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Couple crashes White House dinner, what should happen to the secret service and the couple crashers?

Crashing a state dinner at the White House apparently takes a security breakdown as well as some kind of nerve.

The Secret Service is looking into its own security procedures after determining that a Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, managed to slip into Tuesday night's state dinner at the White House even though they were not on the guest list, agency spokesman Ed Donovan said.

President Barack Obama was never in any danger because the party crashers went through the same security screening for weapons as the 300-plus people actually invited to the dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Donovan said.

Donovan confirmed the identities of the couple. The Washington Post, which first reported on their evening out, said the Salahis were well-known in the Virginia horse-country set and were being considered for the Bravo reality TV show "Real Housewives of D.C."

In an interview with the "CBS Early Show" in September, Michaele Salahi said, "President Obama has made it very accessible for anyone to visit the White House, so that's like a big thing right now."

The CBS interview was part of a segment on potential candidates for "Real Housewives of D.C." but never was aired.

The Secret Service learned about the security breach Wednesday after a media inquiry prompted by the Salahis' online boasts about having attended the private event, Donovan said.

One of the many photos from the dinner posted on Michaele Salahi's Facebook page shows the couple with a smiling Vice President Joe Biden. In other photos, they appear alone or together with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty, CBS News anchor Katie Couric, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and three Marines in their dress blues.

Donovan would not comment on whether the couple had been contacted by the Secret Service, how long they were on the White House grounds or other details of the investigation.

The Post said uninvited guests who got in could face a potential trespassing charge unless someone from inside the White House staff slipped them in.

Donovan would not comment on possible legal violations.

The agency's Office of Professional Responsibility was reviewing what occurred. An initial finding indicated that a checkpoint did not follow proper procedures to ensure the two were on the guest list, Donovan said.

"It's important to note that they went through all the security screenings — the magnetometer screening — just like all the other guests did," Donovan said. And, he added, Obama and others under Secret Service protection had their usual security details with them at the dinner.

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Comment by Keysha on November 29, 2009 at 10:53pm
They got pass cuz they were WHITE. Had it been black folk, they would of thought of it as a terrorist plot or a robbery. WAKE UP man. Nuff Said. Narrow Minded, stiffed folk,2012 will pass u by & kill ya.
Comment by N.Deane on November 29, 2009 at 2:44am
this incident is only giving crazy people ideas now that want to get close & personal with the president to do bodily harm against him.....i totally agree Secret Service is slacking,people handling security @ the party might be out of a job come Xmas!!!
Comment by soarrow on November 28, 2009 at 3:57pm
if was a blcak couple, no way, they could have passed the secret service. Barack got to watch him self, hire his own people, or else security breaches will continue to happen, until the inevitable.
Comment by SERIOUSWOMAN on November 27, 2009 at 6:17pm
oh please,, think people it a black man in office now...hello, they could careless who walks in the house and do whatever...please believe things are being set up and it is meant to throw people off to what they are really about to do......set back and watch the movie its about to go down if obama doesn't do what they want him to do, like don't sign the crime bill among many other things they don't want him to do they are showing him better than telling him your family lives will be unprotected or you will be black man do as we want, and say or else!!! have some insight people.

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