1:02:58 PM PST by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

What, a handshake is “endangering?” Not if they used Purell.


2 posted on 11/28/2009 1:06:25 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (whitey's over it.)
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To: Schnucki

What if she had some ricin on her


3 posted on 11/28/2009 1:07:20 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: Schnucki

I wouldn’t want to be the director of the Secret Service right now. He might want to be dusting off his resume.


4 posted on 11/28/2009 1:07:22 PM PST by Shannon
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To: Schnucki
Looks like the Secret Service needs to be fired and SEIU Union thugs brought in to protect him. I bet these whiteys would not have gotten by them.
5 posted on 11/28/2009 1:08:34 PM PST by fish hawk (It's sad that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov)
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To: Schnucki

6 posted on 11/28/2009 1:08:48 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Shannon

I wouldn’t want to be the director of the Secret Service right now. He might want to be dusting off his resume. Or his copy of Obama COLB


7 posted on 11/28/2009 1:09:11 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: al baby

Joe Biden would be POTUS and Obwahahama a martyr. And we’d REALLY be in deep doo-doo.


8 posted on 11/28/2009 1:09:43 PM PST by REDWOOD99
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To: the invisib1e hand

Evidently you didn’t see Bat Man with Jack Nicholson


9 posted on 11/28/2009 1:09:48 PM PST by fish hawk (It's sad that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov)
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To: Schnucki
" Michaele and Tareq Salahi of Virginia,

Nothing more that deadbeat con artist, god I just don't know how many SS people should be fired.

10 posted on 11/28/2009 1:10:04 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Schnucki
Meanwhile, this is the handshake that shook the rest of America....


11 posted on 11/28/2009 1:11:00 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Schnucki

Incompetence oozes from the top.


12 posted on 11/28/2009 1:11:08 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Schnucki
Remember! One can still kill someone with their bare hands in seconds if they're highly trained in such manuevers.

This is a severe breach in security for a sitting President. The Secret Service should be ashamed of themselves.

13 posted on 11/28/2009 1:11:24 PM PST by winstonwolf33
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To: Texas Eagle

The President seems to be enjoying whatever is being done to his thumb.


14 posted on 11/28/2009 1:12:53 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (whitey's over it.)
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To: winstonwolf33

they both look like they subsist on a diet of watery oatmeal.


15 posted on 11/28/2009 1:13:51 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (whitey's over it.)
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To: Schnucki

Can anyone shed light on how it was discovered that these people crashed the party? I missed that part of the story.


16 posted on 11/28/2009 1:15:15 PM PST by KJC1
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To: TexasCajun

Rattled me too. I knew he was a wuss, but, seeing this limp-wristed form close up scares me.


17 posted on 11/28/2009 1:17:41 PM PST by John W (The more predictable we are, the more vulnerable we are.)
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To: Texas Eagle

Is that a soldier of allah handshake?


18 posted on 11/28/2009 1:18:24 PM PST by winodog
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To: the invisib1e hand

Agreed. His smile seems a little weird...odd...queer.


19 posted on 11/28/2009 1:18:42 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: KJC1
Can anyone shed light on how it was discovered that these people crashed the party? I missed that part of the story.

From what I've heard she posted pictures on Facebook and some how it was discovered by the press....I know, doesn't make sense but that's the story I heard.

20 posted on 11/28/2009 1:20:05 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Oath keepers + The NRA = FReeRepublic (.com baby))
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To: Schnucki

Didn’t they rid their selves of some top notch SS men? IF that is the case...is this the results?


21 posted on 11/28/2009 1:20:58 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Schnucki

People is the White House Social Secretary’s Office and people in the Secret Service need to be fired.


22 posted on 11/28/2009 1:21:12 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Schnucki

And here I thought Obama was untouchable. I said to friends at my breakfast club the other day, before this happened: “Obama has more rings of security around him than Stalin had.”

Boy, was I ever wrong.

He is vulnerable, just like his idols Abe Lincoln and JFK.


23 posted on 11/28/2009 1:21:57 PM PST by Palladin (Holder and Obama terrorize New Yorkers.)
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To: Schnucki

Have they figured out what this couple were doing at the White House? Did they have malevolent intentions or were they just trying to get a free dinner? Or did they do it just to see if they could?


24 posted on 11/28/2009 1:22:47 PM PST by Drew68
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To: Las Vegas Ron

The couple proudly posted photos of themselves with Biden, Obama, Katy Couric, and even Rahm Emanuel.


25 posted on 11/28/2009 1:23:13 PM PST by Palladin (Holder and Obama terrorize New Yorkers.)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Thank you. That’s what I’d heard too, and it really doesn’t make sense. What possessed someone to think, “Hmm, those people may not have been on the invite list...” They seemed to fit right in.


26 posted on 11/28/2009 1:23:20 PM PST by KJC1
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To: Drew68

Trying to get a gig on BRAVO’s “Real Housewives of DC”.


27 posted on 11/28/2009 1:23:55 PM PST by Palladin (Holder and Obama terrorize New Yorkers.)
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To: Texas Eagle
The picture says it all:


28 posted on 11/28/2009 1:27:51 PM PST by Palladin (Holder and Obama terrorize New Yorkers.)
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To: al baby

Did I hear/read that the Secret Service were folded into the Dept of Homeland Security? If so big mistake.


