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#503907 - Wed Dec 02 2009 05:07 PM White House Gate Crashers
ladymacb29 Offline
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Has anyone been following this story? Last week, a couple went to Obama's first state dinner. They posted photos on their facebook site. Then it turns out they were never invited and crashed the party. They keep claiming they had invites, but never were told they were actually invited.

Then it turns out this couple also crashed a Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner and was actually escorted out of the event by security. They also have started putting on polo games that they say are for charity, but never actually put the money toward charity nor did they pay vendors. (They also never paid for their extravagant wedding it seems!)

The Secret Service, which protects the president, says the couple was allowed in because one of its members didn't follow protocol.

Here's one of the most recent articles:
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2009/12/02/Report-Salahi-fund-investigated/UPI-74231259792298/
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#503908 - Wed Dec 02 2009 08:37 PM Re: White House Gate Crashers [Re: ladymacb29]
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Here in the US, this is major news... every ten minutes. I think these people are just rude, and malicious. They were NOT invited, and they knew it. Some sort of charges should be filed against them, and maybe...this will be the end of their 'crashing' career!
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#503909 - Wed Dec 02 2009 09:53 PM Re: White House Gate Crashers [Re: veronikkamarrz]
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And all of this supposedly because they are going to be on another reality-based TV show "The Real Housewives of DC" or something like that. And last month's story of Balloon Boy because his family wanted a reality TV show. I think people wanting their more than 15 minutes of fame by doing these TV shows has got to stop. These Salihi's need to be charged with every conceivable charge and thrown into the trash heap.
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#503910 - Thu Dec 03 2009 11:55 AM Re: White House Gate Crashers [Re: ClaraSue]
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Guess they got what they wanted - lots of publicity. Shame on them and shame on those who let them slip by .......
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#503911 - Thu Dec 03 2009 01:31 PM Re: White House Gate Crashers [Re: MadMartha]
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and shame on the media for giving them what they want!

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#503912 - Thu Dec 03 2009 01:56 PM Re: White House Gate Crashers [Re: Copago]
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and shame on the media for giving them what they want!




Thank you Copago, you hit the nail on the head. Sure, they gate-crashed, but so what? Yes, they shouldn't have done, but why the big deal in the media? Is it because we, the general public, thrive on this sort of 'no-news' news lately?

In the days of one hour news at six o'clock, then a repeat and updates at eleven o'clock, this would never have made the news! Since news is now being broadcast 24/7 we are inundated by non-news daily and now think this sort of thing is important? Bah! There's far more important events going on around the world, yet we pay attention to the attention seekers. Shame on us.
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#503913 - Thu Dec 03 2009 02:34 PM Re: White House Gate Crashers [Re: MadMags]
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Sure, they gate-crashed, but so what? Yes, they shouldn't have done, but why the big deal in the media?




I think the big deal is that they exposed a weak link in the Secret Service. Someone, purposely or not, let them through the door. Last I heard, 3 people have been suspended or fired.

Unfortunately the media is more concerned with the crashers than with what this says about those who protect the President.
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#503914 - Thu Dec 03 2009 02:46 PM Re: White House Gate Crashers [Re: wayman71]
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Absolutely, wayman. These people came face to face with the President and his wife, not to mention various other rather important people. What good is the Secret Service if they let someone stroll right up and shake hands? You don't exactly need heavy artillery at that range.
Frankly, I'm glad this is getting this attention, even though I'm sick of hearing about that particular couple. I'd just rather the focus was on the major security lapse.
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#503915 - Fri Dec 04 2009 12:59 PM Re: White House Gate Crashers [Re: Taesma]
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Unfortunately the media is more concerned with the crashers than with what this says about those who protect the President.




Absolutely, and that is my point. I did not mean to suggest that the security lapse shown by the Secret Service is unimportant, or that the fact the President of the USA (and his wife) were exposed to what could have been a dangerous situation under different circumstances. However, security issues and improvements therein are hardly worthy of international news. It is best dealt with behind closed doors. At best, this 'news' item deserved one paragraph in the paper ... not the limelight it has thrown upon the gate crashers themselves.
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#503916 - Sat Dec 05 2009 10:53 AM Re: White House Gate Crashers [Re: MadMags]
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Well, now they're getting sued by Montgomery County, Maryland, for failing to pay for $13,000 worth of liquor they ordered for some polo match this summer.
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#503917 - Sun Dec 06 2009 07:31 AM Re: White House Gate Crashers [Re: ladymacb29]
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This whole story is truly beginning to aggravate me . The only good thing about it is that it breaks up the news coverage [if one considers it hard news, that is] swirling around lusty, sneaky and allegedy dubious-beyond-description golfers. Didn't President Obama make a major-league important speech last week sometime? Good heavens, though ... it gets little or no attention what with the lead news stories being wrecked-into fire hydrants/fallen 'heroes' and/or big-haired blondes sneaking into political functions! But I digress. That's just the typical state of the news (or is it entertainment?) media over here in the US. I agree. "Shame on us" for letting this sort of nonsense happen by watching it all so avidly. First (even though they messed up, in a perfect storm, all over the place) I applaud that Secret Service guy for owning this mess in his press conference. It was a noble thing to do, taking full responsibility like that. And, in my opinion, he wasn't a bit wrong, either. Security, both his group and some others, let what could have been a complete catastrophe happpen. I'm sure it was simple human error (and that happens in any organization, no matter what) but in this case letting crazy unauthorized people into rooms where several gadzillion heads of state/powerful leaders are all milling around in close proximity? Not a very forgivable display of "human error", I realize.

But about these irksome Salahis. The Secret Service taking 'full responsibilty' has, possibly, taken them off the hook for any responsibility of their own? I have a mighty problem with that. It rings to me something like this (very different, but not entirely so) scenario: If you leave your house and forget to lock up and some pair of thugs walk in without having to get crafty about it and steals all your stuff? What's the deal, then? Is it you, the homeowner's fault, for the robbery? The thieves are scot free because you were sloppy enough not to lock the door? Personally, I don't think so. They broke in (locks in place or not) and are no better than any other criminal who might have to break windows to get in had you inconvenienced them with pesky locks or alarms. The official types are owning up to their laxness in this instance and have handled their end of it with dismissals and much public scorn, etc. The Salahis? They're calling themselves "victims", I saw the other day. Bah. They're no more than intruders and security risks. Since I'm so sick of seeing the two of them? I say throw 'em in jail. And that sounds a bit harsh (especially from my usually mostly liberal and permissive self ) ... but, in this case, I mean it. I don't think they should get the death penalty, or anything. But I think a fair share (and then some) of the consequences should land squarely on them.

Whew. I've been waiting to snort about this "event" for days now. I feel exorcised !


Edited by Gatsby722 (Sun Dec 06 2009 10:10 AM)
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#503918 - Sun Dec 06 2009 11:16 AM Re: White House Gate Crashers [Re: Gatsby722]
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SNL did a wonderful spoof last night satirizing the gate crashers and the whole debacle.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/05/salahis-on-snl-washington_n_381517.html
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#503919 - Sun Dec 06 2009 11:36 AM Re: White House Gate Crashers [Re: chelseabelle]
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ROFL at that video ! Perfect!
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