President Barack Obama greets Michaele and Tareq Salahi during a receiving line in the Blue Room of the White House before the State Dinner with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India, Nov. 24, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)


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  • DianeMerced 6y

    I completely agree with "Frank Vest".....
  • hobvias sudoneighm PRO 6y

    "Sure, they were un-armed."


    they were screened for weapons and were harmless.

    i imagine there are two 'gates' you have to pass to get into a whitehouse function like this.

    one is the gate where they make sure you have a proper invitation. this isn't really 'security', but just the whitehouse's line for keeping the riffraff out. this 'line of defense' was skirted, but again it isn't really 'security' - more of an invite list.

    the second gate is actual security. the secret service. they're the ones who makes sure that everyone the white house staff have invited is thoroughly declawed. there is no suggestion that at any time the secret service screwed the pooch on doing this job.

    to go further - i don't thinkg the secret service should be wasting their time vetting each and every person invited on white house grounds. that's the job of the white house staff, and has little to nothing to do with security.

    the secret service's job is to make sure that the president and the whitehouse grounds are physically secure and that anyone entering the grounds is thoroughly declawed and *tracked* while on the premises.

    there is every indication that this is what occurred.
  • jakerome PRO 6y

    Frank Vest They didn't walk right in. They were invited in by White House staff and subjected to a security screening. Why they were invited in by the White House staff despite not being on the official invitation list is another question entirely.
  • Traci Hui 6y

    hah! i was thinking more along the lines of the Marines (or people with hand-to-hand combat training in general), but that works!
  • stealingsand 6y

    Thanks for posting this - was wondering if you would :D
  • Lida. 6y

  • Erika 6y

    Omg - can you believe this!!! Heads must be rolling!!!
  • Chris 6y

    she is cute, no doubt about that
  • mballen89 PRO 6y

    I think the white house site is not keeping with flickr community guidelines. Flickr is for personal use..for members to share photos they have created themselves. Flickr should not be used for a political agenda.
  • degrassifan 6y

    Why is the world so fascinated with this? There are millions of starving people (even in the USA - just look at the rise of food (nutritional) stamps) and the media is fascinated with two wannabee reality show gatecrashers who want a free meal?
  • Raquel Baranow PRO 6y

    House Homeland Security Committee asks Salahis to testify on Thursday

    House Committee on Homeland Security chair Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) on Monday announced plans to hold a hearing on the White House security breach that allowed Tareq and Michaele Salahi to gain entry to the White House state dinner last week.The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m.

    "The Committee plans to invite testimony from Mr. and Mrs. Salahi, who managed to attend portions of the State Dinner without proper White House and Secret Service clearance, and Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, who is responsible for the safety of Secret Service protectees and the plans his agency develops and implements to secure them," a statement from the committee said.

    Source: Washington Post, By The Reliable Source | November 30, 2009; 1:02 PM ET
  • Rodrigo Alvarez-Icaza 6y

    wOnderful Capture!
  • Tarehna Wicker 6y

    mballen89 , in making that statement you have just used Flickr for a political purpose.
  • Scott PRO 6y

    So much controversy over this couple! It is a wonderful Capture and i am glad the White House posted this!

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  • Capt._Obvious 6y


    the reason the world is so fascinated is that it's the Secret Service's job to protect the president. These folks were harmless in the end but they just may not have been. And in these situations it would have been easy for a party-crasher to get a hold of something sharp at the dinner, shake the president's hand like in the photo and try and attack him.

    And if anyone thinks the story is a non-issue, you should remember that the secret service director is and was pissed-off that the lapse in security happened.
  • jdog1063 6y

    The Salahis:
    Oh, Mr. Obama, could we make a proposition to become bundlers for your re-election campaign?
  • Kim Keister 6y

    This is 100% proof how stupid Obama is. Plus, while he's busy taking SSI money from disabled people, and treating disabled people like they unworthy. He also made it possible that all disabled people with his medical plan to be pushed to the back of the line. No matter if they have cancer or whatever,.. they are pushed in the back of the line. This guy is not worthy, the guy before him was better!
  • Kombizz Kashani PRO 5y

    needed to crop out that nosey face on the left of the frame!
  • ahmet mehmet 2y

    Oh, Bay Obama, biz yeniden seçim kampanyası için bundlers olmak için bir teklif yapabilir?

    Yess Me too:)

    görüntülü sohbet
    canlı sohbet
    kameralı sohbet</a
  • Blue States PRO 2y

    I thougt comments were disabled. Do you people have any idea how many complete strangers people at this level meet. You criticize Obama that came up from the working class to the highest office, but you can't do anything yourself.
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