Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Dinner Crashers

At this point, the only thing that amazes me is that the Secret Service didn't let Michaele and Tareq Salahi babysit the First Daughters.

There's been concern since Ronald Kessler's book about the president's safety in which he said cost-cutting measures would have to be taken in some of their details, including the elite detail that protects the Chief Executive. We'd seen shockingly lax security this past summer with armed protesters at presidential Town Halls sporting AR15's within a couple of hundred yards of Mr. Obama. The Secret Service denied any such cost-cutting measures were taken but last Tuesday night would make a cynic think the presidential detail was outsourced to a temp agency.

Because what happened at the President's first State dinner on the 24th just exceeds even the most unshakable suspension of disbelief because Michaele and Tareq Salahi, a Virginia couple, were not only allowed to slip into a state dinner honoring the Prime Minister of India, they were even allowed to shake the president's hand.

Thank goodness their intentions were strictly peaceful and that the President and First Lady were never in even the slightest danger. Magnetometers still had to screen them and all the guests but these people weren't guests. They were never on the guest list, yet the Secret Service, clipboards of the guest list in their hands, still let them slip into the White House and to make physical contact with the President.

Hopefully, the Treasury Department agents responsible for this will, at best, find themselves guarding and cleaning up after Bo, the First Pet or maybe chasing down counterfeiters in Anchorage, Alaska.

To put it simply, this kind of lax security is absolutely unforgivable.

Not only were the Salahis allowed to get within arm's reach of the President, they even posed for other pictures. Here's Michaele posing with three United States Marines in front of the White House.

Here's another one of the Salahis posing with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

And here's yet another of the Salahis mugging with Vice President Joe Biden. Note that these are screengrabs taken off their Facebook page.

If the Salahis are guilty of falsifying their credentials or otherwise lying to get within inches of the President of the United States, then they deserve to be prosecuted and convicted.

Yet we're not hearing nearly enough about the comeuppance that's certainly due these men and women who are supposed to be guarding the First Family. You and I both know, Faithful Reader, that this simply would've been impossible, as it should have been, when George W. Bush was pretending to be president. People were thrown out of "Town Halls" hosted by Bush just for wearing pro Democratic Party or anti-Bush tee shirts (although not by the real Secret Service but pretenders like the Salahis).

Mind you, President Obama has received literally 400% more death threats than George W. Bush ever did. And part of the reason why the Secret Service is strapped for cash and has been for years is because Bush shorted them to the tune of $45,000,000 back in 2001.


At November 28, 2009 at 2:19 PM, Blogger Jill said...

Not that I'm in favor of profiling, but it does strike me as interesting that a guy named "Tareq Salahi" went through a Secret Service checkpoint more easily than you or I could get through an FAA checkpoint on the way to visit grandma in Dubuque.

If I put on my tinfoil chapeau, I would think that the Secret Service were in cahoots with the Cheneyites to kill the proverbial 2 birds with one stone -- get rid of Obama and get America good and scared again.

At November 28, 2009 at 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is this any different than when someone decides to jump the White House fence?

Oh, that's right. The fence jumpers never wear tuxedos!

Kevin Schmidt

At November 28, 2009 at 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Obama's at such risk, you can imagine the rest of US from "terrists". Course, Bush won't strike US again and he's got Obama otherwise covered.

At November 29, 2009 at 10:33 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Zeligs are fascinating but not where the President and First Lady are involved.

At November 30, 2009 at 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At these events there are always
place cards at the tables. What
happened when everyone was seated ?
Surely there must have been some
scrambling. Of course we must remember Big O's SS team was selected for their Basketball skills not their knowledge of DC's
VIP listers.


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