November 28th, 2009
01:27 PM ET
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Steve. NC

    Jeremy,
    Get a life ! Nobody has called them low-class, racist, right-wing nut jobs, but I am wondering about you.

    November 28, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. jonny5

    I'm not sure why such a fuss is being made about these undocumented guests. They just helped find a huge security hole in the perimeter around the president. They should be treated the same as we treat undocumented immigrants. People who want undocumented immigrants fined and deported can complain about these undocumented guests. People who want amnesty for undocumented immigrants should want these undocumented guests added to the guest list.

    November 28, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. mjm

    It's not like they snuck in through the window or anything.

    I don't think you can charge someone for being granted access to an event when you allow them to walk through the front door, announce them as they walk through the press line, and serve them dinner.

    November 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. ken from holland, pa

    Jeremy, i have not read anything that calls these people rightwing nut jobs or racist. what in the world are you talking about? please use real coherent thoughts and posts in the future. thank you very little. your attention to detail is underwhelming.

    November 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. robby10001

    Is this "crashing couple" obsession just another story to detract from the accomplishments of President Obama and First Lady Michelle? I heard that the state dinner was a huge success, but I'll be darned if i can find a story on THAT! Does this news source or any other have the journalistic professionalism to report on it?

    November 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Impromptu

    The handling of the incident as gate crashing shows that rich people are treated differently. Only poorly dressed people( noncelebrities ) are treated like suspects.No punishment?This reaction makes everyone look weak, a very bad time to show weakness -at a state dinner. It brings down the whole visit.

    November 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. malfie

    The amount of fuss over these people is ridiculous. The Secret Service and the White House social office clearly messed up and they are just looking for someone to blame instead of taking responsibility for THEIR OWN mistake. Obviously from the Black Eyed Peas picture, they've met Obama before and their actions at the dinner don't suggest they meant any harm. Why not get back to dealing with the REAL terrorists, as well as beefing up security so this doesn't happen again? Giving these people so much attention is basically giving them exactly what they wanted to get, and I don't see how persecuting a couple of idiotic reality-show wannabes is going to do anything positive for the country except waste the taxpayers' money. I don't see why Obama doesn't step up to the plate and stop this stupid circus.

    November 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Independent Lilarose, Bandon, Oregon

    The Secret Service is waiting till this couple flees the country before they "search for them."

    I doubt either of these two will be charged with anything......

    But Secret Service personnel will lose jobs...careers.....

    Ahh, to be a "con."

    November 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. jimmy from florida

    The secret service states that the President was never in any danger as the couple had gone through a metal detector. What if either one of these two people had been a martial art expert? They were in closer proximity to the President and the Vice President then any secret service agent when I saw the videos on TV. I think the President was very much in danger had either of these individuals intended personal harm.

    November 28, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. kevin white

    everyones missing the big picture. If anything these crashers have saved the presidents life in the future. and if anyone one thinks this is the thing to do, well try it now, you can be sure the secret service have and will change the security when it comes to these events.They should get a stern warning with thanks from the president becuase now they are going to examine how it happed and it will never happen again. no one will get into these events again becuse you can be sure that you'll now need an official invite that will be incoded and the ivite will be checked and cleaded . so l really think these crasher have help with the future of security at the white house. [ LESSON LEARNED ]

    November 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Dave

    It is very easy to blame the crashers to get steam out, but first an for most, the secret service needs to investigate what went wrong.

    Given that this is a political and operational government embarrassment, I feel like these guys will get the heavy hand in order to ease the hand used elsewhere, and it should not be this way: when all calms down we can see that in some strange way this benign breach of protocol is helpful to plug some holes in the white house protection, which is a good thing.

