State dinner crashers greeted President Obama

State dinner crashers greeted President Obama
State dinner crashers greeted President Obama 

[First thought that came to mind after hearing this was the season 
finale of Day 2 on '24' - President Palmer is shaking hands with many of 
the onlookers, one of them being a woman hired in Day 1 to assassinate 
Palmer. She slips a deadly virus into his hand, and President Palmer 
collapses to the ground, panting.  - WK]

By Jason Horowitz, Roxanne Roberts and Michael Shear
Washington Post Staff Writers
November 27, 2009

Getting to the president is supposed to be tougher than this.

According to a White House official, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the 
couple previously best known for auditioning for a Bravo reality 
television show, not only got through various Secret Service checkpoints 
at Tuesday night's state dinner but also went through the receiving line 
and personally greeted President Obama. Their high-profile home invasion 
penetrated the most vaunted security apparatus on Earth, and the Secret 
Service issued its apologia on the subject late Friday.

A statement issued by Director Mark Sullivan said the agency was "deeply 
concerned and embarrassed by the circumstances surrounding the State 
Dinner" and added that "the preliminary findings of our internal 
investigation have determined established protocols were not followed at 
an initial checkpoint, verifying that two individuals were on the guest 

Sullivan added, "Although these individuals went through magnetometers 
and other levels of screening, they should have been prohibited from 
entering the event entirely. That failing is ours." 


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