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November 30th, 2009
11:00 AM ET

Prosecute the White House gate-crashers


President Obama greets Michaele Salahi in a reception line at Tuesday's state dinner. The White House says she wasn't invited.

Ed Rollins
CNN Senior Political Contributor

The gate crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi want to be famous as stars of reality television. I am all for that. Give them a reality television series and call it "Trial and Jailtime" in the D.C. criminal justice system. This despicable, desperate, duplicitous couple disgraced the Secret Service and embarrassed the president in his home.

They totally overshadowed the president's meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the leader of an important ally. The incident made the Obamas' first state dinner, honoring the prime minister and his wife, Gursharan Kaur, fodder for comedians - and it certainly raises security concerns for other world leaders visiting at later dates.

The gate-crashers need to be held accountable and not glorified.

Unless they have some excuse we haven't heard yet, the Salahis deserve to be charged with criminal trespassing and lying to federal officers for starters. Yes, they dressed for the occasion, but the Salahis are no different, and shouldn't be regarded any differently, than a nut case who jumps over the White House fence and tries to run in the front door. The only difference is that the fence-jumper would be shot ten feet from his entrance point.

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  1. Alice, AR

    Yes, they should be charged!! At the same time, they did reveal how easy it would be for someone, that hated the President, to get in and do harm to him. To think that this could even happen, scares me to death. Heads need to roll!!

    November 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  2. Tim Gibson

    A bit harsh there Ed do you not think? Why these two must be held in honor is the fact of the ease and grace they used to walk right in, invited at the door to enter, and exposed our troubled homeland security.

    Perhaps it would be best to charge them, put them on public display and turn it into a charge against the people of the US for revealing the reality of failure. Not accept responsibility but express outrage on those who expose the irresponsibility from the top down. Like butter, it melts when the heat is turned up and this is only one of the many stress fractures in our political landscape.

    November 30, 2009 at 11:13 am |