An uninvited couple crashed President Obama’s first White House state dinner Tuesday night breaking through layers of security. The couple, according to the Secret Service, are Tareq and Michaele Salahi, they are also reportedly being considered for Bravo’s TV show “Real Housewives of D.C.” The security breach is sure to be fodder for the late night talk shows, but raises some rather significant concerns over White House security detail.
The AP reports:
The Secret Service is looking into its security procedures after determining that the Virginia couple managed to slip into Tuesday night’s event even though they were not on the guest list, agency spokesman Ed Donovan said.
President Barack Obama was never in any danger because the Salahis 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.”
Michaele Salahi reportedly did an interview with CBS’ “Early Show” a few months ago and said, “President Obama has made it very accessible for anyone to visit the White House, so that’s like a big thing right now.” Literally, it seems.
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