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

    i lived through president kennedy. Has not the secret service learned .

    November 28, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. ss

    They should be put in jail just any non famous person. Everyone in charge including security should be fired. No time to play games. Treat him like anyone else who would breach security. A poor black person would have been in jail already.

    November 28, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Terry

    Forget politics - what's frightening here is that anything could have happened to our President, First Lady, or others present.

    Secondly, it's just plain annoying that reality shows exist at all; they are fueling the most despicable behavior imaginable (ex: the "balloon boy's" parents feigning tears and making us all afraid for their son's safety) - only viewers can control this phenomenon now, by ignoring the idiotic "reality shows" which got their start when the writers' strike failed in LA decades ago.

    Just Say No to Reality Shows!

    November 28, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Expat American

    The couple should be prosecuted and possibly imprisoned. The agent(s) responsible for letting them in should lose their jobs.

    The 'Real Desperate Housewives' mentality in so many 'intellectual' programs found on American television only feeds actions such as these.

    Should this couple be given a slap on the hand because the woman is 'pretty and white'? Watch and see.

    November 28, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Michigan

    Pretty scary stuff. Obama was just lucky that these people were relatively harmless. Next time he might not be so lucky.

    They were able to get right next to him and shake his hand – it wouldn't have been hard at all to get a steak knife or carving knife from one of the tables once they were inside, and stab him, or Michelle, or one of the guests, as soon as they were close enough.

    Whoever let them in should be fired, if they haven't been already.

    November 28, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. all the news that's fit to omit

    This shows how much a bunch of amateurs this crew is running the show in Washington.

    It also shows that it is believable this "cult of personalty driven" and out of touch admin could have friends like these.

    This has to be Bush's fault somehow........

    They never got near the President.... ooops, there are pictures......

    One and done, experiment brutally failed.

    November 28, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. bill713

    That the President was "safe" is nonsense. The CIA at least know for certain that deadly weapons such as viral agents could have ben passed to the President at this dinner. However, the problem is squarely with the secret service and not the party crashers.

    November 28, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    I f this is what is more important then yes we are in deep doo doo untilll 2010 & 2012 comes around.

    November 28, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Tom

    I have a neighbor that is in the Secret Service. His hatred for Obama is down right scary and he also has a coupleof friends that have come back to his home in Montana with him that are also anti Obama, I first met these men was around three years ago, they were very racist and very right wing political These three men who protect are presindent wouldn't stop talking about Glen Beck and about race from what I got from them, this very common in the service .

    November 28, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Pat

    This is a FELONY and the couple need to be charged accordingly. Matt is right. How DID they get the pictures? Were they in collusion with insiders at the White House? I hope that the incident is thoroughly investigated and those involved are fired and/or charged as criminals.

    November 28, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. "crashers investigation...?

    This White House and its administration are investigating the wrong
    People ...admit it you cannot keep even the WH secure how safe is the

    November 28, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Alfred E. Neumann

    More of an embarassment than a story with "legs" but then CNN gave breaking news coverage to Tiger Woods hitting a fire hydrant at 2:45 AM.

    Woods was treated and released while CNN was on the phone to the mayor.

    I suspect this story will be good until health care reform debate resumes.

    November 28, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. SOL

    The White House, the Secret Service and the media continue to focus on this issue, investigating a joy seeking couple, all while the real crimes against the people goes unreported.

    Where is the coverage of Acorn, still being allowed to recieve taxpayer dollars, in spite of the fact that congress has barred them from doing so. Where this promised investigation in to Acorn? Why is there no coverage of the fact that federal judge has decided that they can still recieve millions in grants that were approved prior to Congress' ban?

    November 28, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. fwine

    In criminal law, a conspiracy is defined as "a combination between two or more persons formed for the purpose of committing...some unlawful or or criminal act, or some act which is innocent in itself..., or for the purpose of using ...unlawful means to the commission of an act not in itself unlawful."

    Sure looks like a criminal conspiracy here. Don't you think?

    November 28, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    The following malcontents are not welcome in the White House and must be stopped by the Secret Service: GOP dirty tricksters, NRA members carrying side arms, angry Tea Party demonstrators, pro-life advocates bent on violence, anti-immigrant red necks, and right wing conservative talk show entertainers.

    November 28, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. D. D.

    When are they going to interview and arrest them?
    Why didn't they have someone from The White House or hired by the WhIte House in the booth checking names? This is a two- fold error that allowed these attention seekers inside our historical site. In another country they would all ready be in jailed.

    November 28, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. west555555

    Slugs. We should all boycott Bravo Media. This is not funny stuff. It's a disgrace if they think this is funny. Throw the book at them. Maybe next time they should try crashing the Kremlin. Yeah, then they might not think it's so funny. Disgraceful to all Americans.

    November 28, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Bessy

    I really don't look at this as a double standard. I hated Bush with a passion, HOWEVER, I always said, and truly meant it, that I never wanted anything to happen to him because of a Secret Service mistake. For God's sake, if we can't protect the President of the United States when they are in office then what good are they.
    These people should be prosecuted and whoever was responsible for letting them " crash " the party should be fired immediately. I think that since these two are such " pompous asses " they should have to work, at the very least, community service with the homeless, etc. big time. Maybe they will learn something.

    November 28, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Dee

    Who gave their names to the announcer? This was too much transparency.

    November 28, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Hey Secret Service

    Dude!, you got punk'd

    its not those folks fault you couldnt protect our President.

    Quit crying over spilled milk

    You blew it

    Leave those folks alone.

    Or thank them for showing you your failure without someone getting hurt.

    Act like a man, dont beat someone up for showing you your shoelace is untied.

    (Mr. President Sir, Fire the top tier, if your life is their hands? Fire em.)

    November 28, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Rick O in Blue Springs

    The Social Secretary and some Secret Services agents are the first to be fired. Just think how many seconds does it take to act like you going to shake a person hand then reach up and break there NECK. The Secret Service agent in the room (tent) wouldn't had enough time to prevent this from happening. What if the target was the India prime min. or the President. As Mr. President would say this is a teachable moment.

    November 28, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Dianne

    @Steve On with the fantasy, I see it continues.

    November 28, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    More than anything, I think this story (along with the recent "Balloon Boy" incident) shows how celebrity- and reality show-obsessed our society has become.

    In both cases, adults selfishly put their own egos and infantile needs for attention ahead of the safety and welfare of others. Thank goodness that boy wasn't in the balloon; thank goodness no harm came to our President, visiting foreign dignitaries or the other guests and staff at the State Dinner.

    The good that will come out of this is a thorough and detailed review of Secret Service operating procedures and personnel so an incident like this will never happen again.

    In the meantime, people need to start doing something meaningful with their lives and let go of all this “wannabe” nonsense!

    November 28, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    Jeremy, are you nuts? If this had happened to Bush while in office, Democrats and Liberals would have been just as upset and anger! This was a serious security breach!

    Just because you don't respect the office of the POTUS, doesn't mean the rest of us don't!

    November 28, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Dianne

    @Cathy in OC I agree with you.

    November 28, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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