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Another person got into the Indian State Dinner with an invitation?

So it wasn’t just the Salahi’s that where gatecrashers that night at the White House, huh?

We learn of a third person……..Carlos Allen…with a State Department connection…..

Why am I not surprised?……..

As a matter of fact….. after reading about the Secret Service’s cut back woe’s, the Social Office mis-direction woe’s, and knowing the common sense abilities to administer a perfectly secure event , anywhere…..I am not surprised…..

The only real news in this piece is that the Secret Service is referring inquires to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District…..

January 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Men, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

The other shoe drops…on the White House Social Office and its boss……

Desiree Rogers …the head of the White House Social Office, is indirectly involved in the White House gate crasher caper….and has some explaining to do……she has already had to make some adjustments, due to the gate crasher incident……

Update:…..It appears she won’t be doing it to Congress…..the White House has informed the Congress that Ms. Rogers will not be allowed to tell her story to that body due to the excutive branch’s concern about ‘seperation of powers’……

In addition, The White House Press Secretary has had to back away from his story the Secret Service was solely at fault in the incident, after the White House had to admit that it’s Social Office did not have staff available at the gate in the incident to assist the Secret Service……

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

White House gate crashers will be questioned……

While the story of Michaele and Tareq Salahi’s gate crashing the White House might seem amusing to some ….it has not been to the Secret Service…as I mentioned when the story broke…some Secret Service people are going get burned….and as I suggested…the couple themselves are going to be speaking to investigators, who will forward their finding to their bosses, who will decide how to proceed with this incident……

Stay tuned…there IS going to be more to come……

Update: Here is a piece from the Washington Post on the attention (reality show ) angle…….

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Crime, Entertainment, Government, Media | , , , , | Leave a comment