    November 28, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. the rector

    Since the white house is public property and since the taxpayers provide the food and everything else that is inside of it, regular people should be allowed to go there whenever they want. Politicians are not in short supply and we waste way too much money protecting them from their employers, nobody got hurt these two didn't have weapons or ill intentions so who cares. As long as these politicians are kept off limits and locked away in their fantasy world they will not know how bad things are out here. Let them deal with the same stuff that all of us have to face everyday and maybe things will improve. Think about this for a second, the bush twins each have their own secret security details following them around everyday, and we pay for it! It's the same for the clintons the gores retired federal judges etc etc. Stop pampering the people who enforce corporate policy and enslave us under the yolk of imperialism.

    November 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Greg in Milwaukee

    Why is anyone surprised or making such a big deal over this? If we can let terrorists into New York willingly, this pales in comparison.

    November 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Chris Johnson

    It is amazing to me that someone can claim there is a double standard solely based upon a completely hypothetical assertion of how they believe this would have been covered if it had happened to Bush. Do you honestly expect anyone to take you seriously?

    November 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. W Spivey

    One look at her and you can tell she was no Redskin Cheerleader. Who is kidding who.

    November 28, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Dan, TX

    Somebody in the WH (may be even the President) had invited them and now somebody is keeping silent. I hope they have fair investigation and no cover up. Let the truth speak.

    November 28, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Will

    Is there anyone else who could possibly care less? This is what they call news today?

    November 28, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. La Chatte

    The White House should send these ballsy idiots a big thank you note! Their stunt exposed a potentially big problem. Suppose they had actually been "terrorists!" Oh, my! Such a mess that would have been. In the meantime, it certainly seems that there a couple of WH employees who should be asking if we want fries with our burgers!

    November 28, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Bob of Lompoc

    The avewrage citizen can't even put their finger through the ornamental iron fencing surrounding the White House without gathering attentiomn to themselves. these people did not just CRASH the party – they are up top something. I smell Republicans – if not to injure, then to embarrass the President and First Family.

    November 28, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Al - Calif

    WH statement: We inherited this secret service from the past administration. After 8 years of this mismanagement, it's not wonder that the general public can't just walk in any time they want. It's something George Bush did nothing about. It's his fault!

    November 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. steven genovese

    Prison – no joking matter.

    November 28, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Anne Bennett - Chicago

    I blame these hillbilly ignorant "reality" TV shows that Bravo runs that encourages and promotes this sort of behavior so that hillbilly over-chemically bleached fake blondes and overweight middle-aged balding men get their 15 minutes of fame. Who really give a rip about their insignificant lives when there are people just trying to make ends meet during these tough economic times. Bravo should publically apologize for hiring a camera crew to follow the hillbillies around for their "audition." The Salahi's are not that attractive for anybody to be wasting their time on.

    More importantly, this sort of stunt places out entire national security at risk. Nothing is more important, regardless of what your political persuasion is, than protecting our President and Vice-President. Why wouldn't the executives at Bravo vet out whether this invitation to the White House was legitimate? Are the Bravo executives stupid? They must be for taking anybody's word at face value just to get their show's ratings at the price of putting our national security and President and Vice-President in harms way. Hopefully, this incident and the Balloon boy incident will start the decline of hillbilly "reality" TV shows and a return to quality television programming because it is really lame.

    November 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. MW

    The problem is that if these irresponsible narcissists get publicity, talk show and tv time and fame and promote their desire for moneymaking opportunities...it will encourage others to do the same stupid stunts and maybe one of them will be carrying plastic explosives, poison, or some other nonmetal weopen, thus endangering our President, his family, staff, and guests. ...The media is already making them famous and they are getting plenty of celebrity out of this felonious act. To offset these rewards, dissuade copycats with whatever intentions,and link this crime with adverse consequences to perpetrators, this couple should do jail time. As convicted felons, they should forfeit any profits from book, speech or tv deals.
    I am sure that staff or secret service mistakes will result in appropriate demotion, or loss of job. And should.

    November 28, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Santa Fean

    That's the American spirit! Audacity and slightly criminal. Hats off to petty crime!

    November 28, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Bull

    This couple is no more low class or no more high class than the rest of the celebs that were in attendance.

    They didn't break the law. This is suppose to be a free country and in a free country, the people are suppose to have access to their government.

    November 28, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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