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November 25th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/25/09

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Tonight on 360°, the security breach at the White House state dinner. We're also digging deeper on Pres. Obama's decision to boost U.S. forces in Afghanistan and meet a CNN Hero.

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  1. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Interesting article on the blog that says people should buy with the head and not with the heart. Times of crisis!

    November 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  2. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Don, Nasville – good point!

    It figures that Paline would align herself with the Tea Party group.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  3. Hiwot, Ethiopia

    i agree, US should take a strict stand on Afganistan....

    November 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  4. Mike formerly from Syracuse

    There's no way I'll get anywhere near a mall on Black Friday.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  5. Imam Nurudeen Sulayman

    This is a bad attitude that can portray our national security as a weak one. Those White House security services need more explanation on what happened, why it happened and how it happened. Whoever is found wanting must face some sort of dicipline actions. I think that this issue shows that our security is not tight enough. If an uninvited guests could sneak into White House, what of if these people are terrorists or aimed at the president. I think it is better to be safe than be sorry.
    Imam Nurudeen Sulayman, MSW
    Bronx, New York

    November 25, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  6. Joel - New York

    This is just disturbing, we're so upset that there were definite failures on the part of the secret service and white house staff. You can bet that if they looked like some foreigner, they would have been stopped – but everyone's talking about how striking and calm they were. They just looked like they were part of the event.
    And imagine, let's not forget the Prime Minister Singh of India and his wife were there – all sorts of things could have gone wrong. Pres. Obama is not being protected to the degree that he should be. Sheesh

    November 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  7. Caroline, Los Angeles

    That story about the guy getting a settlement for flipping off the cop is proof positive that there is no justice in this world whatsoever!

    November 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  8. Eileen

    Roman Polanski is a convicted child rapist not a child molester.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  9. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Good for Toyota for doing the right thing with their cars.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  10. Michelle

    The Secret Service spokesman says proper procedure
    was not followed. So I would say there will be a shake
    up and the will be new agents at the White House.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  11. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    When the President clarifies the "mission" in Afganistan, and it is a worthy mission (with an end game strategy), i am willing to support a "war tax".

    This way, the entire country will have a focus on the Afgan war and can react mightily if the stategy is No working within a reasonable amount of time.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  12. Eric

    What most people fail to realize is that the secret service is terribly overworked and underfunded! Ever since this agency was folded into the newly-formed department of homeland security, they have had to compete for funding with several other federal law enforcement agencies; something they didn't have to worry about when they were only a part of the Treasury Department. Meanwhile, the scope of their protection responsibilities has increased substantially – now, including protection of visiting foreign dignitaries and their families, occasional security for embassies in the DC area, as well as drawing up security plans for "major national events", (i.e the Olympics). They are responsible for all of these security measures, while continuing to be the only law enforcement entity that deals with investigating counterfeiting, credit card fraud, and internet crimes dealing with finance.
    This latest breach in White House Security should cause this administration and the congress to reexamine the budgetary needs of the brave men and women charged with the protection of the first and second families.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  13. Cindy (Ontario)

    ps. As serious as this is, I too find it funny. Goes to show! No matter what efforts police/security/secret service etc make, the criminals / criminal minded are always one step ahead. You can't let your guard down...but I'd still like to think that people in general are good and kind hearted. Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 25, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  14. Samantha Mosner

    The couple that crashed the State Department dinner should be formally reprimanded. Their empty headed arrogance and insufferable childish need to force themselves into the limelight is infuriating and intolerable. Their attitude makes a mockery of a special Presidental event. This cannot be tolerated. They should be fined, spend time in jail and provide some community service.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  15. Rasheed O. Brooklyn Center, MN

    I Thank God that President Obama, First Lady Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the rest of the high profile Adminitratives did not get hurt behind someone's carelessness regardless how many people that were at the Obama's first Thanksgiving Party. Happy Holidays to the Entire CNN staff! And Thank You for showing the entire Nation this story about these two fake CELEBRITIES.

    Sincerely,

    Rasheed O.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  16. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Tom Foreman does a great job. I'm not getting up at 4 a.m. to go shopping Friday! Thank goodness.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  17. David, Indiana

    @Paul, yes the horror! But they should be arrested, picked up. Violating White House security is a no no.

    However polarized the country is, Republicans should support the president esp if he does what they're asking.

    I hope the Tea party activists do not unduely influence the Republican party.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  18. Mike formerly from Syracuse

    Oh no. If Roman Polanski gets out on bail he'll just run again. What was the judge thinking?

    November 25, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  19. Robert

    How did the couple that crashed the State Dinner get out?

    November 25, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  20. Ora Reece

    I am sooooooo happy that so many others agree with me that this couple should be charged and some heads should roll.

    Ora
    Detroit

    November 25, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  21. faye

    I think that this couple should go to jail for what they have done.If it was me i would be put under the jail.let justice be done maybe that will take those big smiles off their faces.

    Let justice be done maybe they won't

    November 25, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  22. Don - Nashville

    Are we talking about a new "party" to the system?? Wouldn't this just split the "republicans"?

