Tuesday, December 1, 2009

If the Secret Service can't protect the White House, what can it protect?

Last week, Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashed President Obama's dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and greatly embarrassed the Secret Service. They were uninvited, but somehow got inside the White House and even posed in pictures with some attendees like Vice President Joe Biden.

Incredible. I don't know what kind of story they used to talk themselves into the building, but it must have been a good one. Of course, the big issue is that President Obama could have been at great risk if they had meant to do him harm. While it is true attendees had to go through metal detectors to get in, it doesn't mean that they couldn't have used something like anthrax to hurt him.

However, there is no evidence at all that they meant ill will. It appears nothing more than a publicity stunt for them. Mrs. Salahi is apparently in the hunt to appear on a reality television show (big surprise, right?). If the goal was publicity, they succeeded.

Still, this makes me very uneasy regarding the president's security. If something like this can happen, the Secret Service needs to re-think its policies and procedures. And fast.

2 comments:

Joltin' Django said...

"I don't know what kind of story they used to talk themselves into the building, but it must have been a good one."

You know, she kinda looks like Nikki from the Seinfeld episode in which Jerry gets into a sold-out movie and out of a traffic ticket 'cause of his beautiful girlfriend. Maybe Ms. Salahi is one of those "beautiful women" who can get whatever she wants.

The entire party-crashing endeavor reminds me of a line from the movie Clerks:

"This is one of the ballsiest moves I've ever been privy to."

Chris said...

Notice where Biden's left hand is on Ms. Salahi's waist? Awful friendly pose for somebody he just met.