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The State Dinner for Mexico’s President Calderon……

PLEASE make sure someone is working the White House entrance from the Social Office……

PLEASE make sure the SEcret Service doesn’t let anyone just slip by with a ‘wink’….

PLEASE don’t let any uninvited Drug guys show up….

AND  PLEASE don’t let the Salahai’s slip in……

Nuff said!

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May 19, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Entertainment, Food, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | 4 Comments

The State Dinner for Mexico's President Calderon……

PLEASE make sure someone is working the White House entrance from the Social Office……

PLEASE make sure the SEcret Service doesn’t let anyone just slip by with a ‘wink’….

PLEASE don’t let any uninvited Drug guys show up….

AND  PLEASE don’t let the Salahai’s slip in……

Nuff said!

May 19, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Entertainment, Food, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | 4 Comments

The Salahis plead the Fifth before Congress…….

While they got dumped on by Congressmen from the House Committee on Homeland Security….the couple kept their mouths shut, under advice from their lawyers, who are sitting tight, while a Federal Grand Jury consisders weather to indite them for laying to Secret Service Uniform  Police Officers, who spoke to them on the night of the Indian State Dinner, and asked if they were invited to the event…..

This from the piece……

They also declined a chance to talk to the committee in a behind-closed-doors executive session. Which the committee’s ranking minority member, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said was just as well: “They’re not going to have state secrets.” King has agitated for White House officials like Social Secretary Desiree Rogersto testify about the security lapses; the White House has declined. Without them, the committee was just “going through the motions,” King complained.

“Did you have a good time in Las Vegas?” asked Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev), citing their celebrity “hosting” appearance at Pure nightclubSaturday. “Did you notice people had to stand in line and pay a fee — and they don’t allow party crashers?”

On the way out of the Cannon House Office Building, attorney Best held a brief press conference. He called the hearing a “charade” and “public flogging.” He said Congress would find the real answers by subpoenaing Rogers and Michele S. Jones, a Pentagon official whom the Salahis had e-mailed before the state dinner in their quest for an invitation.

“The Salahis are innocent and have committed no criminal act,” he said. “They believed in their hearts they were invited to the White House. This was not a stunt.”

Nor was it a joke either…….

We’ll see what the outcome will be……

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

The White House Gatecrasher story….with facts filled in….a month later….it’s who you know…not what you do……

I was going to write a lot about this excellent review piece in the Washington Post, by Jason Horowitz, Spencer Hsu and Roxanne Roberts….but I’m not…it isn’t necessary once you read the piece……

It all boils down to this…..The Salahi’s are opportunists…plain and simple…they took advantage of several faults in the system to try to get themselves a spot on a reality show….

The White House is run by human beings that are in awe of the power atmosphere they  live in…..

The grunts go to work everyday and endure the infighting, back biting and pressure that comes with working with ‘masters of the universe’…

And in the end…..

The Salahai’s are going to probably skate because of all the above…….

And who ones friends are…..

Note: The Secret Service in-spite of all the hype….has serious problems within itself……

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The White House Gatecrasher story….with facts filled in….a month later….it's who you know…not what you do……

I was going to write a lot about this excellent review piece in the Washington Post, by Jason Horowitz, Spencer Hsu and Roxanne Roberts….but I’m not…it isn’t necessary once you read the piece……

It all boils down to this…..The Salahi’s are opportunists…plain and simple…they took advantage of several faults in the system to try to get themselves a spot on a reality show….

The White House is run by human beings that are in awe of the power atmosphere they  live in…..

The grunts go to work everyday and endure the infighting, back biting and pressure that comes with working with ‘masters of the universe’…

And in the end…..

The Salahai’s are going to probably skate because of all the above…….

And who ones friends are…..

Note: The Secret Service in-spite of all the hype….has serious problems within itself……

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Counterpoint:…..In defense of Desiree Rogers…….

Lynn Sweet the Columnist…writes a rebuttal for Desiree Rogers, the current White House Social Secretary who is involved in White House gatecrasher caper……

In her piece Sweet, writes that Rogers has handled over 170 events since January when she took over the office, that yes, her staff where working the room the night of the Indian State Dinner, but no one was at the check point, and that won’t happen again, the names of the Secret Service agents that didn’t follow the rules are not know, but she is, (but they aren’t bosses), and finally, Rogers is being made a scape goat….yes, that’s true…..

The part that Sweet leaves out of course is….Desiree Rogers is on the inside, and has friends….the agents don’t…..

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Media, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

The White House Gate crashing could end up being politcal trouble….

The White House Social Director has turned into a political target for the republicans….while the democrats have signaled a hands off warning….Desiree Rogers has a target on her back….and the republicans are going to punches at her, to hurt the Obama administration….

Stay tuned because again, there is more to come……

Note: At point what does this blow over?…or Rogers becomes expendable?

The Secret Service has suspended the agents involved…there is a growing chorus for criminal action against the Salahi’s, who it turns out, have done this sort of thing before……

December 3, 2009 Posted by | Government, Law, Media, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The White House gate crasher incident is turning into a ‘who done it’?……and things are not good at the WH Social Office…..

It seems that there is whole lot more to the original story of a Secret Service person letting the couple in….

Lets go over some things……

Michaele is trying to get on the Real Housewives of D.C…..A Bravo Channel reality show….Which is why she and her husband had a TV crew follow them to …but not into the White House…..(great audition tape ,huh?)