    November 25, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  23. Esther Silverbrand

    What happened to what George W. and Dick Cheney said before the war started in Iraq - that the Iraqi oil wells would pay for the war and the rebuilding of their country. I reallize that Afghanistan is not Iraq, but if we would not have had to support the war in Iraq, we would have money to support the war in Afghanistan. I hope I'm not the only one who remembers that statement. Just like the one that the Iraqi's would welcome us with open arms. That was a joke.
    (please do not use my last name on the air. Thank you)

    November 25, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  24. Lynn

    I guarantee you that if I waltzed up to the Big Party with my traditional and natural looking self with my husband in tow, also traditional and natural looking, we wouldn't have gotten past the first Social Secretary with the clip board. But as long as you show up looking "striking – with blonde" hair and a brightly colored outfit, the doors are open to you! What a breach of security and only God was protecting the President and other people in the tent. Imagine what today's news would have been like had these two had more nefarious intentions other than to get their fifteen minutes of fame. Heads need to roll, adding a few more names to the unemployment rolls.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  25. david kumar

    Thank God nothing happened at the celebrations at the white house.It is a shame that this security has happened when our enemies are trying hurt us at any time.I think who ever is in charge should be held responsible for their ignorance.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  26. Hiwot, Ethiopia

    what do you expect him to do, this is a complicated war.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  27. Mike formerly from Syracuse

    Fiscal responsibility is an oxymoron with the current Congress.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  28. Don - Nashville

    What?! Sarah P in Nashville? Oh, no... can we overthrow the tea party?

    November 25, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  29. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Hi everyone. Knowing someone busted into a White House party sure is embarrassing for all involved. Usually these high profile events require a genuine invitation to be shown to a variety of gatekeepers. I wonder if one of the gatekeepers simply accepted an "Oh I left it at home" and didn't want to rock the boat around so many VIPs?

    November 25, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Mike formerly from Syracuse

    @Dennis, Obama was very clear during the campaign that Afghanistan was a necessary war. Perhaps liberals should have paid more attention.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  31. samantha francis

    i mean come on how would you sneek into the most high garded place in the country

    November 25, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  32. Cindy (Ontario)

    Pretty incredible stunt/breach...after so much money and many measures put in place for security/vip protection. Nice dress though! No doubt, someone's head is going to roll! Probably no one person's fault – just a gap in procedures that they were able to manipulate.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Emely Cruz, Newark

    Regardless of what kind if security there is out there, who would question that elegant blonde lady?????
    They would stop anyone with any different look than her!

    November 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  34. tom

    James, i agreee with you beauty had a lot fo do with it.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  35. Judith, New York

    Mr. & Ms. Salahi need to have federal charges brought against them. The behavior of reality-tv "personalities" is really getting out of control.

    Whoever was responsible for this security breach needs to be fired.

    End of.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  36. Dennis

    @ James. Yes, probably since the SS has a lot of men. Most wouldn't second guess a woman like that. I don't think it should be up to Obama, but I definitely think that the management should be the ones to blame not some poor guy obeying orders from the SS.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  37. samantha francis

    the presedent should get better gards that know how to do the job

    November 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  38. David, Indiana

    @Isabel I think she will be punished after all they have pictures and video and she bragging about what they did on facebook and here we are seeing all of it, watching them penetrate security again and again.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  39. joel

    This security breach is outrageous. The intruders could have been assassins using knives,tableware, etc to complete their mission. Get it together White House security!

    November 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  40. Ora Reece

    I think the couple that crashed the State dinner last nite should be charged with some kind of misdemeanor for invasion of privacy or something. This is a very serious matter and President Obama's life could have been at stake. It is not the time for Mr. Obama to be nice and brush the incident off. Furthermore, heads should roll wherever necessary.

    Keep up the good work, CNN. I am an avid viewer.

    thank you

    November 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  41. sharon

    how did they know where to go that security would not check them? when to leave before seatting arrangements?

    November 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  42. "starr, formerly known as vincent

    Isn't there a saying that you must be doing the "right" thing when no one is happy?

    I think that Pres. Obama will make an excellent presentation re: Afgan War. It is a global security issue. It seems as if he has gotten 'support" from a number of other countries.He will also have to state how it will be paid for and which civilian entities are important too.

    Remember, this was the "justified" war (supported by all of our allies due to 9/11). Bush et al, started this war and then ignored it completely while the main focus was on Iraq.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  43. Jacob NYC

    Unbelievable and Embarrasing thing to happen at a top security event.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  44. margerie brubaker

    At a time when there is so much dis-content with haters and right wing nut jobs, violent groups, etc. How could this happen.
    I am very disappointed in the Secret Service and alarmed. Please Please White House Secret Service, get yourselves together and do your job properly. A lot of people are counting on you.

    Sincerely,
    ole transsexual Margerie

    And ohhh yes, I am still celebrating the signing of the Hate Crimes Law!!!!!!

    November 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  45. Roger Parikh

    The couple was dresed just the right way. Tha lady in treditional beautiful Inian dress, man in a suite. Almost all the guest wearing the same outfits. No wonder secret service missed. Remember half of the invited guest may have left their invetations at their homes.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  46. steve

    Makes you wonder who is on 1st base as far as the US security level at the White House is concerned? My wife is also extremely good looking and I am sure they would let us right in too. I think I'll take my wife to DC for the weekend and ring the doorbell at the Front Gate of the White House for Thanksgiving tomorrow and say we are here for dinner after having been invited.............?

    November 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Dennis, Virginia

    We didnt vote Obama in to expand our war fronts. He was voted in office for health care reform.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  48. Derek Wellwood

    you would think that by 2009 the White house would be using chip cards with their invitation, which is checked with a secret service monitor device that would process the chip and show picture and information. I know the technology exists and is far more reliable than a clipboard.

    It's a sad day when hollywood protects the President (in films) better than real life. safe holes found in the system are good, at least things should change in White House security now.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  49. Cindy

    Tom...Just wanted to drop in and say love seeing ya at the helm! But I won't lie I miss Cooper and haven't watched all week until I saw you on.

    It's about time Obama did something about Afghanistan. He's waited too long!

    Cindy..Ga.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  50. Marie

    If this couple lied their way into this State Dinner, or side stepped the check point, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
    This President has been threatened like no other and we are at war in two countries. What on earth were they thinking????

    November 25, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
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