December 2nd, 2009
07:57 PM ET
8 months ago

White House will adjust security procedures

Washington (CNN) – The White House is adjusting its security protocol to prevent uninvited guests from crashing future events, a top administration official announced Wednesday.

Related: Lawmakers want answers on 'party-crashing' drama

Going forward, White House staff will be stationed at security checkpoints alongside U.S. Secret Service agents, Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina said in a memo posted on the White House Web site.

"Guests will be checked off of the list by White House staff and the Secret Service will continue to ensure that all guests have been properly cleared before entering the White House," Messina wrote in the memo. "Guests whose names are not on the guest list will be assisted by White House staff present at the check point for appropriate resolution."

"As always, the Secret Service will provide security and remain ultimately responsible for controlling access to the White House complex," Messina added.

Related: Social secretary won't testify before Congress, WH says


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Chris

    ...should be more stringent, sounds like a checklist to get into the gymnasium to attend the high school prom. I am still amazed as to how this even happened.

    December 2, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. mjm

    The White House staff were the ones who screwed this up in the first place. The staff were at the check points and let their friends through.

    December 2, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. diridi

    it direly needs to...at the same time, security for our nation.....watch out who is coming and who is going....from the nation....at the same time, bogus immigration papers....too..from kith and kin...companies...

    December 2, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. barry g

    I visited the While House about a month ago. We were greeted by Secret Service plus another individual with a badge which we noticed many personnel were wearing around the white house, which tells me that there was double security when we went thru. I guess it is the old story of a communication breakdown!

    December 2, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. John J, IN

    Wouldn't have happened at all if you didn't place the First Lady's best friend in charge of Social Services at the WH, who promptly demoted the previous staff who then quit.

    Just sayin.

    December 2, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. MT

    Why... Because the facebook posts made them look bad – or – the couple weren't big enough donors?

    All it takes is money, your name is ALWAYS on the list if you're a "good little" polittical contributor, lobbyist, bank CEO, Arab Oil interest, etc...

    December 2, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. A.B.

    The White House and the Secret Service should rethink, strengthen their security proceedures and ensure that last week's specticle never occurs again. In addition, they should send a very clear and loud message that crashing White House social events and other official government events will not be tolerated. That can be accomplished by prosecuting the Salahis for trespassing, and lying to gain access to an official event that they were not invited to.

    December 2, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Why haven't we heard who it was that screwed this up? I'm guessing it was some Obozo political hack, and there's a coverup in progress.

    December 2, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. somoHllalliK

    Im surprised we have'nt heard how this is W's fault yet.

    December 2, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    ...and if they look like they came from Hollywood they need to show a current Screen Actor's Guild card. Then let them in.

    December 2, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. impromptu

    What security? The security no one is responsible for? The "sorry for what happened "apology?Shameful.

    December 2, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. Dave

    They did not blame Bush for it!
    Finally something it's not Bush. From now the war is Obama's, the economy is Obama's, jobs are Obama's and WH security is also Obama's.

    Stop the mad campaign against retired citizen G.W. Bush and take responsibility!

    December 2, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Layne

    Our country is full of "nuts" who will do anything to gain attention.

    December 2, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. m smith

    well it is about time. This could have been a real disaster.

    December 2, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Allison in Atlanta

    Set an example and these "nut-jobs" will think twice......we tend to reward bad behaviour and this needs to stop.

    December 2, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. Polly

    Those two party crashers sure have the money, fine the crap out of them!!!!

    December 2, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. phoenix86

    Please tell the secret service not to let Obama or Biden back into the White House. Do America a favor.

    December 2, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Proud member of "Global Zero:

    Works for me.

    December 2, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. comprof

    Headline News and 360 are so worried about a couple that may not have been invited that went to the taxpayer's Whit House but have given given only lip sink coverage to the fraudulent conspiracy of Global Warming perpetrated by Gore, Boxer, Reid, Obama, crooked researchers, and most news media including CNN. If you, as a news media, had any credibility and balls you would be demanding that all of these people be prosecuted and that the in progress UN environmental dictates and Cap-and-Trade" legislation be stopped immediately. However, it seems that no one is "keeping you honest". It grieves me to see how over the years that you have become a "propaganda news media" rather than an unbiased and responsible news media.

    December 2, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. MR RIGHT

    cnn why is this news, who cares, big deal, it does not affect us in any way. LOSE THIS STORY.
    It has been over two weeks since the CLIMATEGATE story broke and not a peep or even an editorial until today in Cafferties piece. You are neglegent and dishonest in your reporting and you will be exposed.

    December 2, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Bill

    If you can't get the "little things" right, it makes one wonder about the thought processes on the larger issues we face ...

    December 2, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. Unemployed In Iowa because of Obama

    Hey Obanana, do your job, send INS after your illegal alien aunt and deport her now, but NO, because she is your aunt thats why she is still here. She must be waiting for the Obanana health care to get free medical from her illegal status. Deport Her quit wasting my tax dollars.

    December 2, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  23. Cynthia Hayes

    My question is: Why hasn't the Secret Service been reprimanded over an action such as this "party crash" taking place? I consider this as being a very slack move on their part. Someone did not do their job properly.
    Providing security for Our President is very important.
    Investigate every member of the Secret Service that was there.
    I truly like Mr. Obama and think he is doing good things for the USA.

    December 2, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. Eric

    Well gee is it just me or does that sounds like just common sense? shouldn't that have always been the procedure?

    December 2, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. Eric

    Well gee is it just me or does that sound like just common sense? shouldn't that have always been the procedure?

    December 2, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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