The White House Social Office usually assigns someone to the gate to assist the Secret Service on the list, they produce……this time wasn’t anyone there…..( and I don’t give any credence to Gibb’s statement about the Service could have called for guidance, not with a long line, and pressure to get the people in on time)

It turns out that the couple tried desperately (remember the camera crew?) to get an invite from a Pentagon staffer, who might have indicated that they could the trick, but went cold on them in the end…..

The couple were denied access at a vehicle entrance , but then got out and walked to a second entrance, where they gained access…..

The couple was screened, and went thru a magnetometer…..Which is at first reassuring…..But  due their proximity ….would not prevent them from causing harm to the President, Vice-President, Indian Prime Minister or any of the guests, WH staff or security staff…..

……and then there is this!

Cathy Hargraves, a George W. Bush administration holdover whose job it was to coordinate guest lists at state dinners, told Newsweek that she quit her post after Obama’s staff made it clear the social office would no longer man the White House gates during formal events.

“The social office is most intimately familiar with the guest list,” McBride said.

“The reason why we had [Hargraves] posted there was that sometimes people are arriving late, and she could be in constant communication to the social secretary or the deputy social secretary,” McBride noted.

Ah, did you just read that?

Did the White Press Secretary deliberately omit that fact?….While throwing the Secret Service under the bus?

Oh yea…..

The White House announced late Tuesday that gate staffing policy would change. The social office will go back to making sure that one of its staff members is at the gates to help the Secret Service, the first lady’s communication director, Camille Johnston, told The Associated Press.
And there is more!….

The couple initially got into a Congressional Black Caucus dinner on September 26 ,where Obama spoke….With At this one they again appeared ….with a camera crew and no invitation…….There, the couple were challenged by CBC staff , and told to leave the event…..and the Bravo crew had the nerve ask to shoot the event  (I wonder why?)  and were denied….

Note:…..I join author Ronald Kessler who did the recent book , “In the President’s Secret Service”…..in suggesting the Service be returned  to it original home in the Treasury Department, the agency is simply too small to stand on its own, and that congress work hard to give the agency the budget deserves and that there be  a top management change and a doubling in man and woman power to assist the agency in being able to do all the duties it is responsible to do……

No less is hurting the men and women who serve…and this country and it’s leaders…..


December 2, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Politics, Updates | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The White House gate crasher incident is turning into a 'who done it'?……and things are not good at the WH Social Office…..

It seems that there is whole lot more to the original story of a Secret Service person letting the couple in….

Lets go over some things……

Michaele is trying to get on the Real Housewives of D.C…..A Bravo Channel reality show….Which is why she and her husband had a TV crew follow them to …but not into the White House…..(great audition tape ,huh?)

The White House Social Office usually assigns someone to the gate to assist the Secret Service on the list, they produce……this time wasn’t anyone there…..( and I don’t give any credence to Gibb’s statement about the Service could have called for guidance, not with a long line, and pressure to get the people in on time)

It turns out that the couple tried desperately (remember the camera crew?) to get an invite from a Pentagon staffer, who might have indicated that they could the trick, but went cold on them in the end…..

The couple were denied access at a vehicle entrance , but then got out and walked to a second entrance, where they gained access…..

The couple was screened, and went thru a magnetometer…..Which is at first reassuring…..But  due their proximity ….would not prevent them from causing harm to the President, Vice-President, Indian Prime Minister or any of the guests, WH staff or security staff…..

……and then there is this!

Cathy Hargraves, a George W. Bush administration holdover whose job it was to coordinate guest lists at state dinners, told Newsweek that she quit her post after Obama’s staff made it clear the social office would no longer man the White House gates during formal events.

“The social office is most intimately familiar with the guest list,” McBride said.

“The reason why we had [Hargraves] posted there was that sometimes people are arriving late, and she could be in constant communication to the social secretary or the deputy social secretary,” McBride noted.

Ah, did you just read that?

Did the White Press Secretary deliberately omit that fact?….While throwing the Secret Service under the bus?

Oh yea…..

The White House announced late Tuesday that gate staffing policy would change. The social office will go back to making sure that one of its staff members is at the gates to help the Secret Service, the first lady’s communication director, Camille Johnston, told The Associated Press.
And there is more!….

The couple initially got into a Congressional Black Caucus dinner on September 26 ,where Obama spoke….With At this one they again appeared ….with a camera crew and no invitation…….There, the couple were challenged by CBC staff , and told to leave the event…..and the Bravo crew had the nerve ask to shoot the event  (I wonder why?)  and were denied….

Note:…..I join author Ronald Kessler who did the recent book , “In the President’s Secret Service”…..in suggesting the Service be returned  to it original home in the Treasury Department, the agency is simply too small to stand on its own, and that congress work hard to give the agency the budget deserves and that there be  a top management change and a doubling in man and woman power to assist the agency in being able to do all the duties it is responsible to do……

No less is hurting the men and women who serve…and this country and it’s leaders…..


December 2, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Politics, Updates | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Salahi's do NBC's "Today Show"….no answers on who invited them….

Michaele and Tareq Salahi, in their interview with Matt Lauer on the “Today Show”, insisit that they are working with the Secret Service in the investigation ….and that have ‘been destroyed’ by the last weeks events……

Wait…it’s gonna get worst…..

Note: The White House Social Office is gonna share some of the blame when this gets finished……

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Crime, Government, Media, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment