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

    Go to the top. Don't blame the dispensible. Harry Truman had it right with the ever present sign on his desk "The buck stops here".

    November 28, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. rachel

    The white house social secretary dropped the ball. It doesnt seem like the couple gave a fake name, or threatened harm to the president or anyone else. What can they charge the couple with showing up to a party they weren't invited to and not beign turned away?

    November 28, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Sherrian

    I think this couple should be prosecuted for a felony if the evidence shows they lied to get into this function. You cannot take actions like theirs lightly or what type of incident are you waiting for to show that this is quite serious breach?

    November 28, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    couple of low class jerks ..put them in jail

    November 28, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Cathy in OC

    The couple should be charge with lying to Federal Authorities, maybe some jail time. The White House needs to get an Independent Investigator to investigate the Secret Service staff involved in the dinner. All staff involved should be placed on administrative leave until they can get to the bottom of this situation. This is the first African American President and there are plenty of nuts out there. The BUCK stops with the Secret Service, accepting failure is not enough. Just like the airline pilots, in this job you do not get a second chance. The involved staff should be fired.

    November 28, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. charlie in Maine

    Pretending to send your kid up in a balloon is morally wrong and stupid, Crashing a White House is not really moarally wrong but it is very stupid.

    Make them wash dishes thats the best thing to do with party chrashers.

    November 28, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Cheryl

    Heads need to roll, and they need to roll quickly. Acknowledgment is simply NOT enough punishment.m Unemployment needs to follow. And those 2 idiots (probably with the help of BravoTV, need more punishment that a slap on the wrist. These folks could have had bombs, or guns, or ricin, or worse. Methinks some nice hard time in a REAL prison would teach these idiots a lesson....

    November 28, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Mike in Montana

    This is a serious offense and breach in security for the White House staff, Secret Service and maybe even the Marine Corps. Somebody has to be 'accountable' for the major blunder and lax security protocol, and security procedures. It it was that "easy" to enter the White House grounds and the White House (inside).., then to a certain extent the President of the United States and invited guests were in danger. To be in the same room, fairly close to the President, including the reception (receiving) line and holding hands with the President.., is serious business. What if it was "not" this couple.. To breach the security of the White House and a person with terrible thoughts or religious beliefs and or alternative motives about the President and or the United States, this whole situation or circumstances could have turned out much differently. This breach in high level security should 'not' be taken lightly. It is 'not' a joke or funny. The couple should be punished to the 'full extent of the law'. This is a federal 'felony' crime under the law.., (period). Someone should be 'accountable' for their actions and breach in security, including this couple. There were also other important people in our government that were in that room and reception line, including foreign guests and invited guests that could have easily been harmed. Mike in Montana P.S.: There is 'no' apology for their actions in a major breach of high-level security. "Do the crime, do the time."

    November 28, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Peggy

    I give the couple props for pulling off this stunt. I hate reality shows, but I have to admit these two have some cojones. That said, they did probably break the law and should face penalties. But to all those out there calling these two lowlives: Haven't you ever want to crash a major social event? One good thing is that it shows what chinks there are in the protection of the President.

    November 28, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    I disagree with Buckwheat here. The responsibility rests with the Secret Service. The ball was dropped there. Maybe the investigation with show failure elsewhere but not with the President! The primary failure was with that couple. They need to go to jail and hopefully that will deter other knuckleheads from trying to do the same. They are lucky they didn't get shot!

    November 28, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Future Stars

    The unfortunate truth is that these people will get a smack on the wrist, write a book, star in a reality series and make millions. We are losing our way.

    November 28, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. bob

    Just as the balloon boy incident turned out to be a total fraud, I expect this whole thing to finally be revealed as a fraud. They were let in with invitations, it's all just a big news scam to get them a reality show.

    November 28, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Art

    I wonder if they would have gotten through the checkpoint if they were an African American couple? Things that make you go hmmmmm......

    November 28, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Jeremy

    I think that these two clows should be charged, but the double standard continues. If this would have happened to Bush, the liberals would have been making fun of the event and wanting the crashers to get off on the charges. Now since Obama is in office, the people are called low-class, racist, right-wing nutjobs who are doing this because the president is black. This was a stupid thing to do and I hope they get some jail time for it, but this double standard crap needs to stop. At least the Secret Service took full responsibliity for their stupidity instead of playing the blame game, however.

    November 28, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Matt

    Just wondering, how did they get those pictures from the event to put them up on their webpages? Did they bring a camera and ask people to take pictures? Did the white house give them those pictures? Or was there someone else (3th person) who is involved in this?

    November 28, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Steve (the real one)

    Why is this turning racial and poltical? This could have turned out really bad. This is NOT poltical nor is it racial! If this was racial, we all would have made a big deal about the couple's last name! This is about security and failure. No more no less! Please put ALL the cards back in the deck!

    November 28, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Cynthia

    They both should be put in jail and someone from the so called secret service should be fired!

    November 28, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Micky

    This is another non-story right up there with the ballon boy story. We can look forward to 10 straight days of continous non-news coverage. For the first 96 hours you will just keep repeating the story, which can really be told in its entirety in 90 seconds. After the intial couple of hours the ratio of story lead-in to story presentation reaches 5:1. 10:1 if you include the commercials. There will be the man on the street interviews and the neighbor interviews; 'Oh, they seemed so normal!'. Jeannie Most will do something on famous party crashing( this will be the best piece in the whole 10 days because it won't pretent to be what it is not ), and then probably two days of coverage of the coverage. Good Grief. If you don't want to do the hard work of real journalism have the decency to just put up a fixed picture of a sign: "Out to Lunch" and play nice music.

    This has been a non-comment.

    November 28, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Rich

    What double standar?. Doesn't matter who is in office. It is not ok for the Secret Service not to do their job. Head of the department and those who failed in their responsibility should be fired.

    November 28, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Kenneth

    All this advertisment is what these felonies want. They should be prosocuted if they were not invited.

    November 28, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Jayden,FL

    You know all security measures failed here so they are all to blame..... all involved should be reassigned to different positions not fired jobs are already hard to find.!... and as for these two "invited guest" they should be put in jail because lying to a federal agent is a felony

    November 28, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. ILoveCNN

    The WH probably has so many rich-and-famous and democrat-friendly guests that they couldn't keep track of who is who anymore.

    November 28, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Chris from VA

    Next on Bravo – "Real Housewives of Leavenworth"

    November 28, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Sniffit

    This is what happens when you dont purge your administration of holdovers from the prior (W) administration. You get people who sabatage things

    November 28, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Artie

    What a shallow ,self centered , thrill seeking society we have become!

    November 28, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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