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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 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

In defense of the Secret Service……Where was the White House Social Office?

On the White House crasher story I have to post this…..

Bless the United States Secret Service……they have a tough, unforgiving and thankless job…..

On the night of the Indian State Dinner someone made a judgement call and made a mistake…..

But you know what….I ‘m not sorry to say we’re all human and I can understand….

I suppose something like this happened…There is uniform and special agents handling the line to get into the place…..the ‘list’ is provided by the White House Social Office with the names of the invited…I’m sure that the Salahai’s show up smiling talking to people and act like they belong…..the weather outside is cold and men are in suits and women are in gowns with shawl’s ….there is a Social Office person at the line..but that person is called away from time to time to handle ‘special’ guests…the agents handling the line has to look at the list and then check the people….Now you and I know but don’t want to admit it but, sometimes people don’t make the list but do make it inside because they ‘know somebody’…I’ll bet it happens all the time…. But these two did something no one else does….they put their transgression on Facebook……

Now if you have read Ronald Kessler’s recent book, “In the President\’s Secret Service”, about the Secret Service you are aware of several things……First of all, The Secret Service really doesn’t belong in the Homeland Security Department…..since it’s inception the agency’s primary function was financial crime…not protection….these days agents spend the majority of their time on protection….now that work in the Homeland Security Department…everything is protection…but the ‘Service’ is small agency in DHS….DHS is huge….and the Service and culture of insolation is screwing it employees…..Second real security would have the president sit in a hermetically sealed box….third ‘stuff ‘happens…fourth the Service has to live up to a mythology that simply doesn’t exist…and the fifth thing is they do their work in public , where the media can see their every move….

Kessler’s book describes how protection details are being cut, counterassault teams being cut back, other this being done on the cheap,  and there is whole section on how lead agents have been force to abdicate screening for large events for crowd ‘expediency’…is that what happened in this case?

I’m not giving excuse here……someone dropped the ball..and this could be a recipe for disaster…

But can you image the pressure it is to be the bouncer at a White House Dinner?….the movers and shakers……

I have worked with brave men and women of the Service in the past, and I tell you the travel, the pay, the hassles and the boredom make it a job I would not want….They lose a a lot of people to other agencies that are more forgiving in travel, work environment and money…..

Someone needs to put the agency back in Treasury, fix their work environment, pay them more and find a better filtering system for public events that are the life-blood of high-profile politicians, that lead this government of 300 million people….

After all… the men and women of the Service are all human…give them a break …so they can do their jobs…..

And say ‘Thank You’ once in a while ….They do a pretty good job…..

Note:.…Did the White House Press Secretary ‘throw the Secret Service under the bus’….by forcefully giving the White House Social Office a pass even though they didn’t assign anyone to be at the dinners gate to work the list. like they are supposed too?

This post has been updated……

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