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November 27th, 2009
07:32 PM ET

Evening Buzz: White House Crashers Met President

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

It turns out the White House party crashers got to meet Pres. Obama last Tuesday night at the state dinner. Michaele and Tareq Salahi got to shake hands with the President while in the receiving line.

We'll show you the White House photo of the meet-and-greet tonight on 360°.

Meanwhile, there's a confession from the Secret Service.

The Director of the agency, Mark Sullivan, released this statement tonight:

"The Secret Service is deeply concerned and embarrassed by the circumstances surrounding the State Dinner on Tuesday, November 24.

The preliminary findings of our internal investigation have determined established protocols were not followed at an initial checkpoint, verifying that two individuals were on the guest list.

Although these individuals went through magnetometers and other levels of screening, they should have been prohibited from entering the event entirely. That failing is ours.

The Secret Service safely processed more than 1.2 million visitors last year to the White House complex. In the last several years, the agency has successfully protected more than 10,000 sites for the President, Vice President and other Secret Service protectees, screening more than 7 million people through magnetometers at campaign related events, with more than 1 million during the Inauguration alone.

Even with these successes, we need to be right 100% of the time. While we have protocols in place to address these situations, we must ensure that they are followed each and every time.

As our investigation continues, appropriate measures have been taken to ensure this is not repeated.

The men and women of the U.S. Secret Service are committed to providing the highest level of security for those we are charged to protect, and we will do whatever is necessary to accomplish this mission."

We'll have the fallout and new details on the case.

We're also following developments in Tiger Woods' SUV accident.

Police said just moments ago at a news conference that the pro golfer hit a fire hydrant and a tree when leaving his Florida home early this morning and was "in and out of consciousness" and had cuts to his lips when officers arrived on the scene .

Police also said Woods' wife used a golf club to knock out the rear window and remove him from the vehicle.

Gary Tuchman is on the scene and will have more for us tonight on 360°.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10pm E.T. on CNN. See you then!


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Jeanette

    This is telling the terrorists that it is possible to enter without any problems. Thank God everything turned out alright however, someone needs to be really reprimanded or fired for allowing this. This has nothing to do with race, why do some people always bring race into everything.

    November 27, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  2. laura mays

    Come on.....the party crashers had inside help,after all the wife primped all day .

    November 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  3. Joycelyn D Feggins

    Fired the secret Service that allowed them in!!!! Put the couple in PRISON for trespassing and and a possible threat to the President of the United States!!!!

    They would have stripped searched if they were black and the president was white.

    Are there any Secret Service men out there trying to allow something to happen to our President? We need our President totally protected just like the past 43 presidents, this is terrible that Party Crashers came facec to face with my president!!!

    Fire the ones that let them in!!!!

    November 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  4. Chris

    It is only fair to charge the party crashers, if it is found to be true that they were not invited to the White House. We should not take this lightly just because the party crashers only took pictures and left without an incident.
    The fact they left early tends to have one believe they were aware they were not invited. This not only put our country’s leaders in arms way, but the Prime Minister as well.
    It will not be fair if they are NOT charged. I see this as the same as if they jumped the White House lawn fence.
    It is not fair to our President and the visiting Prime Minister not to press charges.
    If not charged, is it only because the invader was blonde and not a black haired, brown skinned, bearded male named Muhammad?

    November 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  5. sam

    i think thay should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law

    November 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  6. Trachell christie

    Protocol was broken and If we live in the greatest country on eart then we need to stand up to the highest standards and Honor and Protect our Commander in Chief..We dont need to take the attitude of FOX news and see this as "nothing to worry about" or take so seriously..I am not saying the need to go to jail but action needs to be taken because anything could have happened.whether it did or not dont wait until it does...

    November 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  7. Steven Kasambeko- uganda

    The secret service did great in the past and certainly there are no questions about its ability. This incident only shows that no amount of hard work and history can cover up all the gaps and they always need to do their best. And for the couple, harmfull or not, they cant walk away smiling. That was so embarrassing on the side of america. They should face the law....whatever law it is that incriminates them.

    November 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  8. David

    Why do you people make such a big deal over the party crashers? It seems to me that they have given the cia something to go back to the blackboard about,that being a flaw in their security measures.. Good grief nobody was hurt so LEARN from this mistake so blabing and get something done about the breach and thank God nobody was hurt..So very simple I think as a country your people have many more pressing problems that are very serious,so letsa learn from this and then put it to bed and work on something like world hunger,maybe the drug problems in America.I myself really dont undrstand in these very difficult time in the economy why goverments and yes even the president is still spending milions of wasted dollars on these partys would the money better be spent on the poor who are living their lives out using food stamps,or searching for their next meal

    November 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  9. junior

    This is ridicolus, their are a lot of nuts out there who would want to harm the president. This srew up by the USSS just gives them determination to act on it.

    November 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Tamara Maldonado

    IF THE COUPLE WERE BLACK THEY WOULD HAVE IMMEDIATELY BEEN ESCORTED OUT AND PROSCUTED. THIS IS EXTREMELY SERIOUS THEY COULD HAVE HURT THE PRESIDENT AND EVERYONE WHO DROPPED THE BALL NEEDS TO BE FIRED ASAP. STOP THE DOUBLE STANDARD.

    November 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  11. Thurman Taylor

    My opinion is that the Seceret Service on the gate should be fired, and also the people that crashed the party should be dealt with. If there had been an intent something very bad could have happen.

    November 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  12. Nicole Miguel

    Seciurity should have been much more careful with the people entering for the dinner. This is just unbelievable

    November 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  13. mary

    this a serious matter and it upsets me that people are smiling and shrugging their shoulders the fact of the matter is he is the president and even if you don't want him as your president you still treat him as your president this never happened with any other president and it shouldn't have happened with him yes true there wasn't any harm done but you never know the motive and what if it wouldn't have happened the way it happened all we can say is what if there shouldn't be a what if when it comes to the safety of the president

    November 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Michael

    I think the couple did the Secret Service a favor by stress testing the security process and showing that it is not infallible, and needs improvement. Next time, maybe they will be prepared.

    November 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  15. Wanda

    It is INSANE that this couple could get that close to the President of the United States. As someone who voted for our current president, I now have major concerns about the ability of the Secret Service to protect him as they should. This was a serious breach of national security and should be treated as such. This is pathetic and also quite telling...terrorists are watching.

    November 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  16. Trachell christie

    President Obama needs to receive the same protection and respect due to past and future presidents...This needs to be taken very seriously whether the party guest are considered a threat or not. Dont make excuses for their trickery and do the right thing and set the right example

    November 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  17. Carol

    The couple that crashed the White House state dinner should be prosecuted. They should not be rewarded for this bad act. Throw them in jail to discourage anyone else from trying this in the future.

    November 27, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  18. JoAnne

    Lisa Bloom is missing the point. What "COULD" have happened is exactly the point, and the Sahalis actions should not be minimized and excused. It is a major security breach. Francis Townsend is correct.

    November 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  19. Ted Johnson

    I don't see why all the fuss. The couple went through security like any other guest. They went through a metal detector, the hand the magic-wand metal detector probably waved over them. The only person who should be reprimanded is the individual who had the list of visitors and gave the nod to the Secret Service to let them in. Nobody should be fired over this. You can't charge a person for what might have happened!

    November 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm |