December 16th, 2009
09:36 AM ET
7 months ago

Uninvited tourists attend White House breakfast, meet Obama

 Georgia couple arrived at the White House on the wrong day for a tour recently and got much more than they bargained for.
Georgia couple arrived at the White House on the wrong day for a tour recently and got much more than they bargained for.

Hogansville, Georgia (CNN) - A Georgia couple arrived at the White House on the wrong day for a tour recently and got much more than they bargained for.

After being screened by the Secret Service, Harvey and Paula Darden of Hogansville, Georgia, were led into a lavish invitation-only breakfast where they met the president and the first lady.

How the couple was able to get into the White House event without being on the guest list was called "dumb luck" by the Dardens. The White House is calling it a "nice gesture" and has been explaining how this incident is nothing like the breach of security that took place when Tareq and Michaele Salahi infamously crashed the Obamas' state dinner.

The Dardens got into the White House on Veterans Day, weeks before the Salahis' infamous party crashing. The couple mistakenly arrived a day early for a tour that was booked by their congressman.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    oh brother...here we go with teh GOPers/neoclows...the sky is falling, the apocalypse is nigh, mark of the beast, Leviticus blah blah, waaaah my diaper's wet, etc etc etc....

    December 16, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Big John

    In both cases the couples went through screening so I don't see the issue. It was a nice gesture.

    December 16, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Joe

    and they wonder why we haven't caught Bin Laden...

    December 16, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Baby Boomer

    Every now and then it's good to read a story like this one. Thanks CNN.

    December 16, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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