January 4th, 2010
02:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Secret Service says a third uninvited guest entered state dinner

A third person who was not invited to President Obama's Nov. 24 state dinner entered with the delegation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, pictured.
A third person who was not invited to President Obama's Nov. 24 state dinner entered with the delegation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, pictured.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Salahis weren't the only unauthorized guests at President Barack Obama's first White House state dinner.

The Secret Service announced Monday that a third person who wasn't on the official guest list made it into the dinner by entering with the delegation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

A Secret Service statement said the unidentified person traveled from a local hotel with the Indian delegation, which was under the responsibility of the State Department.

A senior State Department official identified the individual as an American man, but declined to provide further information. The official said the man showed up at the hotel where the State Department was helping transport - at the request of the Indian Embassy - a group of Indian businessmen to the dinner.

"This individual went through all required security measures along with the rest of the official delegation at the hotel, and boarded a bus/van with the delegation guests en route to the White House," the Secret Service statement said.

The State Department official said it is unusual for the department to escort a group of private foreign nationals around Washington, but said the embassy made a special request to facilitate their travel because the group "was very important" to the Indian delegation.

"At present, there is nothing to indicate that this individual went through the receiving line or had contact with the President or first lady," the statement continued.

The identity of the person was not disclosed. The Secret Service statement said the person's name had not been entered into the WAVES computer system for White House visitors, while the rest of the names in the Indian delegation were in the system.

"Procedural changes have already been implemented to address foreign delegations under the responsibility of Department of State who are entering facilities secured by the Secret Service," the statement said.

A northern Virginia couple, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, made internationalheadlines by crashing the Nov. 24 event and having their photo taken with Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other dignitaries.

– CNN's Elise Labott contributed to this report.

Updated: 10:06 p.m.


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Tami

    Unbelievable. How humiliating, embarrassing and inept. Security – yet one more thing this administration has bungled. Wait until they start running our health care.......I'd even vote for W. Bush at this point.

    January 4, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Female Opinion

    This is not Obama's or his Administrations' fault. Secret Service and the Protocol Officers at the State Department are responsible for handling the visits of foreign delegations and someone there obviously dropped the ball. Again, not Obama or his Administrations' fault.

    January 4, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    This is getting scary, what has happened to the Secret Service?

    With the redneck cons burning President Obama in effigy in Georgia, his security and safety should be priority one!

    January 4, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Hugo

    Gee CNN this is all great News (sic), where is an article about surrendering our sovereign rights to INTERPOL?

    January 4, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. socalgal

    I'm sure Obama will find a way to apologize to the world for this too.

    January 4, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Charles

    OK! S ,we know the party was very crashable and that is what was done. Enough of the mistake reiterances.
    Let's get on to things that are important to life and safety, not WH protocol mess-ups!

    January 4, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Lady Pilot

    So much for security at the White House and homeland security. Obama is making it easy for the terrorists while he is 'playing' president. He needs to start taking his election seriously and do his job. This isn't a popularity contest for him to be nice to our enemies.

    January 4, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    I'm guessing that the third uninvited guest was either the Octomom or Balloon Boy. If 2009 proved anything, it's that we are a nation of fame-seeking douchebags. Have a nice day!

    January 4, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. frank

    And you wonder why people dont wont the government running health care. They cant even read a list to see if peoples names are on it.

    January 4, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. jeff jackson, alabama

    It's starting to look like Obama may want
    to consider some of the mob bodyguards
    from Chicago or New York.
    Lately it seems harder to get to a mob boss
    than the President of The United States.

    January 4, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. All the news that's fit to omit

    These little leaguers can't even watch the WH and we expect them to keep our airports safe?

    That is what happens when you select (not elect) someone who has NEVER had a real job, NEVER ran a business, NEVER ran a city and NEVER ran a state.

    All the fraud can do is RUN his mouth and only with a binkyprompter, congrats progressives, losing seats in Congress and Governorships all across the country, how's that HOPEMNCHANGE feeling now?

    2010, we take the country back from Obama and his "smart people"...............................

    January 4, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Great news and another way to keep the Republicans more distracted than they already are with anything and everything to complain about.

    January 4, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. braktalk88

    My question is: Why THAT party? I mean, it looked like one of the most boring parties ever. Why would anyone want to crash it?

    January 4, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Floyd B

    Who is in charge here? The President is being protected by clowns. Why not invite the T-bag party members. Oh that's right, they don't need to be invited.

    January 4, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Curmudgeon10

    Any updates on where we are on the "investigation" of the Salahi's??
    Also, what are the Vegas odds that they will escape prosecution, so Desiree Rogers doesn't have to testify?

    I'd put the odds of Salahi's being left alone at about 100-1.

    January 4, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Frank La May

    Everything i screw up since prince Obama took over. he can't even keep his guest list straight. so how can he possible keep our health issues straight. any chnance we can get a redo.

    frank la may

    January 4, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. RAD

    What's going to happen to these people, if that were me I would surely be charged with something by now. Oh that's right they have $$ so they can do as they please

    January 4, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Ms. Callahan....just sayin'

    Well this is certainly the 'in the news' update I need today....when I like what is on the WH menu..guess I just need a bus load of 'friends' and I'm in......

    January 4, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    It is ironical that secret services reveal a mishap regarding their responsibilities. If I were them, I will rectify the mistake, prevent future occurrences and keep quiet. Letting people know about your weaknesses is like inviting more problems!

    January 4, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. rachel

    What's up with secrect service security?

    January 4, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Mike Syracuse, NY

    So if the Obama Amateur Hour can't even keep unauthorized people from entering the White House, he's going to protect our air travel how?

    January 4, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. jules sand-perkins

    "The buck stops here."
    President Obama may want to have a more relaxed attitide of openness surrounding his presidency–after all, it fits his egalitarian image–but his office and therefore his person are important to us, too.
    As he has a responsibility to hire AND FIRE idividuals who will keep us safe during airline travel, he has a responsibility to see that he is as protected as possible by serious, professional, and patriotic workers.

    January 4, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. db

    Mighty tight ship they're running.

    January 4, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Al

    I can understand the white house being cordial, however,,,,,,,with this kind of security, especially in the white house,,,,,,,i have my doubts that Obama will be in the white house for very long. More than likely, one of the uninvited guests will make Obama the first black president to be assinated. My wife and myself, we had more security than what has been made light of in the white house. Our security let no-one in our house anytime,,,,,they were named Samson & Delilah,,,,,,,,brother and sister Doberman's Perhaps Dick Cheney could provide security, he has been know to shoot people, people he even knows.

    January 4, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The so-called Leader of the Free World can't even keep track of who gets into his own (borrowed) house. What a collection of clowns...

    January 4, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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