November 26th, 2009
08:38 AM ET
5 years ago

Feds: Couple crashed Obama's state dinner


Washington (CNN) – Two people without invitations crashed President Obama's first White House state dinner, the U.S. Secret Service said Wednesday.

The Secret Service confirmed a Washington Post report that the couple who crashed Tuesday night's dinner were Tareq and Michaele Salahi. The Post described the couple as polo-playing socialites from northern Virginia.

A Secret Service checkpoint "did not follow proper procedures" to determine if the two were on the guest list for the dinner, said Edwin M. Donovan, a Secret Service special agent, in a statement.

Playing down any security threat, Donovan's statement said: "It is important to note that these individuals went through magnetometers and other levels of security, as did all guests attending the dinner."

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  1. Secret Service checkpoint "did not follow proper procedures" to determine if the two were on the guest list

    so this is how you get to go to a state dinner

    now I know

    I just can't believe it took two socialites from Virginia to show this to all of us that want to go too

    luck party crashers

    November 26, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. mary stewart,arlington texas

    i am not concerned about the couple crashing...lets take disipline against he secret service agents who let them in....

    November 26, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. jerseylou

    Be advised every one that had any thing to do with the security detail should be investigated.This is a major security breach and should not be taken lightly.The couple that lied to get into the affair should be examined very thoroughly to see what there motives were.Security should be tighten triple,it makes me sick to think that some wackos got so close to the president.This couple needs to be prosecuted to the fullness extent that the law requires and given prison time.You got to let people know there is a line you can not cross.

    November 26, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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