29 posted on 11/28/2009 1:28:03 PM PST by relictele
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This kind of reminds me of when the German guy flew his plane into Moscow’s Red Square.


30 posted on 11/28/2009 1:28:24 PM PST by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

My guess is tht der Fuehrer directed the SS to not “inconvenience” his guests (read big contributers). That and the best SS agents have probably been moved on, leaving a second string.


31 posted on 11/28/2009 1:28:37 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Palladin
Trying to get a gig on BRAVO’s “Real Housewives of DC”.

Serious or sarcasm? It's hard to tell. Seems everyone's trying to score reality TV stardom these days.

32 posted on 11/28/2009 1:29:13 PM PST by Drew68
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To: fish hawk

Good point, this just proves that the SS (Secret Service) is a racist organization. This would never happen with a white president.


33 posted on 11/28/2009 1:29:29 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Palladin

34 posted on 11/28/2009 1:31:03 PM PST by Palladin (Holder and Obama terrorize New Yorkers.)
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To: Drew68

No, honestly, it’s true. Trying to snatch their 15 minutes of fame, like the Balloon Boy jerks.

They’ll end up in jail, too.


35 posted on 11/28/2009 1:32:26 PM PST by Palladin (Holder and Obama terrorize New Yorkers.)
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To: Drew68

NY Daily News:

An internal investigation is underway, and government sources told The News that employees might be fired.

The Salahis - who are vying for a spot on the Bravo show “Real Housewives of Washington, D.C.” - could be arrested. Among the possible charges is a felony count of lying to a federal agent, a Secret Service source said.

After being ushered into the dinner, the Salahis got up close and personal with Vice President Biden and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

The spotlight-loving spouses posted party snaps on Facebook, showing them cozying up to CBS anchor Katie Couric and Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty.

“The White House Marines welcome Michaele to the State Dinner,” read the caption on a photo of the blond ex-cheerleader posing with three smiling leathernecks


36 posted on 11/28/2009 1:34:07 PM PST by Palladin (Holder and Obama terrorize New Yorkers.)
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To: Palladin

In jail for what?


37 posted on 11/28/2009 1:35:15 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Palladin

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/11/27/2009-11-27_photo_shows_tareq_and_michaele_salahi_getting_face_time_with_president_obama.html


38 posted on 11/28/2009 1:35:15 PM PST by Palladin (Holder and Obama terrorize New Yorkers.)
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To: driftdiver

Lying to Federal agents.

Martha Stewart went to jail for 5 months for this offense.


39 posted on 11/28/2009 1:36:08 PM PST by Palladin (Holder and Obama terrorize New Yorkers.)
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To: Palladin

Yep, I saw those. Looked like they’d all been friends for years.


40 posted on 11/28/2009 1:37:02 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Oath keepers + The NRA = FReeRepublic (.com baby))
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To: Palladin

How did they lie? If they did was it under oath?

IMO the lying to federal agents is bogus. Congress and the Prez lie to us all the time.


41 posted on 11/28/2009 1:39:03 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Schnucki

So - the Secret Service, charged with protecting the president, doesn’t even check the guest list before allowing people in to a state dinner? That makes no sense and I don’t believe it.


42 posted on 11/28/2009 1:41:06 PM PST by ElayneJ
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To: Schnucki

I’m guessing a ceramic blade could have been slipped past the magnetometer. That close to POTUS, and it would have been all over if they wanted to. Not good at all.


43 posted on 11/28/2009 1:49:25 PM PST by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: the invisib1e hand
What, a handshake is “endangering?”

Listening to Mugabe er,er, Obama makes my skin crawl. Can you imagine if I actually touched him? Great Caesar's Ghost!

This is the first time that the Secret Service is there to protect the masses from the Clown in Chief. It says right here they are doing a pretty poor job of it.

44 posted on 11/28/2009 1:50:05 PM PST by stevem
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To: Schnucki

Really this whole thing sounds like a setup for a friendly to Obama TV show.


45 posted on 11/28/2009 1:52:15 PM PST by ikka
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To: TexasCajun
He seems so pleased to see them.

Remember Obama cried like a baby until he got to keep his Blackberry. I bet he called up or texed Michaele and Tareq Salahi and said come on over I will tell the guy at the gate to let you in.

46 posted on 11/28/2009 1:55:18 PM PST by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: Texas Eagle

Could it be that the blonde one was a ladyboy?


47 posted on 11/28/2009 1:56:07 PM PST by Yorktownpatriot
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To: Las Vegas Ron; KJC1
Can anyone shed light on how it was discovered that these people crashed the party? I missed that part of the story.

From what I've heard she posted pictures on Facebook and some how it was discovered by the press....I know, doesn't make sense but that's the story I heard.

I heard that too, but in addition, her facebook friends started calling the FBI and secret service & reporting the breach / asking if it was true, who then looked at the security tapes and verified that it was true.

48 posted on 11/28/2009 1:56:38 PM PST by VoiceOfBruck (She introduced me to so many new things... pasteurized milk, sheets, monotheism...)
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To: Palladin

I’m thinking the blonde is a tranny.


49 posted on 11/28/2009 1:57:18 PM PST by Yorktownpatriot
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To: Palladin

Katie looks awful... is her hair thinning?


50 posted on 11/28/2009 1:58:09 PM PST by nj26 (Say NO to Socialism! Government is NOT the Answer.)
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