Thursday, November 26, 2009

Great News! President Obama and Prime Minister Singh Were 'Never in Any Danger' - Yeah, Lucky Tareq and Michaele Salahi Weren't Jihadis!

You can't have a bigger security breach, and if this were a Republican White House the press would be hammering the administration for it's near-catastrophic security lapse, but there's almost a breathless fawning over Michaele and Tareq Salahi, who crashed the White House state dinner on Tuesday night. See the New York Times, "At the First Obama State Dinner, the First Crashers," and the Washington Post, "Off the List, But Somehow on the South Lawn."

But this blogger is kind breatless:

Tareq and Michael Salahi of Virginia dressed in a formal Indian gown, and tuxedo respectively, and walked right past security, high-fiving one reporter, and mingled and snapped pictures with various high profile dignitaries in attendance. Among the many who did have their pictures taken with the Salahis were Rahm Emanuel, the White House Chief of staff, and Vice President Biden. Reportedly, the President and the Prime Minister were never in danger.
The Times' report notes that the couple "went through magnetometers and other levels of security, as did all guests attending the dinner." But the Post's piece is fawning:
On a rainy night like Tuesday, with a crowd of 300-plus arriving, security might have lost track of or granted a modicum of sympathy to a pair who certainly looked as though they belonged there. If their IDs didn't send up any red flags in the screening process, they would be sent through the magnetometers and into the White House.
Yeah, gotta cut that Secret Service detail some slack. The couple just belonged there! Man, if they could just cruise in so casually, it's not far-fetched to think that someone, somehow, could have stashed a cache of small-arms weapons.

But we don't want to jump to any conclusions.

More at
Memeorandum, plus some of the news reports:


Dana said...

Could this somehow be George Bush's fault?

JBW said...

"kind breatless"?

dave in boca said...

Given Biden and Emanuel's lax attitude toward terrorists in general and the Hamas-supporting Salahis in particular, I'm sure that Biden would have agreed with a lot of the anti-Israeli garbage that Tareq was probably ready to puke up in an instant.

Biden, of course, is still the only US government official to have declared that Hezbollah has been kicked out of Lebanon, so who knows what Joe the Gaffer might say with a couple of mojitos or the subcontinental equivalent under his belt!

As an orthodox Jew, Emanuel hates Israel for other reasons, but the effect is the same.

AskArtie said...

This couple needs to do "time". I don't care what their particular agenda is. They violated White House security and disgraced the United States for their own ends. This is totally unacceptable. Five years is a minimum sentence. How dare they put their own interest above the interest of the American people.